How wonderful that Prince William and Kate welcomed their first son on Monday. The Royals now have a third-in-line contender for the throne. Media sources reported that he is healthy at 8 pounds and has been named George Alexander Louis. This is obviously a time of major adjustment for the new parents.
But there’s another William also anxiously waiting the birth of his first son, which will happen in about 8 to 8 ½ more weeks. This child will also be born into Royalty, but of a different type. This is a heavenly kingdom, not an earthly one. He is already a child of God, a beautiful gift, and an answer to years of prayer. He will be taught to love and honor the Lord. As news of Kate going into labor hit the airwaves Monday morning, a Christian radio station, a D.J. blurted out, “What if all births got this much attention? Wouldn’t that be awesome?” Our child won’t make headlines, but I’m also grateful that I won’t have to deal with paparazzi or any other media when it’s my turn.
Sadly, the press isn’t the slightest bit interested in William and Kate’s values or how they will parent. Instead Kate’s postpartum baby bump is scrutinized and analyzed. All the paparazzi see are dollar signs with each new photo of the child. William didn’t get the best role model for a father, but this child will undoubtedly stir memories of his beloved mother. Will Kate rely on a team of nannies for all the midnight and 2 a.m. feedings and diaper changes or rise to the challenge herself? How did Diana do it? There’s no way to know and it really doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, Kate will constantly be compared to the late Diana as she raises her son.
William and Kate’s wedding anniversary is only two weeks before ours. They welcome their first-born son two months before ours. Even though we are ten years their senior, our lives continue to parallel each other’s more than Princess Diana mothering two little boys a generation ago. I barely paid attention to her due to lack of interest.
My best wishes and prayers go out to Kate and William as new parents, and I could use a lot of them myself as I prepare for the same role.