The Big Day is Here: Kate Middleton Has Given Birth!
Look, I know we are all supposed to be super-duper excited about the new leading royal lady in town, thanks to Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, but that doesn't mean we can forget about the original HRH, Kate Middleton.
I think there's plenty of room in the royal family for two leading ladies and I love that two sister-in-laws seem to be supporting one another so far. But I also admire how well Kate Middleton has handled her entrance in royal life like, well, a princess. She's been graceful and gracious even through her pregnancy complications and somehow has handled three pregnancies with hyperemesis gravidarum.
Kate has not only been a great example of how motherhood and a career can co-exist, but she has shed light on issues that matter to all moms (not just royal ones) by bringing awareness to maternal mental health and speaking candidly about how hard motherhood can be.
And now, the news has hit that Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy this morning. The Duchess was reportedly due on April 23, so she delivered on her due date. The world has been on royal baby watch and I couldn't be more excited. Between this and Prince Harry's wedding coming up next month, the Royal Family is busier than ever. (Which also makes me wonder if there will be any mini Prince Harry's in the future too anytime soon!)
Here's what we know so far about the new arrival:
Kate has been feeling great
Despite her rocky start at the beginning of her pregnancy, Kate's hyperemesis quelled and she was feeling good, even into her third trimester. According to sources, Kate was up and at 'em all throughout her other two pregnancies too, so she was not spending her last days with her feet up, downing ice cream like some pregnant slackers (ahem).
The hospital was ready for her
Like with Princess Charlotte and Prince George, Kate Middleton gave birth at St. Mary's Hospital in London and it's safe to assume that safety precautions were set up even more than they were in the past. In fact, the hospital has already been preparing for weeks and even put up “No Parking” signs near the Lindo Wing, where Kate was admitted for her birth.
Kate was planning to have a midwife for delivery
Unlike the U.S., where doctors usually attend births, midwives are generally the ones caring for mothers in England. Kate was delivered by midwives for her other pregnancies and was planning on giving birth with another midwife this time, too.
Will was ready to be there for the delivery
Kate and Will clearly have a very close relationship. And although historically, the male members of the monarchy may not have been present for their wives' births, Prince William had a very hands-on role in the delivery and stayed by Kate's side the entire time.
Kate will have no pressure to “bounce back”
With her delivery on April 23 and the Royal Wedding set for May 19, you might think that the Kate would be feeling the pressure to “bounce back” fairly quickly and be back to her normal, perfectly-poised self by the day of the nuptials. Meghan and Harry, however, have made it very clear that Kate doesn't have to do anything other than heal and bond with her baby. We have no doubt that Kate will do everything she can do be there and no matter what, will look beautiful. But it's nice to hear that the new royal couple has taken an effort to consider Kate's new status as a mother of three in their special day too.