Kate Middleton's Secret Weapon Helps Her Survive the 'Baby Boot Camp' Weeks

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Prince George's Grandma Carole Middleton
Everyone knows the days and weeks following childbirth are a special time when new moms catch up on sleep and maybe a favorite daytime TV program or two. We munch on delicious healthy snacks made from organic sunflower seeds, and awaken each morning to a content newborn, homemade fruit smoothie, and packages of cashmere baby sleep suits sent by wealthy friends who have the courtesy to not visit two weeks postpartum, when every body part south of a new mom's collarbone still feels like it’s on fire.

Did I just describe your typical mom? Hell no. But this is postpartum reality for Kate Middleton, thanks to her super awesome mom, Carole, who is helping the Royal Couple big time. 

Shortly after giving birth to baby George, Kate and Prince William did something that may have ticked off the Queen slightly when they moved their little tribe to Bucklebury to live with Kate's mom and dad. The couple was given its own private wing in the home with a double en suite bed and private living room. 

Sure, Kate and Will are being given props all over for their decision to forgo a maternity nurse and do most of the early parenting themselves (baby George even sleeps in a Moses basket by their bed), but let's not deny how much easier this is thanks to George's maternal grandparents

Kate's mom blends healthy smoothies for her daughter each morning, fends away unwelcome guests, and has even made it possible for Will to get out and play a little Polo -- a far cry from my own new parenting experiences, when I used negotiating tactics with my husband that would make Jimmy Carter proud, all so I could escape the house for a half-hour pedicure. 

A strong support system is crucial for new moms, particularly during those first few weeks. As a mom with a great mom and mom-in-law of her own, I was fortunate to receive more outside help than most. Without them, I'm not sure how I would have showered, cooked, cleaned, and slept at all during those first few months of hell.

What do you do when your support system is nonexistent? Do you trade off favors with other mommy friends? Hire an extra hand? Or do you just suck it up and deal with it? 


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Adie0510 Adie0510

When my first DD was born, we were living on a military base with no family help. I was so fortunate to have my bookclub friends come by every other day with a meal for us for the first couple of weeks. Without them I don't think I could have coped! I'd had a difficult birth with an emergency c-section.

When my DD was about 8 weeks old my husbands mother came to visit and she did absolutely nothing. Even asked me each day what I was planning to make for dinner that night (then criticizing it as I cooked it). I would advise any moms-to-be to NOT have anyone visit in the first few weeks and to not let anyone visit for more than an hour or two who will not be a help!

early... earlybird11

my mom, dad and everyone else was a life saver! My mom was there from hospital pick up and for a a few weeks. My dad cane and helped with anything around the house that needed fixing, friends cleaned in between the maid appointments my parents made. I insisted my mom and hubby return to work within 2 days of my being home, so my days were filled with great uncles and aunts, as well as close friends coming and bringing food, sitting with baby so i could shower, catching up on shows with me etc . I had an emergency c section and i think everyone was more than happy to help where they could.

nonmember avatar Anna221

They're really lucky. My cousin's MIL said "she had her own life" when my cousin asked her for help with their new son. Ouch! Not everyone is willing to help out the family.
By the way, I don't have kids but I would love to have a Carole Middleton in my life. I feel like she pulls no punches in getting stuff done.

Brijinder Singh Bhatia

Well my wife was brave to give birth to four children. I was working as a planning engineer and had to work full days Monday to Friday. She did all the cooking, looked after the babies. But coped with all the situation herself. As a mum you feel more than even the husband for the baby. She used to breast feed the baby. Today all our children are highly educated and have high jobs. I am proud of them. Kate and Willim will do the same.

Brijinder Singh Bhatia

Kate and Willim are wonderful parents, loving parents. They will raise their children with great responsibility and as wonderful loving parents.

Trevo... Trevorsmommie78

She is so blessed. My got home from delivering a 10 pd baby via c sectiin and immediatly had to clean. My house was a disaster. My mim watched my almost 3 year old but did little else...not even her own dishes. My mil always has an excuse not to help, shes sick, dr appt, meeting, cat needs nails trimmed, anything. I stopped asking. I am 7 weeks postpartum right now and on the verge of a mental breakdown. My husband said. Well mayve u should just bottle feed if thats easier...gee thanks your a peach.

nonmember avatar momma456

"A strong support system is crucial for new moms" "I'm not sure how I would have showered, cooked, cleaned, and slept at all during those first few months of hell." Well I'm not sure what kind of utopia you lived in but we who work for a living are not so lucky. My husband could not take time off work. He had to be up early, and I breastfed anyway, so he was not able to help during the night. I had to go back to work after 2 weeks. I can't believe you thought it was worth an argument to get your precious little toes painted! What sort of priorities do you have? Toes??? Nobody cares what your toes look like, especially not your baby. And by the way, it's really not nearly as hard to prepare simple meals, do laundry and grab a shower as you think. The key is you have to WANT to make it work. How do you think women did it in the old days or when they live in isolated areas? Oh and by the way, I had to go back to work after 2 weeks because I had a daycare in my home and couldn't afford to take more time off. So not only did I have my own baby, but another young baby, 3 toddlers, and my 4-year old daughter. Having a love for children, and a good scheduling system, goes a long way.

adopt... adoption2013

They're lucky.  When I adopted my mother who had promised to cone and help was nowhere to be found.  I didn't get proper maternity leave and just jumped in with both feet while working from. Home for just over a month.

MaryAnn Remillard

Why do you even have to go there?. It is thier private life and concerns them only. Sounds like you are so envious. You have children be grateful for that and deal with it. I had three daughters and took care of them myself. My house was spotless my husband came home for dinner and it was ready. I did not feel pressured but was very organized. Everything worked out well for me and my family without any help. My mom worked and my mom in law did not ive close. It was all fine. However leave Kate alone. They love their baby and that is what the little prince needs now..

Lindy Palmer

Love the bag, someone tell me what it is love one, whose bag, wht colour its gorgeous, any one know. ??

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