Yesterday I wasted a good part of the day pressing refresh on the BBC website to see if Catherine Duchess of Cambridge had given birth to her third child.
Poor woman (her not me!) with the eyes of the world waiting outside while she is in labour. I wondered – as I did during her previous labours – whether she watched any of the news coverage and laughed.
A new baby is a time for celebration but also for worry. The stakes are much higher when you already have children and are aware of the magnitude of the love that you have for your children and the fear of if things go wrong. Birth is tough and scary but also wonderful.
The Duchess has the added pressure of the world watching her every move and judging her. I rolled my eyes when my mum told me that her stylist had arrived at the hospital about 4 hours before the couple emerged with their baby son.
I am a staunch monarchist. I love the institution and love my country.
However I was shocked at the hatred and spite that were rife on social media yesterday. I wrote a tweet about being excited about the royal baby and someone asked me if I was mentally unstable!
So excited about the #royalbaby. I keep refreshing the BBC website every 2 minutes to see if there is an announcement yet! pic.twitter.com/oTrSqUnvyJ
— loopyloulaura (@musingstiredmum) April 23, 2018