See You Later: Patch Editor's Got an Independent Project This Summer

South San Francisco Patch Editor Drew Himmelstein will be away from the site temporarily due to an upcoming change in her life.

A lot of you have noticed that I'm on the verge of a big change in my life.

I didn't say anything at first, but sometime this spring, I started to get double-takes from people I regularly see at school board meetings and community events.

"How are you feeling?" they asked. And then, "When are you due?"

I'm expecting my first child in July, a boy, and my husband and I couldn't be happier. In between the excitement of receiving baby clothes from generous friends and family and painting our little "baby closet" at home, I've been hard at work covering a busy news period in South San Francisco and who've done it before me.

I've so appreciated hearing your kind wishes for me and for the baby, and I've been working so hard that it's been hard to believe I'm on the verge of a (temporary) stop. 

But the end has nearly come: tomorrow is my last day of work before I start my maternity leave. 

I leave you in excellent hands; , who is currently doing great work over on Pacifica Patch, will be covering South San Francisco Patch while I'm gone. She'll be devoting her considerable energy to covering local schools, business, government and community events just as you're used to, while putting her own unique spin on things, I'm sure. You can reach her at southsanfranciscopatch@gmail.com.

I will be back this fall, but you'll hear from me before then. When the baby comes, I'll be posting a birth announcement here on Patch so that you can ogle his funny-looking features (because every baby is funny-looking in his or her own way).

Now for some fun: my colleagues tried to convince me to put a poll on Patch and let readers choose the baby's name. I declined, but I think I have an even better idea.

In the course of name discussions, my husband, Aaron, and I haven't agreed on everything. There's always a name one of us loves that the other finds unthinkable. In the poll below, I offer you two such names, one beloved by me and one by Aaron, though I won't say which is which. Vote below on the one that you prefer; the result will be insufferable bragging rights by the winning spouse. 

Thank you so much for your support, and I look forward to returning to editing South San Francisco Patch this fall.

Jim C June 15, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Drew, congratulations! Your life is about to change in ways you can't even imagine. I'm so happy for you and your husband.
Jennifer van der Kleut June 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hope to see you around while you're "gone!" Can't wait to meet your little boy. Call me for boy tips!
Austin Choi June 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Congratulations!!! The best time of your life starts now...
Taylor Wiles June 15, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Congratulations, Drew! I'm voting for Mordechi. I can't wait to fill in at South San Francisco while you're away, but you'll be missed.
Mark Cox June 18, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This is such a special season for you and your husband and I'm glad you're getting some time off work to really savor it. Go to as many movies and nice dinners out as you can now-- it won't be the same once the little guy comes! Thanks for all your support and for all the hard work you give to South City Patch. Enjoy the time off -- you deserve it!


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