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It's a boy! Britain has a new prince. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have welcomed their third child into the world, and the rest of the world is obsessed with this (as yet nameless, at least officially) adorable little royal.


Born April 23 and weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces, the little Prince was not born at home, as some royal watchers had suggested, but in the Lindo wing at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington. Older siblings Prince George, now 4, and Princess Charlotte, age 2, also took their first breaths in the Lindo Wing.

News of the newest royal's arrival was met with cheers from royal devotees who had gathered outside St Mary's. Dad Prince William was reportedly by his wife's side for the birth (as he also was to welcome the couple's first two children), and mom Kate Middleton (or Catherine Duchess of Cambridge if you're fancy) and the newest royal are both said to be doing well.

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As is tradition, we are still waiting to hear what the little Prince will be called. When Prince George and Princess Charlotte were born their names were not made public for a couple of days. And back when Prince William was born in 1982 it took a full week!

We don't yet know the baby's name, but we can bet that whatever it is, it's gonna move on up the baby name charts in the coming years—at least in the Commonwealth. In the year after Prince George was born the name George became quite popular among British parents and was the seventh most popular boy name in the country. In Canada, too, the name surged, but it failed to trend in America.

(It's too bad the name George was already taken by the new prince's big brother, because in England April 23 is celebrated as St. George's Day, to recognize England's patron saint. A George born on St. George's Day would have been a good fit! )

Princess Charlotte's name was a different story stateside, with parents picking that one a lot after her birth in 2015 (the name Charlotte was already in the top 10 for American girl names the year before the Princess was born, her birth just nudged it even higher). Charlotte was the seventh most popular girl name in America the year after the Princess was born, and even more popular in the UK, according to The Telegraph.

We'll have to wait to know if the third royal baby will get a trendsetting name, but we do know that this tiny child is now fifth in line for the throne, behind Prince Charles, his dad William, brother George and big sis Charlotte. George's birth booted Prince Harry out of that lineup, but Prince Harry and his American fiance Meghan Markle may be planning a lineup of their own.

The couple is getting married on May 19, and have both publicly hinted at future family plans. Seems like royal baby number four may not be too far behind today's little arrival!

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.

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The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.



As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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