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The first photos of the royal baby are here! 😍

We love how happy his parents look!

The first photos of the royal baby are here! 😍

He's here and he's beautiful. [Update: And his name is Archie!]

Baby Sussex arrived Monday morning and on Wednesday his parents posed for the first public photos as a family of three. Meghan and Harry were both beaming like proud new parents as their son slept in dad's arms.

"He's just been a dream, so it's been a special couple of days," the Duchess formerly known as Meghan Markle told reporters.

"It's great, parenting is amazing," Prince Harry said. "It's only been 2½ days, three days, but we're just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy, to be able to spend some precious time with him as he slowly starts to grow up."

BBC News on Instagram: “World, meet Prince Harry and Meghan's new baby Archie. Swipe right for a closer look at the new arrival. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex…”

The couple shocked many when they announced that they would not be doing a photo call on the steps of the Lindo Wing like Harry's late mother and sister-in-law did after their births, but would take some private time with their baby first before doing public photos (however, the wait for this photos was not long at all).

Many were expecting a more private photoshoot that would allow Meghan to rest, and photos that were more representative of how most moms feel at 2 days postpartum, but it seems royal tradition won out.

The couple shocked many when they announced that they would not be doing a photo call on the steps of the Lindo Wing like Harry's late mother and sister-in-law did after their births, but would take some private time with their baby first before doing public photos (however, the wait for this photos was not long at all).

Many were expecting a more private photoshoot that would allow Meghan to rest, and photos that were more representative of how most moms feel at 2 days postpartum, but it seems royal tradition won out.

Prince Harry's brother, on the other hand, is looking forward to having a fellow young dad in the family.

Prince William and Duchess Kate spoke to media yesterday. William pointed out that he's actually already an uncle since his sister-in-law Pippa Middleton is also a new mom, but that he's thrilled to now have two nephews.

"I'm very pleased, and glad to welcome my brother to the sleep-deprivation society that is parenting."

🤣

We're sure Harry will have help at night if he needs it.

Congrats to the royal family on this beautiful new addition!

[Update, May 8: A previous version of this post contained commentary on the photos which can now be found here.]

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Virtual support was the next best thing to in-person hugs

They say you shouldn't make too many major life transitions at once. But when I was becoming a mama for the first time nearly five years ago, my husband and I also moved to a new town where we didn't know a soul, bought our first house and changed jobs.

To put it mildly, we didn't heed that advice. Luckily, our family and friends still made it feel like such a magical time for us by supporting our every move (literal and otherwise) from afar. They showered us with love through a virtual baby shower (expectant parents nowadays can relate!) featuring the unwrapping of gifts they were able to ship straight to me from my Target registry.

Here's one piece of advice I did take: I registered at Target so I could take advantage of the retailer's benefits for registrants, which include a welcome kit valued over $100, a universal registry function and more. Fast-forward a few years and Target has made the registration perks even better for expectant parents: As of August 2020, they've added a Year of Exclusive Deals, which gives users who also sign up for Target Circle a full year of savings after baby is born on all those new mama essentials, from formula to diapers and beyond.

Honestly, even without the significant perks of a free welcome kit with more than $100 in coupons, additional 15% off coupons to complete the registry and a full year of free returns, registering at Target wasn't a hard sell for me: Even though the experience of shopping for baby items was new, shopping with Target felt like returning home to me… and the comfort of that was such a gift.

And of course, Target's registry plays a vital role right now, as expectant parents everywhere are being forced to cancel in-person baby showers and navigate early parenthood without the help of a hands-on village. A registry like this represents a safe way for communities to come through for new parents. If you're anything like me (or any of the other mamas here at Motherly), you certainly have emotional ties and fond memories associated with Target.

What to register for at Target was also an easy talking point as I began to connect with moms in my new community. I will always remember going on a registry-building spree with my next door neighbor, who had young children of her own. As we walked the aisles of Target back in 2015, she suggested items to add… and we laid the foundation for what has since become one of my most cherished friendships.

Even as I made connections in my new hometown, I was nervous that expecting my first baby wouldn't feel as special as if I were near family and friends. But my loved ones exceeded all expectations by adding the most thoughtful notes to gifts. They hosted a beautiful virtual baby shower and even encouraged me to keep the registry going after my baby made his debut and new needs arose.

In the years since, "community" has taken on a wonderfully complex new meaning for me… and, in these times of social distancing, for the rest of the world. I've come to cherish my newfound friends in our local community alongside those long-time friends who are scattered around the county and my virtual mama friends.

Now, as my friends' families grow, I'm so grateful that I can show them the same love and support I felt during my first pregnancy. I sing the praises of Target's baby registry—especially in light of the pandemic, since I know mamas can do everything from a distance thanks to Target's website and the added benefit of getting trusted reviews and helpful registry checklists.

And now that I'm on the gift-buying side of the equation, I've found new joy in picking thoughtful gifts for my friends. (Because goodness knows Target has something for everyone!)

For my friend who is a fellow runner, I teamed up with a few others to give the jogging stroller she had on her registry.

For my friend who is a bookworm, I helped her start her baby's library with a few books that are also well-loved in our home.

For other friends, I've bundled together complete "sets" with everything they need for bathing or feeding their children.

I know from my own experience that, yes, the registry purchases are so appreciated, but the thoughtfulness and the support they represent means even more. Because although my village may have been distant, the support they showed me was the next best thing to in-person hugs.

Start your own Target Baby Registry here to experience a Year of Benefits including a Year of Exclusive Deals through Target Circle to enjoy for a full year following your baby's arrival, a year of free returns, two 15% off completion coupons and a free welcome kit ($100 value).

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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