Elizabeth Webb Joyner

Our second girl, Elizabeth Webb Joyner,was delivered at 8:35 pm Eastern Tuesday evening.

Ellie with Dad in OR after initial cleanup


Our second girl, Elizabeth Webb Joyner,was delivered at 8:35 pm Eastern this evening. She  weighed 8 lbs, 11.4 oz and was 20 inches long.

Mother and baby are doing well. More photos tomorrow.

UPDATE: Thanks for all the well wishes. As promised, additional photos:

Ellie with Dad the morning after
Katie, age 2-1/2, meets her new sister
Ellie not napping in her hospital bassinet

Photos of Ellie with her mom exist for posterity but have been redacted by the classification authority.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Ken says:


  2. Michael Reynolds says:

    Very cool man. I’m sure you did the hard part.

    Lots of guys obsess over sons, and obviously I love my son, but nothing will more quickly make a man go misty-eyed than a hug from his daughter. And now with two girls one can wear the other one’s hand-me-downs.

    Kidding about that last. No way. You just signed on for many more trips to Justice and Claires down the road.

    Ah, Claire’s: they break a man in under 10 minutes.

  3. Obama had two girls too. Clearly more evidence of the left wing tilt on this blog! 😉

    Congrats to your family.

  4. Congratulations! Two girls works rather well, as we can attest.

  5. ponce says:


  6. wr says:

    My congratulations as well.

  7. Congrats!

  8. Neil Hudelson says:


  9. PJ says:

    Congratulations 🙂

  10. Richard Gardner says:

    Congrats to you AND your bride. Remember when you were single, how life and times change.

  11. MarkedMan says:

    That’s a big baby! Congrats!

  12. Jay Tea says:

    Congratulations! If that doesn’t reassert what is really important in life vs. politics, I dunno what will.

    Stormy, George W. Bush also had two daughters… but he was considerably more efficient about getting them than James or Obama.


  13. Hey Norm says:


  14. rodney dill says:


  15. Maggie Mama says:

    Elizabeth, great name. I chose it for one of my daughters, too. Congratulations to the entire family.

  16. Vast Variety says:


  17. OzarkHillbilly (used to be tom p) says:


  18. Rob in CT says:

    Congratulations… she looks good ‘n healthy. I hope mom gets some sleep.

  19. Boyd says:

    Congratulations! But more importantly, I hope you don’t plan on using Elizabeth’s birth as an excuse to let up on posting. 😉

  20. Herb says:


    They make you wear masks in the delivery room now? That’s socialist. “C’mon, doc, it’s only a flavor saver, not SARS.”

  21. Congratulations, and I’ll just add what one of my youngest cousins said when we learned his brother and sister-in-law were having twin girls – Dude, you’re gonna be spending a lot of time at the mall. \

  22. Bleev K says:


  23. mattb says:

    Congratz James!

  24. Franklin says:

    Nice, I’m a bit jealous that you’re getting all the girls, but congratulations nonetheless!

  25. Moosebreath says:

    Mazel Tov. And who is that masked Man?

  26. John Burgess says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife! And Elizabeth’s big sister.

  27. Brian says:

    Congrats to all – may she sleep through the night. 😉

  28. CB says:

    congrats as well!

  29. legion says:

    Awesome! Good to hear, James!

  30. Barry says:


  31. Matt says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife!

  32. steve says:

    Grats! Hope Mom recovers quickly from the section.


  33. Sandra says:

    Blessings upon your family with this joyful news!

  34. Congratulations, hope all is well, and Big Sister is happy with Little Sis taking up the marginal attention.

  35. Janis Gore says:


  36. Oh, and if you don’t have a minivan yet, you will soon.

  37. Steve Verdon says:

    You are insane James…or your first kid was well behaved.

    Congratulations mate.

  38. Rick Almeida says:

    Congratulations to you and your growing clan!

  39. Dustin says:

    Congratulations. All the best to the growing family!

  40. Rock says:

    Congratulations !

  41. physics geek says:

    Congratulations, James. I will say as an older father of three small children, the joy increases with each child. Sure, the headaches increase as well, but the joy far surpasses it.

    Again, congratulations to the entire Joyner family.

  42. Janis Gore says:

    Where did Katie get that pretty curly hair? I’m envious.

    And I like the diminutive “Ellie,” not that you should care.

  43. James Joyner says:

    @Janice: Thanks. Ellie is more commonly a diminutive for Eleanor but I like it a lot. Katie’s hair is courtesy of my mother. Mine would be fairly curly, too, if I didn’t get it cut short every 2-3 weeks.

  44. Eric the OTB Lurker says:

    Congratulations, James. Totally awesome. I’ve got two myself (age 6 and 8) and it’s totally awesome watching them grow together.

    Despite the bitter partisan sniping that can sometimes go on in the comment section here, this is one topic that I can say we are all bipartisan on.

    Again, congrats.

  45. Mario Mirarchi says:

    Congratulations James!

  46. dutchmarbel says:

    Congratulations with the new baby – and nice to see a pic of Katy again too 🙂

  47. dutchmarbel says:

    katie, not katy…. my sister-in-law is called katy so the fingers followed the better known route 🙂

  48. Eric Florack says:

    (grin) Nice to see, James.