Prince William's 2 Weeks of Paternity Leave Is Bad News for Kate Middleton

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Prince WiliamGood grief -- when the heck is Kate Middleton finally going to give birth? It seems like we've been on royal baby watch forever, and it's basically a shock to wake up every morning only to find out she still hasn't gone into labor yet. (Seriously. This is getting really old.)

And while I'm sure the extra time spent waiting for her little one's arrival has allowed her to make sure she's ready to become a mom, there's one thing she just can't fully prepare herself for. Prince William is only taking two weeks of paternity leave, which is basically like five seconds when it comes to life with a newborn baby.

Ugh. When I had my son, my husband only took a measly two weeks off as well. Sure, it sounded like a huge chunk of time when he initially made the plans, but we both learned the hard way just how fast 14 days goes by when you're dealing with sleepless nights, countless diaper changes, and a whole host of other daily tasks you've never had to deal with before.

And when the time was up and that dreaded Monday morning came when he finally had to return to work? Yeah, I cried harder than our new baby -- after he left the house, of course. I never would've burdened him with being an emotional mess when he already felt bad enough about leaving me and the baby for his job. (Guilt trips aren't my thing.)

I was just so exhausted and overwhelmed, as was he. I can't help but wonder how much easier the first few weeks would have been if he'd been able to take a month or more off from work so we could adjust. Something tells me both of us would've been a lot more content, much more rested, and probably a whole lot nicer to each other as well.

And even though Kate will have all sorts of people there to help her out with the new baby, she's still going to miss Prince William when he has to return to the Royal Air Force so soon after the birth. I don't care whether you're a princess or not -- there's still a certain level of comfort in having your husband there with you as a source of support for you and your newborn. Nobody can quite replace him, as I'm sure poor Kate will realize the minute his paternity leave is up.

I guess you have to give him credit for not expecting to receive any sort of special treatment simply because he's royalty. But I'm sure plenty of new dads would have no problem milking that title for all it's worth if it meant getting to stay home with their wife and baby for a few extra weeks.

How much time off did your husband take after your baby was born?


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nonmember avatar blue

I had a c-section, and my husband got 5 days. It was fine. I didn't really have help in the daytime, after that. I really don't understand what the deal is. He still came home after work, it's not like I was a single mom!!!

wdenise wdenise

None. I gave birth on the first day of a school semester. He took the day since I gave birth at 6am but he had to go to class. No breaks for college students.

Coles... Coles_mom

My husband took the day off each kid was born (three kids - all scheduled csections). He went back to work the following day. I was actually glad. I like getting into my own breastfeeding routine and he just gets in the way.

MamaT... MamaTo2b2g

@blue- the deal is that this writer needs to bitch about everything and anything that has to do with motherhood.

Megankae Megankae

My husband didn't know I had the baby for a week. He was gone with the military. He didn't even get to see him until he was 5 weeks old. And that was for a weekend. I would have loved two weeks. Honestly, I did just fine on my own. Be happy with what you get. 

miche... micheledo

Wow. Two weeks would be heaven!!!! Depending on the job my husband had at the time, he has taken mo time off (except day baby was born) up to four days off. I rememberbaby #3, he brought me home fro mthe hospital and the next morning headed into work. This time, with #6, he stayed home two days and then headed back to work. He did come home early several days which was a HUGE help!!

nonmember avatar Sarah

My husband was there with me in the hospital but as soon as I was released he went back to work. On top of that I had a new born and a 2 year old by myself when I had my second baby. Don't complain about only getting 2 weeks with your husband. Not all of us can afford that.

Foley... Foleygirl24

My husband got 4 days, two of which were spent in the hospital. This author needs to suck it up. Two weeks would have been awesome!

craft... craftycatVT

Seriously? I'm sure she will have a nanny. My hubby only had 3 days. I'm sure some people, ie-military families would love to have even that!

Lindy Giles

My husband only got 2 days off. And I'm sure Kate is going to have plenty of help.

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