Thousands of babies were born today in the shadow of Britain's newest prince, but at least one New Hampshire mom was delighted with the royal connection.
Lindsay Spinetto, 31, an award-winning morning show anchor who is taking time off to stay at home with her young children, gave birth to a baby boy named Sawyer Joseph this morning in Manchester, N.H.
Sawyer, who weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long, was born at 4:43 a.m. EST.
Roughly seven hours later, the Duchess of Cambridge also gave birth to a baby boy whose name has yet to be announced. The royal baby was born at 4:24 p.m. BST (London time), weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces, according to a Kensington Palace spokesman.
"Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight," the palace said in a statement.
Spinetto said she was excited to have her son and the little Prince of Cambridge share the same birthday.
"Its really really cool that we'll get to tell Sawyer that he was born on the same day [as the royal baby]," Spinetto said. "It's kind of like we share a family history without obviously being related to [the royal family]."
Although her newborn son is her second child, it was the first time Spinetto had a natural birth. Her 19-month-old son, Micah, was born through cesarean section.
"It felt like it was all new to me again," Spinetto said. "You kind of forget about the pain and then you're reminded about the pain and so its special in its own way, different than any other previous experience. It was very surreal for me."
Unlike with her first child, where Spinetto said she had to be induced and labor went on for the whole day, little Sawyer came "very, very fast." Spinetto started having contractions around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night and Sawyer was born a few hours later.
Reflecting on the past few hours, Spinetto said she thought it was "special" that she and the Duchess of Cambridge were going through labor at the same time.
"It was kind of special," Spinetto said. "Just thinking about, no matter if you're a duchess or just a regular mom in New Hampshire, everyone goes through the same birthing experience."
The palace announced that Kate was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in London shortly before 6 a.m. today, and remained there for over 14 hours, something Spinetto empathized with.
"Poor Kate, I know she is going the distance, but for me it was just a whirlwind," Spinetto said.
Spinetto said she and her husband will create a memory box for Sawyer, to keep track of little momentos from his first years, and plan to include some royal baby memoribilia collectibles. In sharing the same birthday, Spinetto said her son will always have some connection to the royal baby.
"We will raise him uniquely as ourselves and let him grow up his own, but it's definitely something we'll bring up to him and remind him of," she said. "He's our little prince."