I've been senior lifestyle editor at The Stir for three years after a short career freelance writing. I did stints at People, PopEater, AOL Health, The Huffington Post, and MyDaily. Before that, I was at FoxNews.com (don't gasp), where I covered fun stuff like the Oscars and style trends, plus heavier fare like Katrina and Casey Anthony. Not long ago, I was in the odd position of getting married at City Hall, planning what my mom called a "proper wedding," and having a baby all in the same year. I have a thing for watermelon, mystery novels, France, and trips to the Met.
Ten weeks. That's how long my maternity leave was after my first baby was born. Two weeks shorter than usual, but generous considering I'd been at my current job for less than six months.
That 10 weeks seemed like an eternity when I thought about it in the abstract, before my daughter's birth, and even in the early days home from the hospital. Can you imagine having 10 weeks vacation? That's what I always told myself, even as I saw the days ticking by at a frightengly fast clip.
But experienced, sage moms know that maternity leave is about as far from vacation as you can get. Suddenly, almost without warning, I was a week away. Then a day. And then the dreaded "first day back at work" was suddenly here. And I was heartbroken. I felt dead inside.
The royal couple and Wills' brother Harry were guests at the wedding of their good friends Lucy Meade and Charlie Budgett, which was held in Chippenham, England. Little Prince George did not go with his parents.
Kate, of course, looked amazing in a stylish, tweedy blue coat, navy hat, and navy heels. Her husband and brother-in-law were very handsome in their three-piece suits with pinstriped pants and coat tails. I'd venture to say I've never seen Prince William looking better.
But can you imagine being the poor bride and groom? Their three famous guests must have totally stolen their thunder!