Katharine Webb Joyner

My wife Kimberly woke me a little before 2 yesterday morning to inform me that her water had broken and that it was time to drive her to the hospital. After 12 hours of trying naturally, another 14 of trying with the aid of an inducing drug, and two hours of hard labor, Katharine Webb Joyner was ultimately delivered by Caesarian section at 6:40 this morning.  She was 7 pounds, 6.44 ounces and 18.5 inches at birth.

Mother and baby are fine.  More to follow, including photos.

Needless to say, posting will be light for a couple of days.

UPDATE:  Some early photos.  I’ll post more to Flickr in the coming days.   Given the lack of sleep and the ordeal, there aren’t yet any pictures of mom and baby that she’d authorize for public consumption.

Katie Joyner in ER
Katie Joyner in ER
Katie Joyner with Dad, Minutes After Delivery
Katie Joyner with Dad, Minutes After Delivery
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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head 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. Jim says:

    Congratulations and all the best, James! Nice job sneaking in an extra tax deduction before the start of 2009 😀

    God bless you and your family.

  2. Bill says:


  3. sgt s says:

    Congratulations LT

    Sgt S – Gridsmashers Alumni

  4. lunacy says:

    Congrats! Welcome the the world, Katie! I wish the three of you much joy.

  5. Dave Schuler says:

    Congratulations, James. You and your wife have embarked on a great adventure.

  6. DMan says:


  7. markm says:

    Congratulations!. Sounds like the birthing went exactly the way mine did. Aint modern medicine a wonderful thing?.

    Oh, and like Jim says, nice fiscal planning 🙂

  8. Houston says:

    Congratulations and Happy New Year! Don’t expect much sleep for the next 18 years…

  9. Phil Smith says:


  10. dyre42 says:


  11. KVC says:

    Congratulations, your world has now changed in ways you would have never expected. Daughters are special in many ways.

  12. Anderson says:

    Yay, JJ, Kimberly & Kate! Let’s have plenty of baby blogging!

  13. Bithead says:

    Many congrats, James.
    At the very least, you’ll have another reason to party… err… be up at midnight.

  14. Mark Jaquith says:

    All my best to your whole family.

  15. just me says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife!

    Enjoy your daughter and treasure each moment with her-they really do seem to grow up fast.

  16. Rob M says:

    Congratulations and welcome to the world Katie. May it be full of love and joy for you.

  17. Michael says:

    Congratulations James. As for fiscal planning, well I’m afraid you’ll soon see just how screwed up our medical system is in that regard. But for now, just enjoy the goodness of a new life.

  18. Maggie Mama says:

    Blessings to the whole family.

    We already have proof that Katie is one very smart little cookie — She came in time for Daddy to take the 2008 child tax deduction.

  19. FireWolf says:

    Congrats Papa! It’s takes a real Dad to sit in the delivery room and watch your wife deliver via C-section. I know because I had to endure it as well! Congratulate Mommy when she wakes up and give her plenty of sleep will ya? LOL

  20. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    Congratulations! Your life has just been changed forever. May it be for the better.

  21. Stephan says:


    Congratulations to you, your wife, and your entire family. Send my best wishes and many blessings to all.

  22. NoZe says:

    Congratulations, I had no idea you were even expecting! And she made it in time to claim on your 2008 taxes as well!

    Best wishes to you and your family for the new year!


  23. I also had no idea you were expecting, but congratulations anyway. 🙂

  24. Paige B. says:

    Congratulations. Can’t wait to meet little Katie. Hope mom is recovering from the ordeal – sounds like it was a difficult one.

  25. fester says:

    James — Congratulations to you and your wife. We’ll have to bounce our experiences off of each other as my wife is due today (probably will be late) with our first.

    Hopefully Katie is figuring out that life is pretty damn good as there is now plenty of space to stretch out and food still comes when she needs it. I’m always amazed at how quickly infants learn, and I look forward to seeing how mine will develop, as I am sure that you are looking forward to Katie’s growth— enjoy, and have plenty of pictures 🙂

  26. Congratulations James. Best wishes to you, your wife and your daughter.

    That 2:00 AM wakeup for a 6:40 AM birth seems quite typical for some reason.

  27. Derrick says:

    Congratulations James!

  28. rodney dill says:

    Congratulations James…. Best wishes for you and your wife and the new arrival.

    You’ll enjoy a daughter… I have 3. The youngest just finished her first semester at MSU.

  29. Scott Swank says:

    Congratulations James! All my best to you, your wife and your young daughter.

  30. Steve Plunk says:

    Congratulations. It’s a wild ride from here on out.

  31. Boyd says:

    Let me add my heartiest congratulations, James.

  32. tom p says:

    She’s absolutely beautiful. congrats.

  33. DC Loser says:

    Congratulations, James. Fatherhood is a wonderful experience. Best to your family.

  34. jen says:

    Many congratulations, James! I am thrilled for you. Happy Birthday and Happy New Year.

    You are in for the most wondrous ride of your lives. Parenting is nothing and everything people say it is. Welcome to the club. =)

  35. Dodd says:

    That’s amazing, James. Heartiest congratulations to you both.

  36. Triumph says:

    Congratulations, J-Dawg!

  37. hln says:

    Welcome to your new life. May the newborn period go quickly, and may you never say (as we do) “I’m too old to be doing this.”

  38. Rachel says:

    Congrats James, she beautiful! When will she be inducted into the ACUS family?

    -Rachel K (yep, the one that left in May)

  39. Rick Almeida says:

    Congrats, James. I wish you and your family every blessing in 2009.

  40. Vixxxen says:

    Congrats on the new addition. I would like to honor your new bundle with my favorite quote by Katherine Kersey:
    “Children are given to us – on loan – for a very short period of time. They come to us like packets of seeds, with no pictures on the cover and no guarantees. We do not know what they will look like, act like, or have the potential to become. Our job, like the gardener’s, is to meet their needs as best we can: to give proper nourishment, love, attention, and caring and to hope for the best.”

  41. Drew says:


    You and your wife’s lives have not just changed or gotten more complicated, they are now of a different nature.

    Best wishes.

  42. Congratulations to the Joyner family!

  43. Steve V says:

    Wonderful — congratulations! Such an ordeal for your wife, however … she might need a little while (and lots of help at home!) to recover from that!

  44. mike says:

    Many congrats!

  45. Timmer says:

    Congratulations! May you all live as long as you love, and love as long as you live.

  46. Floyd says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, James & Kimberly…
    and Welcome to Katherine… your new BOSS!

  47. Floyd says:

    I meant to add… She sure is beautiful!!
    Congrats Again!!

  48. soccer dad says:

    Congratulations. Enjoy your new role of father.

  49. McQ says:


    Congrats and my best to your wife and new daughter.

  50. Matt says:

    Congratulations, James.

  51. Kathy says:

    Wow. She’s beautiful, James. Nice name, too. 🙂

    Best wishes to you and Kimberly.

  52. Brett says:

    Congrats, James! That’s fantastic. Best wishes to your wife and the little one as well.

  53. Fausta says:

    Congratulations, James! Best wishes to the whole family.

  54. Congratulations! Great way to start a new year.

  55. Bobbertsan says:


    As others have said, your life will never be the same again.

  56. Excellent news! Have a great New Year’s, and lots to come, and well wishes to wife and a baby!

  57. Franklin says:

    Thumbs up … enjoy the ride! You will forget about the ensuing sleep deprivation in a few months (hopefully!) …

  58. Larisa Alexandrovna says:

    She is lovely. Congrats to you and your wife. Happy New Year.

  59. Our Paul says:

    Thumbs up to Kimberly and yourself James, and with luck and blessings, maybe a few more to keep Katherine Webb Joyner company.

  60. RC4B says:


    There could be no better way to start this new year. God’s blessing on you and yours.

  61. kimsch says:

    Congratulations! I have a Katie too, she’s 18 now. I also have a new little first cousin once removed who was born on Saturday. Also by C-section. We need some stats: length, weight…

  62. kimsch says:

    Like Emily Latella – nevermind on the stats…

  63. jack fate says:

    Congratulations! Oh my! What a beautiful child. Godspeed.

  64. ken says:

    Children are the sun, the moon and the stars to the man who can love.

    Congratulations James. Your life will grown immeasurably richer in hope, love, joy, and meaning as you watch your child grow and develop into a young lady with a life of her own.

    Best wishes to Kimberly and have a wonderful 2009. What a great way to start a new year!!

  65. arguingwithsignposts says:

    congrats, Dr. Joyner. Enjoy your daughter.

  66. Moonbat Boy says:

    Wishing all the best for your family and future.

  67. Barry says:


  68. shane says:

    What a gorgeous way to start a new year! She is lovely. All the best to you and your wife, and congratulations on your daughter!