As a young girl growing up in England, I remember getting so excited about the Royal Wedding and the subsequent birth of Prince William and Prince Harry. So I have to admit that while I haven't followed the Royal Pregnancy too closely, I was pretty excited to hear about the much anticipated birth of the Royal Baby yesterday.
Yes, the Royal Family is privileged beyond what most of us will ever experience, but quite frankly that is not a job I envy at all, baby or no baby.
And as my very wise friend at Ask Moxie pointed out, maybe Kate knew what she was getting into with her marriage, but no parent ever knows what they are getting into when they first become a parent.
As a new mom, one of the things that helped me the most was hanging out with other new moms, sharing experiences, resources and support.
I'm assuming that's not much of an option for William and Kate... although hopefully they have a good social support network of friends too.
As I said, I don't really follow the Royals beyond the can't-miss headlines that make it over here, but William and Kate seem like a nice couple, and as I said, I don't envy the pressure and responsibilities they have. Parenting has brought me so much joy - even amongst the hard work and every day challenges it's been the most rewarding thing I have done and I hope the new Royal parents get some space to experience some the same thing.
And yes, as with any new baby, I can't wait to see the photos!
In the meantime, here's one of my own two Royal Princes...