With all the choices Kate Middleton has for life after the baby comes, she might have chosen the worst one possible. The Duchess of Cambridge's big-mouth uncle, Gary Goldsmith, has confessed she and the little princess or prince will be moving back in with her parents! For six whole weeks!
Oh Kate, Kate, Kate! Are you sure you want to do this? There's still time to back out, you know!
I'm not gunning for Kate's mum and dad here. I'm sure they're lovely people. They did raise her, after all.
But I remember having visitors descend on my house just a few days after my daughter was born. They were family and very well-intentioned, but it may have been the most tense, uncomfortable stretch of my daughter's babyhood. And that was pre-colic!
Granted, the following is all anecdotal, but let me just put this out there: if you are still debating whether you should share a house with someone else right after the baby is born, reconsider! Now!
The first few weeks after a baby is born are supposed to be about finding your groove, as a new mom and as a family.
For Kate, that means it will be time to bond not just with the royal munchkin, but with the future king too, getting to know him as Wills the dad instead of Wills the husband. That's hard to do with someone else hovering over you at all times, especially when that person is his mother-in-law.
Then there's trying to figure out how to breastfeed ... with your dad always around. I know, I know, breastfeeding is not sexual. But I have yet to meet the woman who didn't feel just a wee bit different when it was her dad (or her father-in-law) seeing her uncovered. But uncovered feeding is pretty much exactly what you're doing in the beginning when you're at home and just trying to get the hang of latching.
Then there's trying to find time to relax. Not easy if you're not in your own home -- or you have someone else in your space. There were days when I wanted nothing more than to just spread myself out on my own couch and conk out while my daughter slept. But I always felt guilty doing that because someone else might want to sit there. Or watch TV in the living room!
Folks, I could keep on listing, but you get the point. Living with the parents after the baby comes might sound like a great idea in the abstract. That's no doubt why Kate Middleton, a woman who has gazillions of dollars and plenty of her servants at her disposal, would do it.
But really diving into parenthood with other people hovering around you is not all it's cracked up to be.
Want the love without the hardship? Tell them they can visit during the day, but put a time limit on it! Or let them sleep over, and then kick them out (OK, that's pretty rude ... but if they're up for a night shift, make sure you tell them it will be JUST that shift from the get-go).
Do you think Kate's plan sounds blissful or awful?
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