FRANKFORT — Dirty diapers will likely dot the campaign trails of both heavyweight Democratic candidates in the 2010 U.S. Senate race.
Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and Allison Patrick Mongiardo, who married last June 21 after an 18-month engagement, are expecting their first child in late December.
"Either Dec. 29 or 30," a smiling lieutenant governor said Thursday in the Capitol with his wife at his side.
"Everything is going fine," she said, adding that she craves McDonald's fruit and yogurt parfait. "I can't get enough of that."
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Mongiardo is battling Attorney General Jack Conway in the race for the Senate seat now held by Republican Jim Bunning.
Conway and his wife, Elizabeth, announced earlier this year that they are expecting a daughter July 31. The couple, who were married in 2006, will name their first child Eva, spokeswoman Allison Martin said Thursday.
The last child born to a couple in the state's lieutenant governor's office came in 2003, when former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and Heather French Henry had their second daughter. Their first daughter was born in 2000 while he was in office.
Before then, the last child born to a couple in the state's second highest elective office was in 1901, when John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham and his wife, Jean Raphael Fuqua Beckham, had a daughter.
The Mongiardos, who got a good doctor's report at the end of the first trimester on Thursday, don't yet know the sex of their child.
As for a name, Daniel Mongiardo said "the Italian tradition is, if it's a boy, to name him after the mother's father.
"That would be Dan, which would be OK with me," he said.
"But the Irish tradition is for the wife to pick," Allison Mongiardo quickly added.
As an ear, nose and throat surgeon, Daniel Mongiardo, 48, said he spent medical rotations in obstetrics and gynecology.
"I learned a lot about babies," he said. "I understand that this is the most responsibility I've ever taken in my life."
Allison Mongiardo, who has a bachelor's degree in communications, said she was working on prerequisites to become a pediatric nurse but has put those plans on hold for a year. She is 23.