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Old 07-23-2013, 04:18 PM
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I'll take your word for it. But even if they were patients, it was still inconsiderate. There were probably other patients who needed to rest.
I think that it was mostly staff.
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Just catching up on the television coverage. Not sure if this has been posted anywhere, but it is curious that the word "son" was typed on the official notice outside Buckingham Palace with only the time filled in by hand. Perhaps they did know the gender all along? Not that I blame them in any way. We knew the gender if both our children and pretended we did not.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:23 PM
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Just catching up on the television coverage. Not sure if this has been posted anywhere, but it is curious that the word "son" was typed on the official notice outside Buckingham Palace with only the time filled in by hand. Perhaps they did know the gender all along? Not that I blame them in any way. We knew the gender if both our children and pretended we did not.
It's easy to print out two official notices, one with boy and one with girl, and fill in the time by hand - there's a lot more variation of time.

As they were all asked the gender a lot and didn't slip, I'm inclined to believe they didn't know. It seems easier to not let slip if you don't know.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:24 PM
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I'm sure security and the police are relieved too.
I'm sure the hospital staff are extremely relieved! I saw at the end of one of the videos two women in what I thought was hospital uniform hugging each other, I'm sure from relief and from a job well done.

Now all those who were on call for the royal birth can go off their teetotaler order and toss down several glasses, if they haven't done so already!
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:27 PM
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As they were all asked the gender a lot and didn't slip, I'm inclined to believe they didn't know. It seems easier to not let slip if you don't know.
I think they've both had far too much media training to let slip something that important. I think it's possible they knew all along, or that they found out in the last two or three months.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:38 PM
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Ish, good thought! That hadn't even crossed my mind. I do suppose the options for gender are somewhat limited :-)
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I love the baby's fingerplay; it looks like he's blowing an imaginary trumpet.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:06 PM
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He is such a little bundle! My nephew was born at that same weight, with the same big hands, too. Baby Cambridge is a good size for snuggling!
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:14 PM
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I'll take your word for it. But even if they were patients, it was still inconsiderate. There were probably other patients who needed to rest.
In my experience, gone are the days where hospitals are treated as places of rest and convalescence... nowadays they are three ring circuses at all hours of the day and night.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:26 PM
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Great pictures! William and Catherine look so happy. The baby is so adorable. From what I can see, he looks like William to me!
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JW why did Victoria leave like 4hrs after Estelle was born but Kate couldn't leave until 24hrs after?
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:30 PM
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JW why did Victoria leave like 4hrs after Estelle was born but Kate couldn't leave until 24hrs after?
The likely reason is regulatory. Some jurisdictions and/or hospitals require at least a 24 or 48 hour stay post vaginal childbirth, 72 hours after a cesarean. Some don't have any such requirements, so if a mother is well and suffered no complication (and CPss Victoria had physicians on hand, should they have been necessary), she is allowed to be discharged as soon as she and her doctors feel it appropriate.
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I teared up seeing Catherine looking at her son and tearing up herself from the cheers and most likely exhaustion. They both seemed supremely happy, and nervous, you're right Gracie Giraffe, the first child has to put up with alot.

Our first was that same weight with the same big, chubby fingers. This big baby looks gorgeous (naturally). I do remember wearing my regular clothes after a week or so, the nursing brings down the tummy. BUT, I certainly could not walk around like that 24 hours after the first baby! Most of us carried our cushions and ice packs for several days!

BTW Diana was in labor for 16 hours with William and left the hospital just under 2 days according to the BBC reportingat the time, video on You Tube
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:35 PM
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Wonderful pictures. I have never seen either of them happier. Beautiful baby. They will be awesome parents. Love Kate's outfit.
I don't think I've ever seen the two of them look happier either, not even on their wedding day (note, that I'm not trying to say that they looked unhappy, but that it wasn't as intense as today). Now, they've got a radiance that only comes with being a parent. They will indeed be amazing parents, because they strike me as people who know how to give of themselves without any reservations or fears, and that's a huge part of being a parent.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:41 PM
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I teared up seeing Catherine looking at her son and tearing up herself from the cheers and most likely exhaustion. They both seemed supremely happy, and nervous, you're right Gracie Giraffe, the first child has to put up with alot.

Our first was that same weight with the same big, chubby fingers. This big baby looks gorgeous (naturally). I do remember wearing my regular clothes after a week or so, the nursing brings down the tummy. BUT, I certainly could not walk around like that 24 hours after the first baby! Most of us carried our cushions and ice packs for several days!
My mom just said something similar to me. I was just a little bit bigger than Baby Cambridge when born and my Mom says "I'm amazed she's able to walk around so easily! I stayed in the hospital for 6 days after you were born!" She said it was difficult enough just to get around the hospital room.
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:46 PM
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So the dress Catherine wore today is bespoke Jenny Packham, designed with the Duchess's input for this event. I wonder if she ordered one in pink as well, or... :P
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So the dress Catherine wore today is bespoke Jenny Packham, designed with the Duchess's input for this event. I wonder if she ordered one in pink as well, or... :P
Well, there was more than one dress in the bag...
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So the dress Catherine wore today is bespoke Jenny Packham, designed with the Duchess's input for this event. I wonder if she ordered one in pink as well, or... :P
I, too, had wondered if may be she brought a pink and a blue outfit with her depending on the outcome.
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Given as she and William were both in blue, I wonder what William would have worn had it been a girl...
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:52 PM
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My mom just said something similar to me. I was just a little bit bigger than Baby Cambridge when born and my Mom says "I'm amazed she's able to walk around so easily! I stayed in the hospital for 6 days after you were born!" She said it was difficult enough just to get around the hospital room.
I think that's why he reached out and took the baby from her. They're probably just trying to get her in the car and get her home where she can rest comfortably and privately with her new baby.
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