Warning: incoming rant …
Before you get in a huff, I’m not referring to sweet Prince George as being a royal pain for the Duchess of Cambridge. No, no, that’s not it at all. The royal pain the Duchess is now going to experience is the fact that she’s a new mom and the whole world is watching… so don’t screw it up princess!
I’ve ranted before about the fact that moms often judge each other when in my opinion, we should stand united and support each other. I’m happy to say that I have lots of moms and friends who are supportive of how Matt and I are raising Missy Moo.
Before Prince George was even born there was speculation as to whether or not Kate would use hypnobirthing in her birth plan. I’m happy to say that I was able to use elements from what we learned in a local hypnobirthing class at Shakti Yoga (it was awesome, but more about that in a future post). Whether or not Kate did use hypnobirthing (and it sounds like she did), just talking about it has helped increase awareness, so that’s good. But I can’t stress enough that it’s a personal choice and sometimes your “plan” for birth can’t always go the way you envision. Either way, she had a baby – good for her! High five sister!
Seriously people, the woman had a baby one day and the next day when she, Prince William and Prince George made their first public debut, media were commenting on the fact that she still had a post-baby bump. Um, I don’t know about anyone else, but I thought she looked A-MAZING! Yes, she did have a team to do her hair and makeup, but she also had a baby the day before and I don’t think I looked that good the day after giving birth; I was feeling really good, but wasn’t princess material in the slightest. And I had a post-baby bump for days; it’s a very normal thing! Heaven forbid that Kate be normal like the rest of us (note my sarcasm).
The latest debacle is the fact that Prince George wasn’t strapped into his car seat correctly. Yes, it is important for him to be in his seat in the correct manner that will protect him in case of an unfortunate accident, but did we really need this to be THE news story for days?
Just imagine how nerve racking it may have been for them as they left the hospital. They did have a rather large audience for which they had to preform.
Has anyone thought about that? I saw this tweet by Tim Lusher at The Guardian and it blew my mind away. I don’t know about you, but I would have felt a tad self conscious if so many strangers with cameras were practically in my face barely 24 hours after giving birth to a sweet baby!
Before Missy Moo was born, Matt when to Brighter Futures, a local organization in St. John’s that in addition to other family services, will help teach new parents how to safely secure their new baby into a car seat. It was a great for us to get that professional assistance and I’m really glad we did. It wasn’t required and in fact, when a lot of friends and family have left the hospital with their new baby, nurses often just make sure you have an actual car seat and they won’t necessarily make sure you’re doing it correctly. When we were leaving the hospital, we asked the nurse who was discharging us to help ensure we had little miss in correctly and it was such a relief to have that extra set of eyes and hands to show us what to do… did anyone see someone come over and help William and Kate? I don’t think so.
I feel bad for William, Kate and baby George. They’re a brand new little family and they’re very much under a giant microscope. Jenna Karvunidis wrote a great article titled Hello, Duchess! Welcome to moms judging your choices!
It’s hard enough being a new parent and feeling like everyone is watching; and for them, they can justifiably feel this way! Everyone makes mistakes and little glitches and that’s OK!
Maybe you eat something that makes the baby gassy after breastfeeding – that’s OK!
Or maybe you didn’t put on the diaper tight enough and now there’s a pee-tastic mess coming out of baby’s right leg – that’s OK!
Maybe you just can’t handle letting your little one cry it out this one time – that’s OK!
I really hope that the newest royal family can find some form of normal as they adjust to this big change. And seriously media, cut them a break and leave them alone!