Aidan Middleton of Cambridge? Jayden Middleton of Cambridge? Siri Brooklyn Sophia Hashtag Middleton of Cambridge?
babies, pregnancy, kate middleton
OH GOD WE ONLY JUST STOPPED TALKING ABOUT THE WEDDING OVER HERE.
@Lili B. WHYYYY WOULD ANYONE STOP???
@Edith Zimmerman well a lot of brits thought it was vaguely ridiculous and why is this even a holiday, these people are useless, WHAT IS ON BEATRICE'S HEAD, not to mention the republican (=anti-monarchy) protestors who were sort of endearing but made not a dent in the parties. anyway. I guarantee you this is all we will talk about here for the next nine months.
Someone should send the pair of them that list of senator's names from last week, is what should really happen.
@Lili B. Word. I could not get enough of the US coverage of the wedding. However, in the hour since the BBC announced it on tv, they've been showing back-to-back stock footage of the couple (my favorite so far is the shot of them being hauled up a really tall tree in a rainforest, wearing day-glo and many harnesses) and a ticker of tweets from British gov't people. I'm a little worried what the next 8 months of coverage is going to look like.
To be fair, I'm mostly only getting irritated because I deeply covet her wardrobe, and if they keep showing her in that incredible McQ tartan coat she wore last week for St Andrews Day, I will actually cry.
@Lili B. They kept going ON AND ON about it on Radio 4 yesterday morning. My mum was shouting at the radio. I do not want to hear this for the next nine months. (Oh god, and then it will be BORN, and the media will go on about it even more. Gah.)
I'm a little bit ashamed of how excited I was over this news...
What on earth are chic pregnancy clothes? We're about to find out.
@A. Louise It is pretty exciting that the pregnancy report is actually true for a change.
@A. Louise No kidding! I was looking at a slideshow of Diana, PoW, yesterday. . .and her maternity dresses were a shock. I'd forgotten that anybody ever used to dress in all-encompassing tents with pert bows at the neck.
@Mingus_Thurber that sounds quite comfy
Beyonce knows. Beyonce knows.
@A. Louise Right? I'm happy to hear this (minus the barfing, of course.)
I can't believe how invested this will make me sound about these rando strangers, but: There was that time about four months after they got married, when the rumors were EVERYWHERE that she was pregnant and she was declining peanut butter and champagne and I was like "Aww, nice for them!" And then... Nothing. And her got her a puppy. And I was sad, because based on my child-wanting friends, I know what that narrative arc probably meant. :(
@angermonkey Hold up, you can't eat peanut butter while pregnant? I'm officially never birthing children.
My midwife said it was all good, which meant I ate, like, two peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches an hour for nine months. And now my baby will eat anything with peanut butter. I kind of want to get her a Kong.
@professionalmess It had better be OK, because it is currently one of the only sources of protein I'm not vomiting back up. (The other is, oddly, tunafish sandwiches, but those you actually DO have to limit).
@professionalmess I'm 5.5 months pregnant right this second and I eat peanut butter every day, sometimes more than once. I'm sure I did the same thing with the first one, too. The issue with peanuts and peanut butter is that once they are born, you're not supposed to expose them to peanuts/pb for the first year.
@Ophelia I've never heard a bad word against peanut butter from a medical professional, and I'm 12 weeks along with an extremely hyper OB-GYN. She told me to avoid oral sex because in the history of human pregnancy there have been three oral-sex related deaths in pregnant women. Hahahaha no, OB-GYN, I will be ignoring your advice on that one.
I googled "vibrator use pregnant bad?" at one point. For the record, vibrator use pregnant good.
@Nicole Cliffe My Google cache from pregnancy is HILARIOUS, matched only by the first few weeks of my son's life. So many variations of "when do babies smile"
@A. Louise Yeah, the jury is still out, but some OB/GYN's recommend eschewing peanut butter when pregnant, so who knows. I only bring it up because that was YET ANOTHER THING they pointed to as evidence that she was OMG EXPECTING. However, up til now the press has been super quiet, which I think basically just proves they don't know diddly about anything.
@TheBelleWitch HOW CAN YOU DIE FROM ORAL SEX?!?!! I mean, I don't plan on getting pregnant, but how does that even work?!
@mlle.gateau Oh, the idea is that if your partner blows into your vagina (???? people do this? i don't know?), an air bubble can travel through the vessels of the placenta and cause an embolism.
It's happened, but it's extremely rare. I looked up a couple review papers on it and one (Postgraduate Medical Journal 1998) found 18 cases out of 20 million pregnancies. Another found only 22 cases ever reported in the medical literature. I'm feeling pretty okay with these odds.
@A. Louise Agree. Why am I so excited? I am mildly embarrassed about this. (BUT ONLY MILDLY.)
@TheBelleWitch Yeah, that's pretty easily avoided. "Partner, please do not blow forcefully into my vagina." Done!
@TheBelleWitch Oh man I've been hearing versions of that story for YEARS, but this is the first version where it specifically intersects with pregnancy - so if it's true when you're pregnant, it's true when you're not, too! Everybody freak out!
@TheBelleWitch That seems so low that we're getting into "more people die from vending machines per year than oral sex while pregnant" territory. Also - IS SHE CRAZY?? Oral sex would be the only thing getting me through that. I'd be like "yo, I am carrying your freaking baby, so you're going to need to eat me out more than ever."
@Ophelia I lived on peanut butter toast for weeks! My midwife said it's fine.
Princess Angelina Contesa Louisa Francesca Banana-Fanna Bo Besca the Third. Obviously
@LacunaKale Her decorating highness! I found that recorded off of tv on a vhs is my parents' basement last year. Why don't they release an Animaniacs box set?
@Aunt Ada Doom They have! http://www.amazon.com/Animaniacs-Vol-1-3-Rob-Paulsen/dp/B000O179IQ
Life is good
Suppose they name her after Diana but spell it as Dyannah or something. WHAT THEN.
@synchronized I feel like the Queen probably has veto power.
That said, throwing a Diana or a Diane somewhere into a girl's name would be super sweet.
@synchronized I'm liking something like D'yanawah
@Edith Zimmerman Double deniability! "We wanted to name her Anais but my finger slipped filling out the birth certificate!"
But I am SUPER EXCITED FOR THEM.
OH MAN, my sympathies, Kate! I had to get hooked up to an IV in the ER the day after I figured out I was pregnant, because it was impossible to even keep a glass of water down! ASK THEM TO GIVE YOU A ZOFRAN PRESCRIPTION; IT'S THE MAGIC DRUG.
(Why am I writing as though Kate is reading the Hairpin in the hospital right now?)
@werewolfbarmitzvah I hope she is somehow. That would be so secretly boss and awesome.
@werewolfbarmitzvah Seriously. Poor thing. I have *not* had to go get an IV, but I am not a fan of this puking thing. Also, it seems cruel/scary to me that they had to announce this, since if she's so sick, she's also (probably) not very far along at all, and probably would really like a little quiet and privacy.
@Ophelia Seriously, with the media getting wind of this so early in a first trimester, she's going to have to lock herself away somewhere to keep them from scaring that embryo right out of her.
@Ophelia Did you hear about when Prince Philip got sick during the Queen's Jubilee this summer and the press decided to play the story as "90-YEAR-OLD ROYAL HAS BLADDER INFECTION". 0% privacy, ever, in Britain.
@Lili B. It's pretty hard to make me feel bad for Prince Philip, but yikes.
@Ophelia They were taking photos as orderlies wheeled him out of the hospital and into the waiting car. Yeah, PP is probably not what any of us would consider "a nice man" and certainly not "a non-racist man" but the press were all up in his bizness for like three days, even though nobody wanted to even really hear about an elderly man's genitourinary problems, ESPECIALLY one we have to see on telly all the time you know?
@werewolfbarmitzvah God, I HOPE Kate is reading The Hairpin RIGHT NOW! (And always!)
@Ophelia Snorted at "pretty hard to make me feel bad for Prince Philip."
"What WOULD Prince Philip say?"
"Something racist, probably."
ZADOK THE PRIEST AND NATHAN THE PROPHET ANOINTED THE BABY KIIIIIIIING OR QUEEN
And all the Nicoles rejoiced and sang.
Oh god. I have never met a "top baby name" list that I didn't pore over with way more interest and enthusiasm than I should conceivably have as a twenty-something non-parent.
There goes my morning...
ETA: Pun most definitely not intended, but I'm keeping it in there.
@olivebee OMG. I'm obsessed with going to the full "top 1000" list at the SSA's website, starting at the very bottom, and slooooowly working my way up. And then comparing against the top 1000 lists for 1880 and 1920 and all kinds of other years.
Oof I hope her HG is able to be controlled. I know women who have terminated very much wanted pregnancies because their bodies just could not handle being that sick. Kate does not really have that option.
@thatgirl This is so sad. :(
@dj pomegranate Yeah. At least one has gone on to have another kid after basically being prepared from before conception to aggressively fight it with meds, IVs, and a ton of support from her family and friends. But yeah, HG does not fuck around, and it's really gross to see people bitching about how the prissy prissy princess should just eat some saltines and get over it.
No Brayden or Madison Middleton of Cambridge? What about Bella or Katniss Middleton?
@RK Fire Nevaeh Middleton (It's "heaven" backwards! Well, the first part anyway).
@Heat Signature Heaven Notelddim.
@RK Fire Queen Katniss!
@Ophelia: Queen Arya Windsor, First of Her Name!
@RK Fire Elizabeth, Second of Her Name - House Windsor - Sigil: Three Golden Lions - Words: God And My Right
@royaljunk: Thank you for sharing that and major thanks to the interwebs for creating that.
Suri Cruise must be ripshit.
@stonefruit: What if they have a son, and in the future, the son (let's call him Jayden) ends up marrying Blue Ivy? IT WOULD BE AMAZING, THAT'S WHAT
/celebbaby matching service
@stonefruit Oh, she is: http://surisburnbook.tumblr.com/post/37117477697/i-dont-want-to-talk-about-it-i-just-want-to-cry
@Ophelia Hah! I can't get to tumblr at work, unfortunately, but it did seem like the safe bet.
As someone who enjoys hearing about the private lives of celebrities, I just cannot say the same for "the royals". I mean, good for her, I guess, but inherited wealth and privilege and oh my GOD seriously shut up. You know what I mean.
I saw that baby name list on a different blog (not linked/credited, boo to that), thought it was the official Social Security list and was like DID PEOPLE STOP NAMING THEIR KIDS JUAN AND CARLOS??
Now that I know it's just a list of names popular on that particular website (of course, the Social Security list won't be out until 2013), it makes a lot more sense.
@cuminafterall Same. Agree on all counts.
Waity Katie Jr.
I AM FREAKING THE FUCK OUT HERE, I AM SO EXCITED!!!
@Alli525 ME TOO
@Alli525 ME TOO!!
UGH, MY MISPLACED SENSE OF LOYALTY TO THE BRITISH CROWN.
EXTRA BANK HOLIDAY NEXT YEAR! Plus crazy morning sickness = girl. Yay for another Queen! Yay for Tiaras!
@Plexia FWIW, I've had crazy morning sickness with both of mine, and they are both boys.
William, William, Henry, Stephen, Henry, Richard, John, OI!
Oh god picking a babys name is difficult enough (what if you go off it? What if it abbreviates to a future swear word? What if? What if???) but picking a future kings name sounds awful. Though they all seem to have wacky nick names which is nice.
@teaandcakeordeath What if it abbreviates to a future swear word?
This never even occurred to me until now and it adds a whole new wrinkle.
@teaandcakeordeath Well, considering that the future child's father is named William, I can't imagine a name that would abbreviate to a more embarrassing nickname for a British child. I remember as a 5-year-old torturing a William in our class (Willie is the nearest thing to a swear we knew), and wondering what his royal parents were thinking giving him that name.
@Aunt Ada Doom
See also: Richard (Dick, Dickie).
The baby would get her last name? That is cool.
I am comforted by the fact that it's probably going to be something(s) nice and old fashioned and traditional.
Princess Mary Anne Diana Margaret Victoria Katherine Joan Anne Mary Middleton Windsor
@PistolPackinMama Princess Amelia Mignonette Thermopolis Renaldi Middleton Windsor
@royaljunk Ælfgifu Matilda Berengaria Philipa de Valois has a nice ring to it.
@stuffisthings Reynilda Petronilla Ioetta Scholastica Eunisia Windsor
@PistolPackinMama Princess Euphegenia Doubtfire Middleton Wales.
Diana Elizabeth Victoria Middleton Windsor or something.
I have just read the top 25 Baby Names, and with the exceptions of Jack and Abigail, it doesn't appear that many of these names are those of strong, sturdy folk able to chop wood or break horses.
He has a perfectly good job in the Army and they still claim benefits and live in subsidized housing? That's the very definition of "sponger." Now they want the taxpayers to finance their kid too... it's political correctness gone mad, I tell ya!
While I did endure a fair amount of pregnancy-related barfing, I was lucky enough not to have to deal with HG. So I have to ask-- could they not just have had some sort of house-call for this (hook her up to an IV to keep her hydrated, etc.), or did this really force their hand, pregnancy-reveal-wise?
@killer_queen I imagine the hospitalization was to rule out something else -- stomach flu, food poisoning, uh... ebola? Anyway, other intractable-pukiness-causing things? I cannot imagine them wanting to make it public this early in the pregnancy otherwise.
@par_parenthese Yeah, apparently they wanted to wait until Christmas and tell the whole family all gathered together - it was not meant to get out while she was 8 weeks along.
I really, really, really hope this baby gets to go full-term, because it would be horrible if she lost the baby in that first trimester (or at all, really) and then had to go through all of that in the public eye.
Fingers crossed for you, Katherine!
Rhaego, the Stallion Who Mounts the World.
Mary Maud Olivia Johanna. OFFEND ALL THE RELATIVES.
@par_parenthese Wallis Diana Sarah Amber should do it.
Do they not have HIPAA in the UK?
@Squareface A HIPAA equivlant rather
@Squareface I don't know. What is HIPAA?
@spanglepants Health Information Portability and Accountability Act - the part Squareface means is the Privacy Rule regulating access to and dissemination of Protected Health Information, meaning identifying information about the patient, from health to payment for healthcare. I assume the UK has an equivalent.
@sandwiches ...but I don't think it applies in this case because the family has released a statement about the pregnancy; it's not as though the nurse attending her held a press conference on the hospital steps. Most of the article (I only skimmed it) seems to be just press speculation, which...doesn't fall under HIPAA either.
Uh. Sorry for the novel about healthcare privacy laws, it's my (future) job!
@sandwiches Only just saw your reply and then I thought about the dead nurse and was sad. Thanks for the explanation. There are patient privacy laws, of course, but I'm not sure they're as good as yours sound. Hospitals are very leaky of this kind of information.
"Last year Britain and other Commonwealth countries which have the queen as their monarch agreed to change the rules of royal succession so that males would no longer have precedence as heir, regardless of age."
Whaaaaat. When did this happen and why didn't I hear about it?
@aubrey! Last year! And it's not quite official yet; there are still some bureaucratic hoops to jump through, I believe. But still! Pretty cool - Prince William marries a commoner, and their child will be the first to have the right to inherit the throne regardless of gender. Progress!
@MoxyCrimeFighter Very, very, very, very, very slow progress, but yeah.
I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am 15 weeks now and was hoping that she would be due around the same time. Heh.
It will be Wales, not Windsor.
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