After weeks of rumours and whispers, Prince William and Kate Middleton have confirmed they’re expecting their first baby.
The royal couple broke the news Monday after Kate was spotted checking into a London hospital for some pretty bad morning sickness. The official statement says, "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby. As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter." (No other details, like a due date, were announced at the time I write this).
But what will the name be?
What will the sex be? What will this latest royal look like?
Well a top forensic artist has already put together a composite sketch of how Prince William and Kate Middleton’s kids might look. Forensic artist Joe Mullins’s pictures are kinda creepy but intriguing. And they’re based on the science of estimating dominant genes passed from each parent. Studying pictures of Wills and Kate, Joe used the latest computer technology to predict how Britain’s baby #1 might look. If it’s a boy, expect the kid to inherit much of William’s traits, including the famous ears. A daughter would likely look more like Kate, with a slightly pointed chin and long brown hair. (SEE PIC)
In the end, there will be more guessing, predictions and hype over this birth than any celebrity babyfest of the last 100 years. As for the name, I think it’s safe to say "Hashtag" is out of the running. Westman went "berzerk" last week when a couple named their kid Hashtag, after the twitter symbol that identifies the topic of discussion on the micro blogging site. Parents across the area were up in arms that someone could be so reckless in naming their child something so bizarre. But wait a second. In the beginning, there were just bible names for the most part. Someone had to think out of the box to introduce names like Apple and Coco (Gwyneth Paltrow thanks) so we could have names other than Noah, John and David. Vegas is already taking bets on the name. If it’s a girl, odds are good that Kate and William will name their firstborn after Queen Elizabeth (8-1). The odds of them naming the baby after William’s mom, the late Princess Diana, are 12-1. The odds aren’t good for the baby being named after William’s stepmother Camilla (66-1) or Sarah Ferguson (250-1). If it’s a boy, John and Charles are the 10-1 favourites.
As for advice for Kate, being a first time mom, the number one piece of advice Westman moms gave Kate this week was this: "Enjoy your kids, they grow up fast."
Here’s what others thought:
Raquel Rosa: I’m sure she’ll do fine with all her nannies. Remember she’s not just a regular person like us, but I would say this: enjoy your sleep now. Being a mom is the best feeling in the world.
Judi Elizabeth Smith: Get used to less sleep and time for you, but I guess she does have the nanny option! Enjoy the snuggles!
Rebecca Thorne Sine: She is suffering from HG, so my advice would be to rest when you can. Throwing up 24/7 is exhausting and she can’t be running around for publicity, she needs to relax now more than ever!
Katie Wiseman: Just because you are rich and famous and royal doesn’t mean you don’t want to be a mom and do all the hands on work.
Susan June: She will be steeped in advice from the Royals. She’ll need advice on how to manage all the advice she’ll be getting.
Judi Elizabeth Smith: She could be a very good hands on mom but I bet will still have a governess! Diana had one as a child who was quite dear to her! Just the way of the lifestyle! (Lots of public appearances/engagements etc) as for the morning sickness I feel for her! Not fun!
Charlotte Moore-Grant: I am sure the queen will have plenty of advice!
Katrina C Manuliak: Get lots of rest sleep when baby is sleeping.
Daniele Stewart: Hang in there with the morning sickness. I had the same thing. I was only hospitalized once but I had terrible morning sickness from eight weeks until the day after she was born. It’s not fun. Prayers hers stops at 14 weeks.
Lori Crooks: Ask questions — don’t feel stupid about the questions you ask — and relax even though you don’t think so — you will know what to do — being a mother is the best "job" you can ever have — all the smiles and all the crying, makes everything much more clear...
Travis Teichrow: Give me all their money! Just so they don’t spoil the kid!
Natasha Marshall: I don’t care too much about the royals to weigh in, but I am hoping they have a boy. All the boys in the family seem to have a wild moment or two and I think that’s good for a kid! Can’t be awesome growing up Royal. You have everything you ever wanted....except freedom.
There you have it. So in the end, we wait for a due date, and we wait for news of the new Buckingham palace baby or babies. However keep this in mind: first one out wins. There will be a womb war brewing if there is more than one baby in there. Kate thinks she’s sick now? Just wait until delivery time and there’s a battle between the twins to see who’s next in line to be King or Queen.
As for William, all the pictures I see of him now are with a HUGE grin on his face. And it’s no wonder. That’s because the pressure is off. There’s enough pressure for a guy to (cough) let alone having the world asking like a little child, "pregnant yet? Now? Now Pregnant now?" As they say in the UK: "Congrats on getting one past the goalkeeper Will"!
Joke This Week
A married couple went to the hospital together to have their baby delivered. Upon their arrival, the doctor said he had invented a new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother’s labour pain to the father. He asked if they were willing to try it out. They were both very much in favor of it. The doctor set the knob to 10 per cent for starters, explaining that even 10 per cent was probably more pain than the father had ever experienced before. But as the labor progressed, the husband felt fine, so he asked the doctor to go ahead and bump it up a notch. The doctor then adjusted the machine to 20 percent pain transfer. The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor checked the husband’s blood pressure and pulse and was amazed at how well he was doing. At this, they decided to try for 50 per cent. The husband continued to feel quite well. Since it was obviously helping out his wife considerably, he encouraged the doctor to transfer ALL the pain to him. The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain. She and her husband were ecstatic. When they got home, they got the news that the handsome man, who used to live in their neighborhood, died under mysterious circumstances.
Birthdays this Weekend
Luis Felipe Cantu
Sheryl Warkentin Bartram
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 8, 2012