Well, Bettys, it’s finally happened: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are parents. Kongratulations! Or something!
Although the baby was originally due to arrive in July, Kim checked in at West Hollywoods’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this past Saturday, five weeks ahead of schedule. Kanye had been on the road right at the time, but apparently dropped everything and headed straight to Kim’s side for the delivery. According to E! Online, the baby girl weighed in at under five pounds; she also apparently has dark hair and “looks just like Kim.” No word on her name yet, but there’s a 99.9999 percent chance that it will begin with the letter K (because that’s just how the Kardashians roll). There’s also talk that the new parents have discussed using Kanye’s late mother’s name, Donda, for the baby’s middle name.
Kim’s sister Khloe took to Twitter on Sunday to both express the family’s joy and confirm that mother and baby are doing fine, in spite of the early delivery: “I can not even begin 2describe the miracle that is now apart of our family. Mommy/baby are healthy &resting. We appreciate all of the love.” But how is the rest of Hollywood taking the news? With a very large grain of salt, apparently. Scattered among reactions like Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons’ (“There is no greater gift in life than a child’s laughter! congrats to Kim And Kanye”) and Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel’s (“All kidding aside, congrats @kimkardashian on your baby girl. It’s the most beautiful, best thing that could happen to you. Girls rule.”) are, for example:
OMG you guys have you heard the incredible news? 370,000 babies were born today!!!
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 15, 2013
“This Is The End” opening the same week Kim/Kanye’s baby is born….Coincidence? I don’t think so.
— JD Harmeyer (@jdharm) June 15, 2013
Even a few fictional characters have weighed in:
Kim Kardashian had her baby. No word on which ‘K’ name she gave it but I’m hoping for ‘Kreacher.’
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) June 15, 2013
Kim Kardashian gave birth to a baby girl. In related news, I am no longer the worst parent in the universe.
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) June 15, 2013
For my part, although I’m still kind of skeptical, I’ve been surprised by new reality TV parents in the past—Snooki, for example, seems to have become a pretty grounded mom who has largely been lying low since the birth of little Lorenzo—so maybe Kim and Kanye will prove themselves to be capable parents as well. I still don’t think it’s the best scenario for a child to grow up with a camera broadcasting their every move to millions of strangers, but hey, at least Kim and Kanye have one heck of a support system built in due to her family’s entertainment empire.
The Hollywood Reporter has assembled a pretty good collection of other Kardashian Baby Tweets from the famous folk of the world; check ‘em out here.
Tell us: What do you think Kim and Kanye will end up naming the baby?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.