Kate Middleton & Prince William Face Hardest Parenting Challenge Yet

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Kate Middleton Prince William Prince GeorgeKate Middleton and Prince William have had one heckuva week, haven't they? Monday, they welcomed Prince George to the world. Tuesday, they introduced the royal baby to the world AND entered their first mommy war. Wednesday, they gave him a name! And now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have settled in at Michael and Carole Middleton's house to bond with the royal baby.

In other words? Now the really hard part begins.

I'm not trying to downplay how tough it must have been for the Duchess to have to walk out in front of the entire world -- in heels no less! -- just a day after giving birth. Kate Middleton is -- and I mean this with every bit of my being -- one of my heroes. She's the princess who makes me comfortable with my daughter idolizing princesses. She's one tough cookie to have done so well with such a challenge on her plate. 

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But speaking purely from a mother's perspective, I remember what the days immediately after my daughter's birth were like. They were exciting!

We got phone calls and visitors and flower deliveries! It was busy, busy, busy. And then, just as suddenly as it all happened, it all stopped. The calls. The visits.

We were alone with our daughter, alone to try to keep this teeny, tiny little human alive.

This is what life is going to be like for Kate Middleton and Prince William. Sure, they're in her hometown of Bucklebury, living with her parents, so she won't be completely alone, but the new parents have made it very clear that they want to do things on their own.

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And parents in the house or not, they likely will. My in-laws came to visit soon after my daughter was born, but it was still my husband and I waking all hours of the night, still me breastfeeding (or trying to anyway), still the two of us doing the bulk of the care.

It's when it quiets down, when you are alone at night with a screaming newborn, that the weight settles on your shoulders: you realize that you are responsible for this little life. You brought them into this world, and now YOU need to protect them.

It may be the single most terrifying -- and wonderful -- feeling in the whole world.

But it hits everyone, no matter how rich, no matter how famous, no matter how many royal nannies they may have. Because the more time you spend with your new baby, the deeper in love you fall. The deeper in love you are, the more desperate you are to make their life perfect.

As hard as it may have been to have the whole world talking about her "vaginal birth" or debating her "mummy tummy," trust me ... nothing is harder than that. 

Do you think the royal couple have it any easier or harder than the rest of us?

 

Image via Getty Images/Chris Jackson

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Phyllis Goble

just let them be new parents they are responsible and im sure Kate feels better at her parents house .

Nancy Novacek

Mommy War? What Mommy War? In the first paragraph it mentioned a Mommy war but I haven't heard anything about this.
Was it that Kate's parent were the first to visit? It is only right considering it was their daughter that gave birth.
Prince Charles was second to visit, but maybe it was worked out beforehand that the Middleton's would visit first.
We do not know what goes on behind closed doors unless someone {a friend, confidant, or worker} breaks their trust and shares things that should not be shared.

Dana Truett

This will be a wonderful experience for them.  They will be great parent's.

nonmember avatar Shawn

I think they will be great parents. But just like celebrates no matter how good they are there is always going to be people who critcize what they do.

r3girls r3girls

Hardest parenting challenge yet??? The kid is 4 days old...good grief

rella... rellasmommy

Do you just like to "hear" yourself talk?  Really?

Lisa Bradley Tate

If she is breastfeeding, she will be just like all the rest of us...she needs to pump a few times during the day and let William share in the feeding....My son and daughter in law did that and my son was able to bond more with their baby.

Julia Urwin

MUCH easier. MONEY,is no issue. They can afford to hire help,if it gets too much. They have everything at there dissposale. They don't have to fret about paying bills,etc. They get to travel for nothing. How can you compare that to the average person.having to deal with the paparazzi,is the only payment, they have to do. Don't get me wrong. I think they are lovely,but I would LOVE there lifesyle. much easier,than living on minimin wage.

Amber Boulit

thats rediculous!! HARDEST SO FAR!! HE WAS JUST BORN!! IF MAKING DECISIONS LIKE LIVEING WITH MUMMY AND DADDY IS HARD THEN THEY HAVE A HECK OF A TIME AHEAD OF THEM RAISING GEORGE! 

Crawford Campbell

PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCESS KATE THINK THEY WILL DO MOST OF THE WORK. BOTH ARE DOWN TO EARTH AND I THINK WE SHOULD GIVE THEM ALL THE SUPPORT AND LOVE THEY DESERVE GOD BLESS THE THREE OF YOU

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