A Toast to Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and River Rose Blackstock

Clarkson Shares Joys of Motherhood Via Social Media

It’s still early in the day, so I will reserve my toasting to Reba McEntire’s new granddaughter River Rose Blackstock for later tonight. But River’s mama Kelly Clarkson is one step ahead of me, however, as the singer apparently enjoyed her “first glass of wine in 10 months” this week, according to an adorable tweet she sent out to fans and followers.

Clarkson has flown under the radar since announcing her pregnancy last year. In fact, I really only recall seeing one or maybe two candid shots of the singer in the press the entire time she was expecting. She seemed to be keeping a low profile and enjoying her precious moment. To that, I say, “Good for her!”

Heck, when you’re an international celebrity, at least one thing in your personal life should be sacred. And it was only fair for fans and the media alike to respect her decision. Under normal circumstances, after all, Clarkson usually doesn’t hold back and keep things from her audience.

But now that she and husband Brandon Blackstock have welcomed their first child together, she’s wasting no time and no tweets in sharing everything from little River’s first official photo to all the glorious details of what motherhood is tossing her way.

Among my favorite messages came two days after their baby girl arrived June 12 when she tweeted, “Brandon and I are on cloud 9!”

She followed it up with the first public photo of River and wrote, “The greatest thing on the planet.”

A more recent reflection: “Is it weird that I wait every day to hear my little baby laugh? … I just really want to hear her giggle, and all I get are quirky smiles.”

And obviously this week’s hilarious and heartwarming message that read, “I still can’t believe I made a human,” complete with the hashtags “Top That,” “First glass of wine in 10 months” and one for the mamas out there, “pump and dump.”

Yes, Clarkson’s role as mommy might just be shaping up to be her favorite role yet, which definitely deserves some celebration. So with my wine tonight, I will definitely be toasting Clarkson, Blackstock, Reba and little Miss River.

I may be a day late to happy hour, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.