The royal baby has arrived in glorious monarch fashion with a gun salute and people anxiously waiting around the world for a glimpse of the newest royal heir.
I think moms everywhere are fascinated by the birth of the royal little one because it makes us feel like in some small, tiny, miniscule way, we are like Duchess Kate Middleton. We know what she had to do to get that baby here because we’ve been there. Perhaps she, too, has stretchmarks and stitches and is right now experiencing the trauma and majesty of the first day of breastfeeding. And we know, too, that we share that euphoric moment when you see your baby for the first time and fall instantly in love – royal heir or not.
Of course, there will be some major differences between my regular mommy experience and Kate’s royal one. For starters, I also had hyperemesis gravidum (a severe form of morning sickness), but I never came out of my IV fluid treatments looking like this:
I looked more like this:
So although I feel a mommy connection with Kate Middleton, I know the similarities have their limits. She will have nannies who are specially trained to wipe the royal bum, for example.
But like all mothers, I feel compelled to share a bit of new mommy advice for the Duchess. Here’s the best advice I ever received on being a mother: Do What You Want.
It’s simple and sweet but gets right to the point. You can read all the books. You can listen to all the advice from everyone from grandmothers to random ladies at the grocery store who think they know better how to raise your child. You can drive yourself crazy with conflicting theories on sleep, eating and nurturing.
But at the end of the day, YOU are the mom. You know your baby better than anyone in this world. Trust your gut. Do what you want.
That advice might be harder to take while raising a son in the royal family and in front of the paparazzi, but it still rings true. Kate will be praised and criticized for her mothering techniques just like the rest of us. She will have days where she feels like she is the perfect mother. She will have nights where she cries herself to sleep for falling short.
So to Duchess Kate I say good luck. Enjoy every moment—even the tear-soaked ones. Royal or regular, we are all in this together doing our very best everyday to figure out this thing called motherhood.
What advice would you give to Kate on being a royal mum or regular mom?