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It’s all in the details

- July 12th, 2013
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Do you want to know all the details about the Duchess of Cambridge’s birth? (Photo: John Stillwell/Pool/AFP)

When it comes to the royal baby, what do you need or want to know?

Do you care when the duchess goes into labour?

Are you curious whether she’ll breastfeed?

Do you want to know what she’ll do with the placenta?

Are you hoping to learn every single little detail  you possibly can?

As the reported due date approaches (and passes), media outlets are left scrambling to write new, fresh copy to keep up with people who have royal baby fever.

That means, we’re going to start seeing a lot of stories about the little details.

Take for instance, E! Online, which reported about the meals the Duchess of Cambridge will receive while in the hospital.

“Lunch and dinner features an extensive and savoury feast: Each meal has three courses, and Kate can start with options like cream of tomato soup before moving on to an entrée of lamb chops or Mediterranean grilled chicken with a choice of side dishes,” the article says. “Desserts, meanwhile, include cheesecakes, fresh fruit platters or a selection of cheese.”

While it is interesting to see how the other half lives – my hospital food was the usual fare full of salt – it also raises the question: How much do we really need to know?

My husband smiled and said, “You should write about the royal baby’s first poop and how it’s super dirty.”

Now, for non-parents, do you really need to know those details? Even I’m stretching if I start writing long posts about baby poop (and I’m sure someone will report me to STFU, Parents for which I would not blame them).

A friend jokingly asked what I thought she’d do with the placenta, seeing as there is a trend of not only keeping it (some plant it, others do artwork with it), but some women ingest it (smoothies seem pretty common).

I shuddered. I really do not want to know.

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A gift from PETA U.K. (Photo: Handout)

People will also use this royal baby as a chance to get their message out – like the website findmypast.co.uk that linked Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby Blue Ivy to the royal offspring (watch the video), to artist Kaya Mar, whose has been seen outside the hospital in London with his painting of the Duchess of Cambridge as the Madonna, breastfeeding the royal baby.

“Peering out from under the duchess’ birth robe is the Queen’s corgi – a perpetual reminder of the powerful family business for whom she has become yet another obedient servant,” Mar’s website says.

PETA U.K. has also let it be known they sent a gift for the royal baby: “A cosy faux-sheepskin blanket, which combines kindness towards animals with great snuggleability!”

It’s going to be very hard to avoid royal baby news over the next week or two until Kate and Wills appear on the front steps of the hospital with their newest addition. Be prepared.

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Artist Kaya Mar carries his painting portraying the Duchess of Cambridge with her newly born child and a corgi past the Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London on July 5. (Photo: Andrew Cowie/AFP)

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