Sunday, 14 July 2013

It's Bucklebury & Polo for the Cambridges + More!

Hello to you all,

It's Day 14 of Royal Baby watch and as of publishing this post there is no sign of Baby Cambridge arriving just yet. Kate is enjoying a relaxing weekend at her parents in Bucklebury while William and Harry participated in polo matches yesterday and today, both within a relatively short distance of Berkshire where William no doubt joined Kate after the match. The father-to-be was very relaxed this afternoon as he played in the sunshine in the Jerudong Trophy, Cirencester Park Polo Club and looked particularly happy chatting to a little girl.


There was no helicopter on standby at the polo club in the event William had to make a quick departure; the plan was for the Prince to drive to London, with police clearing the way. William and Harry played on the Cirencester Purple team and lost 5.5 to 7, however their presence alone ensured a significant amount was raised for charities such as Child Bereavement UK and homeless charity Centrepoint.


More from The Mirror's story:

'A royal source told the Sunday People: "It was William who said he'd be by Kate's side at her mum's but she urged him to play polo.
Of course, it's a big time thing to be having your first baby but for the moment Kate wants to lead as normal a life as possible. It's not that far from Kate or the hospital and she feels fine, so she told him to go. But Wills is just like any other new Dad - he's torn between doing something he loves and wanting to do the right thing by his wife. But he'll be at the birth no question."'

Police protection cars have been seen outside the Middletons' Bucklebury home as routine protection for Kate and to assist in taking her to the hospital should she go into labour. As the media frenzy continues in London, spending the weekend with her parents makes perfect sense for William and Kate. They can unwind and relax at the Georgian Mansion which has eighteen acres of grounds and a swimming pool.


The Sunday Express's Camilla Tomniey reports:

'A royal insider said: Being back at home in Bucklebury is the one place where Kate can truly relax, especially with all the building work going on at Kensington Palace. She knows her mom will take good care of her and William can rest assured that she's in safe hands. Kate is very family orientated so it is only natural that she wants to spend as much time as possible with her parents before the baby arrives.'

The news of Kate staying with her parents this weekend made the cover of today's Sunday Express.

Sunday Express

A contingency plan is in place for Kate to give birth at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading if she doesn't have time to get to London, but ideally she wishes to have the baby at St Mary's.

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Next, a couple of interesting stories to share with you. Commentator Hugo Vickers wrote a very nice piece for The Mirror about William:

'Prince William stands on the brink of fatherhood, a time of consolidation and change as he assumes the new role of master of his own developing family.
 This a good marriage. He found Catherine himself and took time to make sure they were comfortable to take on their relationship. Having seen the Cambridges away from the cameras I can testify William is every bit as solicitous to her in private as he is in public.'

The results of a recent survey carried out by the Mail On Sunday found that the public support William and Kate's plan to raise their child without a full-time nanny and think the baby should accompany them on royal tours. The majority felt both sets of grandparents should have a pivotal role in the upbringing of the future monarch and Kate should reduce royal duties once the baby is born. Victoria and James were the most popular names in the poll, with Diana and Alexander a close second.


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I've received a number of queries about a new book about the Duchess: Kate: A Biography by Marcia Moody. I've read a good portion of the week over the past few days and found it a very enjoyable read. There's nothing sensationalist in the book, and it's very much a well-written account of Kate's life so far.


My sister read it cover to cover, and as someone who reads the blog (being the good sister she is :)) and enjoys following the Royal Family, she found it "very insightful, particularly regarding Kate's early years". The book chronicles Kate's ancestry; from her parents' early life (Carole was trained to deliver a baby during her flight attendant training) to the family's time in Jordan where Kate learned to sing 'Happy Birthday' in Arabic, and all the way up to the announcement of Kate's pregnancy in December.


My favourite chapters thus far are the ones detailing the Middleton children's idyllic childhood. An extract from Chapter two: 'A girl called Squeak':

'The young Kate also made fledgling attempts in the kitchen, including a disastrous effort for one of James's birthdays: 'I tried making my brother's cake one year but I forgot to add the self-raising flour', she later recalled on the Party Pieces website. 'Obviously, the cake never rose so I used the flat sponge and turned it into a trifle cake! We still managed to use candles and it's a great alternative for anyone who doesn't like cake. Not sure my brother agreed at the time.' James added: 'Boys don't like trifle when they should have had pirate cake!'
It just goes to show the make-do-and-mend mentality in the Middletons' home that Kate didn't descend into gloom when her efforts went wrong, it was simply a matter of putting a positive spin on things. The Middletons way is not just a case of when life gives you lemons you make lemonade, but rather going that one step further, and using those lemons to make a beautifully presented and delicious lemon syllabub.'

A very interesting piece on William and Kate's engagement.

'After Kate had accepted William's proposal, the couple headed back to Lewa. It had been Kate's first time to that part of Africa, and in the visitors' book she wrote, 'Thank you for such a wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found, but we had great fun trying. I loved the warm fires and candlelights - so romantic! Hope to be back again soon. Catherine Middleton.'
 When William told Harry, he was thrilled and told him 'I have a sister'.

The book is well worth the read for royal fans and a nice book to add to your collection. The book is available for $14 at Amazon.

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Until next time...

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97 comments:

  1. How lovely that William & Kate both had an enjoyable weekend away from the London hubbub!

    My daughter laughs at me and what she calls my "girl crush" on Kate. I couldn't care less...I'll be using part of the amazon refund I received yesterday to buy the biography by Ms. Moody. :o)

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  2. Jules from Germany14 July 2013 at 20:56

    I can hardly wait anymore! I expect Kate to be much more relexaed than we are. I imagine her relaxing at her parents home, chatting with her mum, enjoying the quiet environment, being sure not to be seen when doing a walk with her hubby on the grounds, maybe reading books, doing some cooking or baking, having meals together... All in all I think at her parents home it is possible for her not to feel anything of the stress and impatience in the air of o London. she must feel like being on a holiday, because I don't expect her working on something in particular at the moment, but waiting for something great to happen with everyone she loves being close by her side.
    I feel happy for her, hoping she enjoys her last day of her first pregnancy and granting her every private minute she has, even though being a public person.
    Charlotte, your efforts and the work you do is amazing! thank you for putting so much of your private into this blog, feeding us nervous girls with news!

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    1. Sarah from Calif.14 July 2013 at 23:27

      Jules that was so perfectly said.

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    2. Jules, I like your post. One thing, though..I don't think Duchess Kate was feeling like she's on a holiday at all. Not only is the stress and excitement following her, but she most likely, by now, feels so heavy and bad that the only thing she does want is not to be pregnant anymore and for the baby to come. I don't know anyone who made it this far into their pregnancy that doesn't, or didn't, want that. Someone let her get near a refrigerator! It's a joke in our family that the time is very near if the pregnant woman starts to clean out a refrigerator! My mom says it's a sign of "nesting". You can't really bend down to clean and are too miserable to do that anyway, but cleaning out the refrigerator is a sign. Don't ask me why. I've seen women who were about to give birth do the same kind of thing around their houses...simple straightening things out or throwing small things away.

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  3. Jean from Lancs.14 July 2013 at 21:00

    I should think Catherine would be glad to get out of London for the weekend. The new apartment has a private walled garden, but from their present home if she wanted a little walk, it would have to be in Kensington Gardens and one can imagine the hullabaloo if she did that just now.
    I see the poll gives a lot of advice to the Duke and Duchess, but he/she is their child and as they get to know the little one, they will make decisions which are best for them all.
    I pray for a safe delivery and a healthy child, whether boy or girl and whatever the name.

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    1. If the apartment is vacant could she not go use the walled garden. Unless there is construction stuff there, it is hers for the taking!

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    2. I believe they were doing work on the roof so it may not be ideal (or even possible) for them to be there right now. And if I understand correctly, her parents have 18 acres and a pool. Right now, that beats a palace address. ;)

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  4. Pauline Oak Hills14 July 2013 at 21:51

    Wow another great post Ms. Charlotte. I have ordered the book but we do not get it here in the States until October. I really am excited about reading about the duchess. I have serveral books on the Duchess & some about both William & his Duchess. Kate Nicholl has a book either coming out in London now & the states in October. I have pre-ordered that one too.

    It was a nice write up on William.

    I would hope that the Duchess can take some time before she returns to her royal duties so she can enjoy her baby and being a mother. I can see William wanting her to stay home and beinga wife & mother but that is not how the royal family does it. Too bad. But if they do alot of engagements together then she will have more time with her baby. And if they have to be goen for any lenght of time, they take Baby Cambridge with them. And I can see that happening.

    Well as I sit here in the California heat, I am on pins & needles awaiting the birth of William & Catherines bundle of joy. I have even been gettign up during the night to check the computer. Just call me crazy...lol

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    1. I too live in California and you would think that I would expect to be on the list of those who get first notifications of the birth. Have been a huge fan of the Royals since Diana's days (cried my eyes out for a week when she died) and hope nothing but great things for her first born and his beautiful wife!! Come on baby Cambridge~~I can't wait much longer (but I will if that if YOUR plan) LOL!! (Lots of laughs and love)

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  5. Theresa, from Paris14 July 2013 at 22:13

    Lovely post, dear Charlotte ;)
    I remember how worried we all were nine months ago. Lovely to think the Duchess had a happy pregnancy. May all go well for her and her baby now !
    Can't wait ;-))))

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  6. Thank you for another post and the giggle at the end... "Keep Calm..." indeed. OMG. Just imagine all the excitement in Bucklebury!

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  7. Debra McNally from Maryland U.S.A.14 July 2013 at 23:41

    Thank you for your blog. There is no doubt the Duke and Duchess's sweet baby will be as healthy as he/she is beautiful!
    I am also a fan :)

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  8. Kate looks gorgeous on the cover of the book,wonder when that picture was taken?
    The Keep Calm ribbons are cute, I'm sure they will have another Keep Calm Kate had a boy/girl ribbons soon after her delivery:))Thanks chica you are the besto!!xoxo

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    1. Hi, Siddhii and everyone! Correct me please if I am wrong, but I believe this photo is the picture of Catherine that was included with the Royal Wedding program when she and William got married. They included a lovely black and white, artsy photo of the two of them with her face in the foreground and William to the side. Here we all are, still waiting, but I am very happy that the Duchess Is with her family away from all the chaos in front of St. Mary's. Charlotte, loved this post! Thank you so very much and hugs to all!
      Kim from Arizona

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    2. Siddhii, I believe that was one of their informal engagement photos. She DOES look beautiful. :)

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  9. Another new book on Kate is Kate's Style; Smart Chic Fashion from a Royal Role Model by Caroline Jones. It is primarily about Kate's clothes and her development as a fashion icon but has really wonderful photos of her since her marriage up to the early days of her pregnancy. A good compliment to the earlier books on her style that covered her style before her marriage. It's available on Amazon, I think both US and UK and I just received my copy in California. A good one for anyone who likes pictures of Kate.

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  10. I don't believe baby Cambridge will ever be born! This waiting is tough.
    Colorado Eve

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    1. LOL Eve!! "Keep Calm and . . ." You're right. Waiting is tough. But we all get through it, don't we! Kudos to Catherine for sending William out to play polo. Sometimes I think it's the husbands who are more nervous than the wives.

      --Marci in SLC

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  11. Good night, my dear friends!
    I'm glad Catherine is at her parents home. Nothing better than spending quality time with the ones you love. There is nothing like family in the world.
    I never thought that by this time of the month we would still be waiting for the baby's arrival! I hope everything is fine with both mum and baby!
    I've already ordered my copy of this new book! Can't wait it to read it!
    I wish you a lovely, lovely week!
    Hugs,

    Ana B. from Brazil

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  12. That is a very nice essay by Mr Vickers. Your monarchy is in excellent hands. Also good news that the public supports the Cambridges. It's important for that to continue as they build their own family.
    Great update post, thank you. Love the Keep Calm photo.

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  13. Jennifer in Wisconsin15 July 2013 at 04:17

    Charlotte,

    Can any of the other readers answer a question for me? When I was pregnant with my two girls, each time I went monthly, then weekly, for checkups with my doctor. However, when I got to the last two weeks, that's when the doctors had me come every three or four days. Does it work the same in the UK? If so, then maybe Kate really isn't due so soon- more like what Carole Middleton alluded to with the Leo comment.

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    1. Hello Jennifer,

      Perhaps some mums could provide insight? I know Kate has been reportedly in St Mary's a couple of times in the past two weeks. She did say "mid-july" so I do expect Baby Cambridge will definitely arrive this week :)

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    2. Lynn Georgia USA15 July 2013 at 18:58

      She did say mid-July, but I didn't believe her. I should have, because was I ever wrong about the due date! I think that because William came ten days earlier than the date Diana had indicated, many of us (press included!)expected the same to happen for Kate and William's baby. So we get to wait and wait, don't we? I consider the waiting a just punishment for our not believing Kate!

      To while away the time, I have been enjoying the pictures of the Buckingham Palace concert Friday night. Zara is so beautiful! I like her personality and demeanor a lot, too. The Queen looked wonderful, as well, as always. I am curious about one photograph though and hope someone can help me with it. Queen Elizabeth is standing between Charles and Camilla with two children (a boy and girl)in almost full view directly behind them. I can't figure out who the children are. They must be closely connected with the family. Could they be Princess Margaret's grandchildren? The girl did look a little like the older bridesmaid (not Louise) at Kate and William's wedding, but I'm not sure.

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    3. Some times they like to take fetal monitor tests of the baby every day. Since the world is watching I could see them "overtesting" her and the baby :).

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    4. Reply for Lynn Georgia USA - Yes, I think the children you're referring to from memory are the Linley children so Princess Margaret's grandchildren from Viscount Linley.

      PP

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    5. Yes, those two children are the Honourable Charles and the Honourable Margarita Armstrong-Jones, offspring of Lord Linley. Charles is a Page of Honour to the Queen, if I'm remembering correctly, and most recently attended her at the State Openign of Parliament. Yes, Margarita was a bridesmaid at Prince William's wedding. She's grown up somewhat in the over two years since. She'll be a beauty as an adult, I think.

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    6. Apparently July 13 was the official "due date". Trouble is, "due dates" are based on a 40 week gestation, and pregnancies have been getting longer over the last 60 years or so. No-one knows why this is, but improved maternal health and nutrition probably has something to do with it. The average gestation is now 40 weeks and 6 days, which would put Baby Cambridge likely to arrive around the 20th. Regarding Kate's hospital visits; a weekly visit to the doctor or midwife is routine from 36 weeks.
      (and thank you for a great post, and keeping us beautifully up-to-date .)

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    7. Lynn Georgia USA16 July 2013 at 14:10

      Thanks Penelope! That does mean the little girl was one of Kate's bridesmaids, I think. She has changed considerably in two years' time.

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  14. Sarah from Calif.15 July 2013 at 04:28

    I love the look on William's face as he looks at the little girl on her pappa's shoulder. I wonder if he's thinking "wow I'm going to have one of those soon and I'm going to be a dad " anyways my whole family think I'm nuts . I asked my son if he knew who baby Cambridge is and he said "no" oh well just glad I have all of you to ramble on with. :)
    Thank you Charlotte for the recent book suggestions. It's always nice when people can recommend them. Now I need to figure out which one to get.

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    1. Lynn Georgia USA15 July 2013 at 19:06

      My husband shakes his head as if he thinks I'm crazy, too. But every morning when I run to the computer (even before pouring a cup of coffee), he groggily calls out, "Did the baby come yet?" And he expressed concern about Kate being too far away from her doctors and the hospital this past weekend! So there!

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    2. Sarah from Calif.15 July 2013 at 22:51

      Lynn I too am guilty. I sit in bed with my coffee and Kindle and pop into this Blog first thing in the morning. That is very sweet about your husband's concern :)

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  15. I love your posted about that william polo much more relaxed even the duchess will going to pop any time what ever the baby wants love the keep calm and wait bracelet excelent post we are waiting for your next post

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  16. thanks for all the info Charlotte. the cover of kate's book is beautiful. what a stunning face she has. thank you for the review of your book and glad your sister enjoyed it.

    I will KEEP CALM AND WAIT FOR BABY CAMBRIDGE ;-) hahah

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  17. Kate, Texas, USA15 July 2013 at 06:05

    SO glad to be back into the posting world after being away a few days. :) GREAT post, Charlotte! I LOVED the Keep Calm and Wait for Baby Cambridge. That's too cute!

    When, oh when is this sweet baby coming? My cousin delivered a healthy baby boy yesterday. She was really trying to hold off and deliver at the same time as Kate, but her water broke and that was it! I told her it will probably be the same week and that's close enough!

    I am so glad Kate could spend some quiet time at home over the weekend. Being in the quiet countryside is so different than the hustle and bustle of London. Having been to KP many times, although you are not right up on Nottingham Cottage, there's still lots of action and visitors around KP. I would think it couldn't be too relaxing, especially with overseeing the construction of 1A also. Hopefully she could float in the pool and prop her feet up in Bucklebury. Maybe her mom made a lovely Sunday dinner and she could bask in the quiet and calm. Heaven knows the media fury and frenzy that will hit when the baby arrives, so good for Kate taking a weekend to be with family. Enjoy these last few days, Kate! Relax and stay cool! :-)

    William and Harry look great playing polo! A man playing polo is like a man in uniform....LOL!!! SO handsome!!! I hope that there was a great amount of money raised for charity. Now I'm hoping Baby C will hold off a couple days and let William rest a bit from his busy weekend.

    Well, since she's gone this far..... Maybe Kate can hold off until my son's birthday on July 22. Another week might be pushing it (no pun intended), but it would be quite funny that the media will have camped out for 3 weeks. Hmmm. One interview I saw today on the internet from a British station said one US news station had over 700 people spread throughout London with reporters, crews, etc. Thinking it's NBC. That's nuts. Baby C, when are you going to make your grand entrance?

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  18. Charlotte You are amazing! Thank you for staying on top of all the latest info. I want to read the exciting news on your site first!!!
    Part of me hopes Kate has a quiet delivery at the local hospital near her parents. It seems so much more peaceful & away from the intense media in London.
    But maybe the idea of William & his child being born in the same place is important to the Cambridges. (And they in my mind are the only important opinions. What they want is what I hope happens)
    Nicki in CA

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  19. Charlotte You are Amazing!!! Thank you for keeping us updated on all the latest info. I want to read the exciting announcement on your site before any other.
    Part of me hopes that Kate can have her delivery at the hospital near her parents. It seems so much more peaceful, private and away from the media insanity in London. But I wonder if having the baby born in the same hospital as William is important to her. What the Cambridges wish is what I hope happens. May she have a peaceful quick delivery surrounded by family.
    Nicki in CA

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  20. Thanks for your updates, Charlotte. I think I need to wear a Keep Calm and wait for Baby Cambridge ribbon! I'm rather excited!

    Deborah in Canada

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  21. yup, i will not be surprised if she needs to be induced for labour. looks like she will go past her due date.

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  22. Good Luck to the Cambridges...from Kushy in sunny South Africa... Love ur blog charlotte... Read it everyday, keep up the great work!

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  23. HTL, Vermont USA15 July 2013 at 18:49

    Charlotte,
    You do an amazing job. I feel you deserve to the first to tell all of us the good news. Frankly I now avoid the regular media outlets until I have had a chance to recheck your blog just to give you honors! My 18 yr. old son is traveling to London - for the first time - this weds. All along I have hoped he would be there when this once in a lifetime event happens...So, perhaps he will get lucky!! Most importantly though is that all goes smoothly and joyfully for Kate and William - god bless...
    Vermont, USA

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  24. HTL, Vermont USA15 July 2013 at 18:52

    This may be a duplicate because my first post appeared not to work - if so, sorry! Charlotte you do a terrific professional job with this blog. Can't tell you how many mornings of escape and fun you have given me as I check your blog before I start my work day. Now I a feel you deserve top honors to deliver the good news so I am avoiding news outlets until I have a chance to check your blog first! Also, my eldest teenage son will be travelling to London Thursday morning and we are all hoping he gets to be there for this once in a lifetime event. Most importantly may all go smoothly and joyfully for Catherine and William. Best wishes to them...and to you for your great work..

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    1. Thank you so much, you are all so lovely to take the time leave such supportive and encouraging comments. I am determined to cover the news as it arrives and hope to have a post published within minutes of hearing any official word :)

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  25. We were living in the UK (in Essex) when I was pregnant with my second baby. After a false alarm, my husband offered to cancel his upcoming business trip back home to the States. No reason, I said; after all I wasn't due for another month and we were almost out of several of my daughter's favorite food items (back then, they weren't nearly as available there). Of course, the baby decided to arrive while he was gone. Events of the day were somewhat a comedy of errors (although it didn't seem that way at the time), but everything ended well. Enjoying this baby watch all the more so for the memories (although Kate will thankfully not be scrambling to find a ride to hospital) it's brought back!

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    1. I have to say respectively that the comments re bonding due to medication at birth is ridiculous and there is enough guilt put in mothers without comments like this. Each birth experience is different , precious and amazing.

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  26. I've read a number of comments on the blog recently about the hope that the DoC will be induced if she doesn't go into labor soon.

    I wonder about the general attitude in the UK toward induction. So far, most "reports" tell of a preference for "natural birth." Can anyone here offer some insight?

    I ask for two reasons. 1) I am curious about the beliefs and practices in the UK. 2) I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I cannot take the high road on the topic any longer. Every time it is mentioned by commentors on the blog, I bristle. I hope to gather information and not to pass judgement. Is there anyone who will oblige me?

    My perspective is the following:

    There seems to be a resurgence in the popularity of midwives and natural child bearing (at least among new mothers in my part of the US - Northern CA). It is more more and widely recognized that many practices of US hospital maternity wards are about convenience and practicality for doctors than the biological advantage for mother and child.

    Many true proponents of natural childbirth would attest that induction, epidurals, and even laying flat on ones back to give birth put the miraculous events that could take place for mother and baby out of reach.


    Epidurals and inductions prevent the irreplaceable and vital attachment formed between mother and child just after delivery. The notion that - with knowledge of it's disadvantages - induction would be recommended for any woman who is not in a seriously dangerous situation saddens me. Induction provides zero advantages for mother or baby under "normal" circumstances.

    I'd love to hear others thoughts on the matter. I also hope we can keep it respectful. I have tried my best, but I apologize if I have offended anyone. I love a good discussion, though, even on controversial topics.

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    1. All births are miracles and to claim that "Epidurals and inductions prevent the irreplaceable and vital attachment formed between mother and child just after delivery" is an overstatement. Obviously not every birth experience is perfect, but parents and babies can bond perfectly well even with a tough start.

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    2. Please let me address as much as I can from the points you raised:
      1. Induction of delivery only occurs for the following reason: maternal health, worsening fetal health, and pregnancy past 40 weeks. But physician's don't induce because you are a few days past your due date, induction becomes a main option after 41 weeks and no baby. We NEVER allow a pregnancy to continue past 42 weeks due to increased rate of fetal complications, and increased risk of fetal death cos they outgrowth their space and "food" supply.

      2. For midwives: Many people tend to think of midwives as just upper level nannies, but these are actually nurses with master's and PhD (at least in the US). Midwives are a great option for many women because, in all honesty, most babies intrinsically know how to birth themselves. Mid-wives take a lot of pressure of physician , so they can focus on higher risk patients. Where I work, we have patient for the midwives and patient for the physician, and when the midwife hit a rough patch with the case, they usually hand the case over to the physicians (e.g. a non-progressing labor).
      3. "Natural birth": There are soooooo many misconceptions about this, it is actually funny. Women have the right to show however u want to have your baby. The use of medication to lessen the pain can come indifferent forms- epidural, nerve block, or simple morphine. None of this will inhibit "bonding" with the baby. A nerve block, just numbs the are down there so you don't feel all the contractions to bad. Nothing your are given should make you unaware to the point that you cannot interact with others; this medications are not systemic, there are local. There are fears of adverse effects to the baby, but these medications do not cross the placental and cannot reach the baby. The only side effect that can be a little disturbing is when you get a little too much of the epidural, your leg will feel like lead for a few hours, but it will wear off.

      4. Position you take during delivery is up to you and the delivering team. The only time position really matter is with "difficult" cases, and there are sooooo many maneuvers that you as the patient can take to make it better. In different positions used is really regional based. For the example, the UK tend to favor more side lying positions, which isn't the case in the US. Unless, the mother has a pelvis that is not conducive for natural delivery (then will need c-section), the bay will find its way out on way or other. Believe me, those little sucker can bend and twist quite well.

      In summary, the baby will find its way out no matter what position the mother is in. The decision to induce is not taken lightly by most physicians. Natural or with medication does not matter, you will have more than enough time to bond with the baby.Midwives are great, they lessen the job of the physician, and they are competent.
      Quick warning: If you say no to epidural, be prepared to stick with it, cos if you are past 6cm dilated we can't give it to you.

      Please feel free ask any questions!!!!!

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    3. Kate, Texas, USA15 July 2013 at 22:32

      I think you stated your opinion respectfully. :) I am going to respectfully disagree. I have 4 children. I was induced with two and went into labor with two. Epidurals with 3 and one all natural. So, all that to say I had the irreplaceable and vital attachment formed with all my children after delivery. The child that went through natural birth with no epidural was no different than the others. Each was precious, amazing, and miraculous all the same. I gave birth to healthy, happy babies, breastfed them all, and all are happy, well-rounded children today.

      I think each woman's birthing experience is unique and individual. I don't think you can say epidurals and or inductions prevent the attachment between mother and child. What about children who are adopted and the adoptive mother is there to witness the miracle of her baby being born? What about women who are unable to carry a child so a surrogate carries the child for her? What about someone who has to have a C-section for medical reasons or elects to have one? Although I have not been in these circumstances, I would think they would say there is still an amazing bond between mother and child.

      Each woman must decide what is best for her and her baby. For you that might be an all natural delivery and that's great, but for others it might be different. I wouldn't change anything about the 4 deliveries I have experienced. :-) If Kate chooses to be induced or decides to wait for labor to come, it will be an amazing, life-changing, and full-filling experience.

      Kudos to you for wanting to start a discussion. As you said, hopefully we can all keep it kind and respectful. :)

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    4. Sarah from Calif.15 July 2013 at 23:20

      My last child was 2 weeks late, the doctor said 1 more day and that's all they would give me before they would induce the labor. I went into labor that night. I think the concern about over medicating is the drowsiness of the mom. We all know there is plenty of time to bond with baby when ever and as soon as is possible in each unique situation, for those who truely want to bond with their child.
      With my second son I was trying to stick it out (boy did I get stuck) I waited to long and the doctor couldn't give me anything. I was shocked (I thought all doctors loved to give shots Ugh. This is an amazing topic, truely every birth is unique in its own way.
      William and Kate take heart, you will truely be ready to deliver when baby decides to come into the world.

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    5. Pauline Oak Hills16 July 2013 at 01:14

      Anonymous 21:47 Just wondering are you a doctor or a ob nurse? Nothing met to be disrespectful.

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    6. My son was almost two weeks late, so the subject of induction had just been mentioned to me. Thankfully, I was able to have a natural childbirth with my son and - two years later - with my daughter.

      There's something a bit discouraging about seeing your due date come and go with no sweet baby to show for it. If, in fact, Kate is now overdue, I'm certain that her doctors are monitoring her closely, and will do whatever is necessary for her to have a safe delivery.

      As others have mentioned, each mother's birth experience is unique. The important thing is that Kate and William will be together for the birth of their child, however she/he comes into the world. :o)

      Julie

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    7. Though I have to admit that I do not know a lot about the topic, I would tend to agree with your critical view of induction, Jessica. Personally, I don't think I would do it, but then again I'm not pregnant and do not have to make that kind of decision right now.
      While I do not think that induction prevents you from bonding with your child, I would very much prefer to keep things natural when having children.
      This is a choice that every woman has to make herself, of course, I just happen to think that babies have their own agenda and what's wrong with them perhaps taking a little more time?

      I also feel that the fact that people have mentioned induction so frequently on this blog, is a little strange. Not because there is anything wrong with it but because 1) we do not know Kate's actual due date and therefore cannot say whether induction would be even necessary, 2) some comments sounded as though people were hoping for Kate to be induced so that they would not have to wait for the arrival of her baby any longer and 3) I think that this is a very personal matter and - no offense - none of our business, really ;)

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    8. Anonymous, thank you for your great explanations! They really helped me understand this topic better. Reading some people's comments I did get the impression that many people would just say 'Well, let's induce labour' when the baby doesn't arrive on its due date. I do of course understand that this is a good option for the cases that you listed. Thanks again for your insights!

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    9. Lynn Georgia USA16 July 2013 at 14:39

      I, for one, changed my mind fast about natural childbirth when I went into labor. My hat is off to those who make it, but I would never have chosen that option a second time. (I have just the one child.) I do wonder whether we are jumping to conclusions about Kate's plans for natural childbirth. As I recall, the palace spokesman used the word "natural" in response to a question (or rumor) about the possibility of a planned C-section, saying that the Duchess planned to have the baby naturally. At the time I thought he probably meant vaginally (as opposed to by C-section), but considered using the name of a female body part inappropriate when referring to the Duchess.

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    10. Yes I always think 'naturally ' means via the usual channel and not reference to pain relief. I too take my hat off to people who do it without pain relief ( I had epidural s with both mine and I had to be put on a drip to speed up contractions as I just carried on long labouring and not dilating! Not much fun but worth it to c my beautiful daughters ) I can't understand why you would choose pain when there is pain relief. But we are all different and the fact you have the choice is great. Ella. Swansea.

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    11. As someone said b4 you only get induced once you are 2 weeks over your due date, there's no question of inducing b4. Although they try other methods, the sweep , not nice uncomfortable and not always work. Better to wait and c.

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  27. The Duchess of Cornwall said today "He or she should be here by the end of the week" :)

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA15 July 2013 at 22:35

      YEA!!!! Continuing to wait and watch, although waiting is becoming difficult. I am constantly checking my phone and computer!!! Praying for Will and Kate that they can relax and enjoy each other over the next few days. Baby C is coming....sometime soon!!!

      Thanks for keeping up posted on the latest updates, Charlotte! You're the best!!!

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    2. Pauline Oak Hills16 July 2013 at 01:15

      I am with you Kate fro Texas. I am up at 2 or 3 in teh morning checking my computer. This is crazy...lol

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    3. I'm sure it will be very soon now everyone :)

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  28. Anonymous 21:47 - are u a nurse or obstetrician?

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    1. obstetrician. But I actually used be be a nurse before heading to med school.

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  29. A baby by the end of the week? That's 4 or 5 more days to wait!!! After reading the comments here, it's nice to know I'm not crazy! I check this site and twitter almost every hour in case Baby Cambridge is on the way.

    Charlotte---thank you for this ah-mazing blog! I'm always thrilled to see an update and hang on every word and picture!


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  30. I follow this blog several times a day. Love it! I am a RN with 20 yrs of LD experience. There gave been baby shifts in how labor and delivery is viewed. A good hospital will listen to the mothers wishes and work within those as long as the safety of mon and baby is not compromised. :) I've been in c sections where the baby is laid on the moms chest as soon as its born and natural deliveries where the mom didn't want the baby right away. One thing about birth is certain... It is messy unpredictable full of many emotions and yet the most precious miracle each and every time.

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  31. I'm a relatively new follower but I look forward to any and all news regarding Duchess Kate. I grew up a huge fan of Diana (Prince William was born a few months after me) and I have since become a huge fan of Kate. She is classy, elegant and completely relatable at the same time. It's very rare nowadays to find someone in the public who seems so genuinely themselves and not out for the celebrity - she is an inspiration and an icon in the making.

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  32. I just read an article that Camilla commented that the baby will be here by the end of the week. Hoping this baby waits until after July 17, Camilla's birthday.

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    1. Today is Camilla's birthday? I didn't know that. Here I have been wishing all day that the baby would hurry up and be born and let the would- be "aunties and grandmother's" of this baby around the world breathe again. I think we can wait for another day or two in this case then. Having the baby share Camilla's BD would be a little "much" to me. I'm in So. CA. It's not only in Great Britain that the faces of the population are turning bluer each day because of waiting. I'm finding I'm losing it, too. I'm actually waking up and turning on CNN several times just to make sure they aren't in front of St. Mary's in London. The U.S. has TV reporters and major news anchors (they call them presenters across the pond) in London now. I really wasn't paying this much attention until we got into the month of July. This really is crazy to be so much into this baby watch, but I find I'm caught up in it, too. I'm so happy to know that I'm far from the only one. We, here in the U.S. try to tell ourselves that it has nothing to do with our country and I know that babies are born everyday, but people here are a little bit "ga-ga" over this baby's birth, too. It's even worse than it was when William and Kate got married and all of the times before that. Just like when Princes William and Harry were born, people know that this is the future we are watching. Even worse that we don't know the sex of the baby. haha

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  33. In aussie everybody from magazine to the news network are going to gaga over royal baby .. my sister doctor plus my cousin is nurse there some mothers expected their due date they comes later than mothers expected .. if these the case of kate will have to wait and see if baby comes earlier or later we expected we dont have any idea when due date have to wait for baby cambridge to come up to world im calm but im checking our blog everytime that have time

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  34. What does this violet sign at the bottom of the site mean ?
    Does it show a number of people who are reading your site now?

    :)

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  35. Hi everyone!
    I'm thinking about ordering this Marcia Moody's book. But since I've already read Andrew Morton's book ("William and Catherine, their lives, their weddding"), do you, Charlotte, think that this new book brings new information?

    Well, all this waiting :) I have been so excited with the birth these past few weeks, that now I even have my mom asking me everyday: "Has Kate delivered yet?" ;)

    Hugs! See you soon (I hope!!)
    Z.

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    1. Hello Z,

      I haven't read Andrew Morton's yet but my sister noted the book had similarities to Kate Nicholl's book on the couple. I don't think there's anything very new in it but I definitely enjoyed reading it.

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  36. Charlotte uncle gary also giving a hint that duchess will give birth to a girl well its hard that my cousin will celebrate his birthday tomorrow well be 2 days will be off but i try my best to view this blog every minute the was muskoka BTW here article

    http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2013071613527/kate-middleton-uncle-suspects-royal-baby-will-be-girl/

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    1. I'm hoping it will be a girl. I just think it will be time for another Queen by that time. It seems that the great Queens of Britain have been memorable in many good ways (such as strength, length of reign, intelligence and stubbornness)and there have been more great Queens than there have been Kings in it's history. Just my personal observations and opinion. Others may not agree with me. With the way the world is going, it's going to take determination and toughness.

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  37. Hope the baby will be there soon! But also not mad, should it decide to wait a bit longer...it's my b-day on 24th. How great would that be???

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    1. Why? What's on the 24th that would make it great?
      That may be waiting a bit too late after the so-called due date to wait that long...whatever the due date is now.

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  38. Jean from Lancs.16 July 2013 at 18:04

    We really have no idea if the baby is overdue---after all Catherine did say it was due mid July--but she had been told babies had their own agenda.
    Poor little Prince or Princess has probably heard about all the reporters at the hospital(which seems to grow every day) and decided to stay safely with Mum for a little longer.
    Can you imagine being in labour and having to pass that lot?

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    1. Kate, Texas, USA16 July 2013 at 19:49

      Jean, I just can't imagine! Thankfully somehow Kate has seemed to slip past all the fury for her check-ups. There's obviously a way to slip in without everyone knowing. :-) Baby C, as all babies, has his/her own agenda. What we do know is eventually he/she will come. I would be going crazy not knowing the sex of my baby. I found out with all 4, but my sister's wanted a surprise with all of her pregnancies. SO very hard to wait patiently!!! Come on Baby C....but wait until after Camilla's birthday!!! :-)

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    2. @ Kate - Texas

      Re: your very last statement... OMG. Now you've given me one more thing to stress about. LOL. I had forgotten about that!

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    3. Kate and royalfan,
      I *so* agree with you re: Baby Cambridge holding off till at least the wee smas of Thursday! The little Prince or Princess needs their own birthday...

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  39. Robin Indiana USA
    Wonderful post Charlotte and discussion. Whatever the outcome if Kate has a natural birth, induced or c-section I just want baby Cambridge healthy and Mom and Dad truly blessed. Being induced is not fun your contractions are not natural and they hurt ten times more than a regular contractions. I had this with my first baby and still ended up having an emergency c-section. With my second he came 6 wks early also emergency c-section. I still bonded really well with both kids. Each baby is different that's for sure. Again hoping and praying for Kate on a safe delivery one she will cherish for the rest of her life.

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  40. Kate, Texas, USA16 July 2013 at 19:45

    Alas, checking the computer once again. **Sigh** I wonder if Will and Kate are laughing just a bit at all of us who are anxiously awaiting?!?! :-) I was just thinking that July 17 is Camilla's 66th birthday. Is it just me or does anyone else hope Baby Cambridge can hold off a couple more days and not arrive on Camilla's birthday?

    Charlotte, how are YOU doing? Any rest at all?

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    1. I think it's safe to say we're all probably more anxious than William and Kate :) Camilla said "by the of the week" so It can't be much longer....

      The due date must have been a little later than initially reported. A source at KP told royal photographer Arthur Edwards, word is Kate's due on July 23rd!

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    2. Definitely NOT just you. ;)

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    3. Sarah from Calif.16 July 2013 at 21:49

      Dearest Kate , I have tried to email you. but I know you are so busy with the children. I am sure you are having a blast this summer with them. I just wanted to be sure you know how much I appreciate your lovely gifts. They are displayed on the kitchen table for myself and the family. We are all amazed at your thoughtfulness and giving spirit. Let me know if your not recieving my mail.

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    4. All these conflicting stories. Hope you're ok Charlotte. This morning they were discussing baby Cambridge on the radio and I leapt out of bed shouting 'baby's here!' then I realised that nothing had actually happened. I wonder if the notice of birth will still be up for my London visit? I'll be there from the 14th-16th August.

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    5. No, Kate, you aren't the only one. It would be a little too much for me if Camilla shared the birthday of Diana's grandchild. Yes, I know she and Prince Charles are married, but there is still that little piece of me that wants that much for Diana. I know she is there watching over her children and will be there for her grandchildren, too. She probably held that baby before he or she was sent to them. I'd like to think so anyway. :-)

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    6. Nan, I couldn't agree more.

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  41. I don't see it as a bad sign. Start feeling sorry for people here.

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  42. To Pauline, I'm an OB(physician ). Used to be a nurse though before heading back to school

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    1. Pauline Oak HIlls17 July 2013 at 02:26

      Thank you for explaining things like you did.

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  43. I think I'm making a pretty safe bet here... If William and Kate have a boy, "Gary" will NOT be among the names they choose.

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  44. Robin Indiana USA
    Please baby Cambridge hold on and don't arrive on July 17. I like Camilla but you need your own birthday!

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  45. Well i dont think uncle gary will be inform by the middleton but i think he is not the one who realls knows the sex of their baby if or even william and kate will know or her mother carole and pippa mike and james or the queen i conquer

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  46. Laurie - New York17 July 2013 at 01:47

    Oh, poor Kate! I feel for her! Regarding the whole natural birth vs. inducing labor, vs. pain meds, etc...I believe that every woman is different and what works for one, doesn't necessarily work for another. Sure, babies do know how to come out on their own and have for many years. However, years ago I'm sure there were more babies and/or moms that didn't survive childbirth because of medical issues that are seen as preventable in today's world.

    For example...I was in labor for over 24 hours and never dialated beyond 1.5 cm. At the 24th hour, the baby's heart rate started to drop and the Dr. elected to do an emergency C-Section. I found out later that the reason why she wasn't able to progress down the birth canal (and why I never fully dialated) was that one of her arms was stuck up over her head, thereby blocking the way. Now...if this had happened 100 years ago, in the days before C-sections and the knowledge that we have now, it's a very real possibility that either myself or my baby wouldn't have survived the birth. So although yes, most babies would come out just fine on their own...sometimes they simply don't, and additional help is required. And I don't believe for one second that my "bond" with my daughter was compromised in any way because she was a C-section. After about 20 hours of excruciating labor, and shots of pain meds (which did nothing), I practically begged the maternity nurse to get the doctor to give me an epidural. Normally, they don't give it to you until your 4cm, but I wasn't even close after 20 hours, so he gave in, and honestly...I'm so glad he did. Within minutes, the pain was gone and I could get some rest. Four hours later, they wheeled me into the OR for the c-section and as completely exhausted as I was, I remember every detail. As soon as they lifted her out, she cried and I felt the most overwhelming feeling of love, and happiness and calm that I've ever felt. I can't imagine that I would have felt any differently if I had given birth "naturally" (without drugs), or vaginally. I also only breastfed for 6 weeks. I tried so hard to be "great at breastfeeding", but I wasn't, and trying and failing miserably did nothing for my mental state and all that tension ended up affecting the baby. So I switched to formula and told those who criticized me that it was none of their business. My children are all healthy, happy and well-adjusted.

    So the bottom line is that I think we should all be mindful of others choices. We may not agree or we may not choose to do what someone else has chosen, but that doesn't mean that our choice is any better or worse than anyone else's. It's just different. Besides...a healthy and happy baby and mom are what's most important...however it is that you get there :-)

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  47. The baby will NOT be names James if it's a boy. That is William's cousin's name and I highly doubt they'll copy it plus isn't it Kate's brother's name....

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