He’s here! He’s here! Prince Louis! Agh! I’m in love. I love following the royal family, and watching William and Kate’s family grow.
By now, you have probably seen the images of Kate Middleton leaving the hospital with her third baby, just about 8 hours postpartum. I happened to be working at my computer, and I caught the live video when George and Charlotte arrived at the hospital to meet their new baby brother. Can we all take a moment and appreciate Charlotte’s little wave at the cameras as they went by? How sweet is she?
Ok. Now. After that cuteness…The beauty that is Kate Middleton emerges from the hospital looking like she had just come off the set of a movie. And immediately my inner dialogue started to get the best of me.
“Wow, she looks better 8 hours postpartum than I look 14 months postpartum.”
“She looks amazing. What is wrong with me?”
“I wish I could look like that…I can’t even walk in heels without falling on my face!”
“Ok, I need to lose 20 pounds like, yesterday.”
Because I may not be alone in my unkind words towards myself, I want to share three things you need to know about Kate Middleton.
- She has a TEAM of people who make her look good. Don’t let yourself believe the lie that somehow you don’t measure up because you have compared yourself to Kate Middleton. If you had the same team of hairstylists and make up artists, the paparazzi would be following you around too. Promise.
- She has HELP. Let’s not let ourselves believe the lie that she is going to go home and run a household in those heals. Nope. She is going to put her feet up, and snuggle her littles just like you and me when we went home from the hospital….and then someone else will cook and clean and run errands and do all things for her. So it’s basically not the same at all.
- Do you REALLY want to be Kate? I mean, I don’t know about you, but I didn’t want to be seen by anyone really, hours after giving birth. I certainly wouldn’t have had it in me to get up, get photoshoot ready, get a blow out, put on heels, and march outside of the hospital to have my picture taken and say hello to the world. Nope. Not for me. I’ll keep my yoga pants and messy bun. Thank you.
In all seriousness, though, it’s so important for us not to allow ourselves to fall into the comparison trap, especially when it comes to celebrities like Kate Middleton. Her story is not your story. You’ve heard it said that comparison is the thief of joy. Be thankful for the life you have. Don’t get so wrapped up in someone else’s story that you forget how amazing your own is. You are beautiful, mama, just the way you are.