What News from DC

I’ve started this post several times now, and scrapped every word of it every time. Nothing I write seems to really work; nothing conveys what I want to convey. So now I’m just writing.

The title was originally “The Souvenir”. I like this title better. It can double up syntactically, making either a question or an exclamation. I like that title because it does reflect well what I am trying to convey. So; to answer the question.

My wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant.

My wife, Elizabeth, is pregnant!

Fatherhood is upon me.

There are numerous emotions that accompany this reality. Joy, excitement, all the usual highs one would expect. Fear and anxiety too. I sometimes don’t feel ready for this; I feel like things are different — the stakes are higher, failure is too costly.

We went in for Elizabeth’s 20-week ultrasound last weekend. This was the first one for which I had been present. Seeing our child on that monitor filled me with so much peace. It was the most moving experience of my life.

I can’t wait to meet the kid face to face.

For those of you who are wondering:

  • The baby is due October 12th
  • We do not know the gender; we want to be surprised
  • We have some ideas for names, but none set in stone. It will be a while yet before I start thinking about domain names
  • This post was originally going to be titled “The Souvenir” because this is a honeymoon baby

Please keep us in your prayers.

Kansas boy transplanted to DC. English major transplanted to web development. Lover of things.


  1. Mary Catherine · May 26, 2011

    Congratulations to you and Elizabeth! Can’t believe you waited FIVE MONTHS to let your friends know. Sheesh.

    • John P. Bloch · May 27, 2011

      Thanks MC! We started letting people know a couple months ago, but it took me a while to get this post written up.

  2. Jason · May 26, 2011

    Haha, what great news! This is one souvenir you will always remember.

    I have domain names for both of my kids, as well as me and the wife. It’s just a good investment.

    All the best! You’ll enjoy it.

  3. LaurenE (formerly B) · June 2, 2011

    Congratulations, you guys! I’m so happy for you! 🙂 We, too, had a honeymoon baby. It’s wonderful being parents, and you guys will be GREAT ones! 🙂 God bless and keep you both.

    • John P. Bloch · June 2, 2011

      Thanks, Lauren!

      After reading your comment, I have “So long and thanks for all the fish!” playing in my head…