Check out this bit of good news :

Yes, my wife and I are expecting a child, some time in June. This ultrasound was taken last month at around nine weeks, and yesterday we heard the heart beat for the first time.

We are absolutely ecstatic. We have two names (one for a girl, one for a boy) that we adore. I think it will be a girl, and woe to anyone who thinks otherwise! We are excited about buying cute baby clothes, bunny suits (of course) and neat little books. And I can already imagine teaching her (or him) how to say the names of the tram stops in Strasbourg.

To my surprise I am not nervous about extra responsibilities or financial burdens. Indeed, the joy has permeated my writing, bringing levity to an otherwise dense subject.

*Kudos to anyone who can identify the reference.