I’ve essentially spent my pregnancy right alongside that of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s. But with all this royal baby talk, I can’t help but feel a little left out.
Kate and I have both been photographed for updates on our maternity style choices. OK, so the paparazzi have taken a few million snaps of her while I’ve been on display only a handful of times.
Kate’s early and somewhat severe bout with “morning sickness” made front-page news. I, on the other hand, suffered on my basement couch for weeks with only my husband present. In fact, my constant nausea and complaining may have actually been more painful for him than for me.
The Duchess’ due date was originally speculative while I’ve been screaming my own due date from the rooftops for months as the date I will never have to be pregnant again.
When the time came, Will and Kate were whisked away by a police-escorted motorcade for the birth of their precious bundle. My sweet husband will drop me at the door while he parks our family mobile and makes the trek through the parking garage to the hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit himself.
Mobs of adoring fans spent days on the streets and sidewalks outside St. Mary’s Hospital waiting for news of the royal baby. I’m pretty sure only a handful of grandparents will be patiently waiting for news of a healthy Baby Grace.
Bookies and gamblers across the world placed their bets before the baby’s royally long name was announced. Two days after he was born, Baby Cambridge now has a name: George Alexander Louis. Most of those close to us already have a pretty good idea what our short list is.
All across the world, retailers have developed commemorative products in the royal baby’s honor. We haven’t shopped Shutterfly quite yet, but maybe Daddy will get a coffee mug.
The Royal Easel and the Town Cryer announced the couples’ royal birth. A Facebook post and crying 4-year-old will have to suffice as our birth announcement.
The differences in these birthing experiences will no doubt be stark. But one thing will surely be the same; our new baby will undoubtedly be loved and cherished as much, if not more, than any heir to a royal throne.
Photos by The Associated Press.
Amy Grace is a part-time working mom with two children. You can read her every Friday on momaha.
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