Months after announcing that she and Mezvinsky hoped to make 2014 the “Year of the Baby,” Chelsea, 34, confirmed in April that the couple were expecting.
“I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in world filled with so many strong female leaders,” she said, making the announcement at a Clinton Foundation event promoting the empowerment of girls and young women.
It was the news the mom-to-be’s parents, Bill and Hillary Clinton, had long awaited and the former Secretary of State told PEOPLE in June that she was already preparing for the big arrival, stockpiling children’s books and planning to have a carseat in her own car.
“I want to babysit any chance I get!” Secretary Clinton said.
And she joked at a political gathering in September, “Bill and I are on constant grandchild watch.”
With her parents on standby, Chelsea, who stepped down as a special correspondent for NBC News, kept a busy pace at the Clinton Global Initiative just days before Charlotte’s arrival — so busy and so pregnant that President Obama joked in his CGI speech, “If Chelsea begins delivery while I’m speaking, she has my motorcade and will be able to navigate traffic.”
As for the new center of Chelsea’s and Mezvinsky’s world, Charlotte will be tucking into a nursery decorated in keeping with Mom’s passion for elephant conservation.
“We’re very baby-oriented right now, so we’ll definitely be buying a felt elephant or two. I think those will look great in our nursery,” she told Refinery29 of her new gift line benefiting groups that combat elephant poaching.