Yesterday the world cheered as Prince William and Kate Middleton finally welcomed the new royal baby into the world. The 8-pound, 6-ounce prince was born after what seems to have been a long labor, and both mom and baby are reportedly doing well.
While we still don't have a baby name yet, the new parents did issue their first joint statement since the prince's birth. And it's one of the sweetest that you can imagine.
According to Us Weekly, it read:
We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received.
We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone -- staff, patients, and visitors -- for their understanding during this time.
They didn't gush about their love for their beautiful new child (which would have been totally understandable), but instead they took time to thank the people that brought him into this world. What an incredibly gracious thing to do in their first statement.
I'm sure the doctors, nurses, and other workers were under a tremendous amount of stress with it being the royal baby and all. So to have them acknowledge this first is just perfect.
I wonder how many other parents of non-royal children take the time to do the same. Not in a press statement, of course, but with a card, small gift, or just a word of thanks for the people who helped deliver their babies and care for them in the hours after.
When my son was born prematurely, we stayed in the hospital for three months, and I saw first-hand how hard the nurses and doctors work and what a huge difference they could make in our days. We got to know some of them well, and when we checked out, we delivered small gifts to them. With my daughter's typical birth, however, it never dawned on me to do so, and I wish that I had.
Leave it to the royal couple to set a good example for all of us.
Did you thank the hospital staff that delivered your children? If so, how?
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