Vanity Fair: Prince George was ‘permanently hungry’ while Kate breastfed

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Out of all the photos of Prince George we got from Prince William and Duchess Kate’s royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, this photo seems like a weird choice for the August cover of Vanity Fair. Not that it’s a bad picture – it’s just awkward. I guess VF wanted a photo where William was interacting with George, but at this same event (the zoo photos), William was actually holding and bouncing George. One of those photos might have made a better photo. Anyway, VF is celebrating George’s first birthday by getting Katie Nichol to break a bunch of royal stories/gossip. Nichol’s sources claim that Will and Kate are going to try to get pregnant again this summer, that George didn’t sleep through the night until Kate put him on solids and there’s even something about Kate’s “photo scandal.” Except that Nichol is very pro-Middleton, so it’s not the photo scandal you think it is.

On George’s colicky beginnings: Kate expressed relief that George behaved well during his first few public appearances. Nicholl reports that for the first few months the prince cried loudly and frequently, and he was not sleeping through the night. Nanny Jessie Webb tried hard to get him into a routine, but the baby prince, who was still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry. Nicholl reveals that it was only in the new year, when Kate introduced solids, that George finally slept through the night.

On finding their new nanny: Kate made inquiries about recruiting a full-time nanny after Nanny Jessie explained that she was not up to traveling to New Zealand and Australia with George, Nicholl reports. The couple was reluctant to use an agency, and Spanish-born Maria Teresa Turrion Borallo was recommended by a friend. Her credentials include experience in self-defense, high-speed driving, and dealing with paparazzi. She spent a week bonding with George at Kate’s family home in March under the watchful eyes of the Middleton grandparents, while Will and Kate jetted off to the Maldives for a second honeymoon.

On Kate’s photo scandal: Nicholl reports that there was a huge demand for pictures of the baby prince last fall, as George had not been since he left the hospital, aside from the official christening pictures. In December, when Kate was pictured taking George for a stroll in his navy-blue, top-of-the-line Silver Cross Pram, Nicholl reports that the Kensington Palace Press Office implored the British media not to publish the images, claiming this was private time. The images of Kate strolling through the park, dressed down in a baseball cap and sneakers pushing the pram, were published overseas. After that episode, Kate decided to walk George on the grounds of Kensington Palace, where they could not be photographed.

On redecorating Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace: Kate oversaw the redesign of the house, which used to belong to Princess Margaret, who had painted the walls turquoise. Kate opted for a neutral palette instead, making it feel spacious and breezy, Nicholl reports, and, instead of the traditional antique furniture found in royal nurseries, chose a white Beatrix Potter–themed crib and changing table, reportedly purchased from Dragons of Walton Street, in London. Interior designer Emilia Jardine-Paterson, a godmother to Prince George who is believed to have introduced Kate to William when they were 17 years old, assisted with the redesign.

On the visit to New Zealand and Australia: William privately admitted to being nervous about the long-haul flight, tropical climate, and intense media interest, but there was no suggestion of leaving George behind. The Queen gave the Cambridges her blessing for them to fly together, even though this was a breach of protocol because direct heirs do not usually travel together. Upon his arrival, a senior aide who was on the trip tells Nicholl, “George didn’t really suffer from jet lag—he settled down very quickly.” Nicholl also reports that George learned to “cruise” during the trip—shuffling along while holding onto furniture—and was close to walking.

On Prince George’s upbringing: Nicholl reports that William and Kate want George to enjoy a normal upbringing. They take George to playdates at the homes of friends, among them Kate’s old Marlborough friend Alice St. John Webster, who has a baby several months older than George. As for speculation about when Prince George will have a sibling, Nicholl reports that there are rumors among the couple’s friends that they plan to try this summer.

[From Vanity Fair]

I like how some of these issues are framed. Like, it’s completely normal to leave your baby in the care of a newly-hired nanny to simply jet off on a “second honeymoon.” Especially when that second honeymoon directly follows one’s husband vacationing with his ex-girlfriend. As for George being permanently hungry while being breastfed – poor George! But he’s such a big baby, I guess he just needed MOAR FOOD. *snaps fingers* Someone bring him a roasted bilby!! And I guess we’re not going to hear anything about Kate’s constant bum and biscuit flashing. Just as well. I think Will & Kate are trying a new strategy with that stuff and it’s working out better than when William would threaten to have everybody fired.

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  1. Stephbpt says:

    I’m sorry but that baby is so delicious I almost get temporary biscuit flashing amnesia.

  2. Abbott says:

    MOAR Baby! No one will ask about royal duties and biscuits. Seems like a good strategy to me. If they were smarter, they’d send Harry and George off for a photo op with that goat everybody loved.

  3. jmho says:

    I think it is a great picture…they all look happy and natural.

  4. mimif says:

    Most Eligible Infant? I’m sure they’re trying to be cheeky, but way to commodify a child VF. Yuck.

  5. feebee says:

    Yeah Wellington turned on the tropical weather for you Wills!

    A lot of bigger babies need solids earlier so no big scandal. Personally the breast feeding thing was a minor point of concern in terms of never knowing how much baby was getting.

    All this has a very ‘polished and tied with a bow’ sound to it. Maybe VF have a long term strategy. There’s not a lot new here that’s not general speculation after ‘sourced’ tidbits.

    • LadySlippers says:

      •feebee•

      That’s actually a myth that bigger babies need anything sooner. Physically, all babies are capable of digesting simple solids between 6-9 months. Anything fed earlier is usually not digested properly because the baby simply doesn’t have the maturity to do so.

      We’ve ‘changed’ and adopted earlier standards out of convenience — sleepless nights and crying babies are very uncomfortable.

      • FLORC says:

        +1 LadySlippers.
        You’re so correct here.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Florc•

        Isn’t it sad though? 😪

      • Irishserra says:

        In fact, my son was rather small as a baby and even though his growth was consistent, he was still on the small side; reminded me a bit of a bird. I breastfed him a lot but he was just never satisfied. He cried a lot and always seemed discontent. At 5 months we started transitioning to more solid food at the recommendation of our pediatrician and it made a world of difference!! He was finally full and happy and here I hadn’t even realized that he was just hungry. I just thought he was a generally fussy one!

      • S says:

        I’m a breast surgeon and breastfeeding specialist – I agree with Ladyslippers. Bigger babies do not need solids earlier, colic naturally tends to resolve around the time that many babies are starting solid foods so the correlation between them is usually coincidental, and (anticipating some other criticisms) thin and/or small breasted women can produce more than adequate amounts/quality of milk in most circumstances. Attempting to put babies on an artificial feeding schedule can affect things, but not sleeping through the night is not an indicator of inadequate feeding – it is a normal normal thing for infants to do.

      • FLORC says:

        LadySlippers
        It is. Very sad this has become the norm for our society.
        My issue is this. Kate is not in a position where she needs her 8 hours and needs George to rest. She has more than enough specialized help.
        Fantastic for her if she wanted to do the bulk of mothering. No shame there. However, if she was willing to alter his diet out of her schedule and not his that’s not right.

        Although, This is Nichols giving us this info, so let me grab my handful of salt. This is a bit of truth with a heavy spin. The only truth here might simply be Kate is Georges mother and George is now on solids.
        She was spitting venom at Kate and the Midds years back, but now she’s the biographer and it’s all sugar pops and rainbows in regards to Kate articles.

        S.
        Welcome! And great comment.

      • magpie says:

        So agree. Most babies just don’t sleep through the night and it’s nobody’s fault. Stuffing their faces with food that they are not ready for is not the solution. It seems like such a milestone (sleeping through the night), that we fault the mothers and that’s so wrong. When I just stopped stressing about it, things got easier.

      • Megan says:

        FLORC – the article clearly states Kate put George on solids ” in the new year” which means he was at least six months old, which is an appropriate time to start solids.

        It had nothing to do with her schedule. Your suggestion is a cheap shot.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Megan•

        I was kinda guessing that Kate tried to breastfeed for at least 6 months but don’t know if she continued beyond that. My guess is it would depend on if she liked it! Not all mothers do. Once I got the hang of it — I loved it and nursed my son until 17 months and my daughter until she was 2.5 years old (she adored nursing while he was a fairly nonchalant by the age he quit! Lol).

        And good catch with the phrase ‘in the new year’. I missed it myself! 😊

        •magpie•

        The solution to most things is to stop stressing about it! Lol. But much easier said than done.

        •S•

        Thanks!

        It’s sad how much misinformation is out there about nursing — even within the medical community. And shaming women never helps matters either. Support and educate all mothers no matter what decision is ultimately best for them.

        •Florc•

        Katie Nicholl here I think is pretty believable. She obviously has a somewhat decent source but it’s not fantabulous as the info is still fairly generic.

        And it is sad. As I said with •S• there’s a lot if misinformation, even within the medical community (which is crazy if you stop and reflect). A little support and education would do wonders for people.

      • FLORC says:

        Megan
        Sorry i’m just getting to this now.
        Bottom line here which i’m repeating here. Katie Nichols is not credible. Full Stop. Using a direct quote from the article proves it was only written and in print.
        So, yea.
        And it’s nice you only point me out since i’m not the only one saying this or agreeing with it. I feel special. Maybe you’ll follow me on twitter?

  6. AM says:

    My aunt warned my mom when I was born that the baby would cry because baby was HUNGRY. I was always surprised to hear that George was a bad sleeper because I figured Nanny Webb wouldn’t stand for that and would have him on a schedule. I totally buy this explanation.

    • LAK says:

      Of the two WH nannies, Jessie Webb and Olga Powell, Olga was always said to be the enforcer who had to be obeyed at all times whilst Jessie indulged them and was unable to control WH.

      I’m not at all surprised to hear that JW wasn’t able to control him considering how much of a personality PGtips seems to have, seemingly from day 1 – a case of history repeating itself.

      However, IF [big IF as this is Katie Nichols reporting] this story about his hunger cries is true, I am surprised that she wasn’t able to advise that they start the solids earlier as a test especially given his size and energy levels. Breast milk [or the recommended amount of formula] for a baby isn’t always enough for some babies and you have to start introducing extra food [or solids] much earlier than is recommended.

      Also, i’m really surprised no one figured out why he was crying for so long. Poor PGtips, going hungry all those months. i blame all his carers and i seriously side-eye nannies who can’t figure this stuff out and advise the parents accordingly.

      • Dena says:

        Perhaps if one of the multiple kitchens had already been in place he would not have had to solely rely on breast milk for so long. He would have already been on solids. Poor Wee Hungry George.😔

      • Bridget says:

        Also, babies don’t typically sleep through the night until around a year old, specifically because they need to eat multiple times a night. Yes, there always exceptions (lucky families!) but it is definitely not the norm.

      • AM says:

        Not to malign Kate, but she may have been nervous as a first time mother (to a future king, no less). She may have been hesitant to take advice on solids for George. It also doesn’t seem as though she has many friends to chat with about this kind of thing.

        Dena,
        The kitchens! Now we know.

      • Audrey says:

        Even if a mom is having supply issues, introducing solids early isn’t the best solution

        Breastfeeding is hard. Babies cluster feed to up supplies and do it when they hit growth spurts and mom needs to make more. It’s completely normal.

        If a mom wants to give anything other than breast milk, it should be formula until the baby is 6 months old. They just aren’t able to process anything else until then. The food is empty filler food with no nutritional value.

        I’m not trying to be judgy, I’m just currently breastfeeding my 15 month old so I’m full of info about this crap.

        Solids don’t always mean sleeping through the night though. My daughter still doesn’t. Some kids just take longer to do it. She started solids at 7 months and I thought she’d sleep better but nope :(

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Babies sleeping through the night isn’t exclusively about nutrition or sustenance. Some anthropologists have even opined that is a primal instinct designed to not only alert for food but to force parents to frequently check on the baby for signs of life. Who knows but introducing solids too soon can result in gastric distress that will certainly keep a baby up crying all night.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Breastmilk is strictly supply and demand. The more baby drinks, the more Mommy makes. Breastmilk also changes as baby does. Provided Mommy has proper nutrition, baby will have what he/she needs.

        DISCLAIMER: This is what I know to be true from personal experience, pediatricians, and research. I know some women are unable to adequately produce or choose not to breastfeed. NO SHADE FROM ME.

      • ScrewStewrat99 says:

        Maybe it wasn’t always hunger cries and maybe he had colic? I’d like to think he wasn’t hungry all of the time :( My daughter had it the first 6 months. She would scream and cry around 11pm every night. Nothing could soothe her or make her stop. It was horrible. She didn’t sleep through the night either and she did a little better after having solids, but it wasn’t until about 3 weeks ago at 10 months that she has started to sleep through the night. Thank you sleep training!

      • LAK says:

        Full Disclosure: My cousin runs a creche for more than 30yrs. Looks after babies that are a few weeks -> 3yrs old. We’ve been forced (in a loving way) to spend time there since I was a teen (as are the younger relatives as well). What she doesn’t know or hasn’t taught us about babies isn’t worth knowing in my opinion. We’ve seen babies of every stripe, presenting every single problem and joy imaginable over the decades.

        It’s hell not knowing what to do with your baby, but as @Justme discovered, the baby tells you what they need. They cry for specific reasons. Too many times, people who’ve read one too many baby books, don’t think about the natural instinct of the baby and learn to differentiate the cries so they know what baby needs and or they focus too much on what the baby book tells them to detriment of baby and parent and make the entire situation stressful for both.

        At the end of the day, there is no tried and tested method that fits all babies. Paying attention (without being a helicopter parent) is much more important, and experiment away to see what fits your baby. Babies are so much more resilient than you think so relax.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        LAK
        Well said. Is a cresh a baby daycare?

      • FLORC says:

        Yup, Yup, Yup!!!
        Great baby thread so far!

      • AM says:

        Excellent comment, LAK. Every baby, and every family, is different.

      • jmho says:

        Holy crap, if my kid hadn’t slept thru the nite until she was 1, I would have gone off the deep end! Mine slept until about 4 am (from 8pm) starting at about 16 weeks. Then thru the nite (7 to 6) at maybe 6 months.

    • justme says:

      The first few months of my daughter’s life she fed nonstop. I was breastfeeding and had really nobody to check with to see if this was normal. She would feed, go to sleep for a couple of hours (maybe), wake up and start screaming to feed again. I decided to stick with it since she was growing so fast and was incredibly healthy. But going anywhere was simply out. If she was awake she wanted the breast! When she was finally able to get some solids in her (at 6 months) things eased up a lot!
      However sleeping through the night did not happen until we let her cry it out for a night when she was 8 months old. One night of crying – and then happy sleep for the rest of her life.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •just me•

        Sounds totally normal.

        Both my kids were preemies which meant that I needed to feed them more often than normal (cool thing is breast milk will automatically adjust for preemies making it denser and more nutritious because they have smaller tummies). Especially my son as he was earlier than my daughter but cluster feeding during growth spurts were tough.

        I was able to get out (their father was deployed and we were brand new to Virginia so I had very few friends to help) otherwise — we would have starved! Lol

        I’m not sure why trained nannies would think the first 6 months is anything but intense. New moms may not know but child care professionals should….

      • justme says:

        I really think the intensity of the first few months gets forgotten after the baby gets more mobile and is able to go for longer periods without feeding. The only people I could ask about feeding babies all bottle fed and were not much help answering my questions about whether this was normal or whether I had given birth to some incredible eating machine. I finally realized that the purpose of little babies is to grow as fast as they can – they are eating machines (well sort of!) They are doubling and tripling their weight after all. Once I realized that I relaxed and just let the kid eat.

        I figured that she wouldn’t still be breastfeeding when she went to college! :)

      • LadySlippers says:

        •just me•

        I had a preemie so once I relaxed and understood that he’ll march to the beat of his own drummer, I could start to enjoy him some. But the intensity is easily forgotten or ‘brushed aside’ by the media.

        As for nursing moms, La Leche League can be awesome (some moms had unfortunate experiences with them which is very sad) and the book, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, both saved my a$$ more than once and are good resources for nursing moms.

        And ‘eating machines’ — I like it! 😃 It’s true too. Lol

  7. original kay says:

    “Kate introduced solids”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  8. Faye says:

    Hasn’t it been said that Katie Nichol is on the Middleton’s payroll (or at least getting info directly from them)? I remember when VF used to have delicious gossip, even if it wasn’t flattering to celebs – now we have articles like this, which are basically no different than the Daily Fail pap.

    Also, if I hear the “We want a normal life” line one more time . . .let’s just say if this was a drinking game I’d be many sheets to the wind already. You don’t live a normal life, K-Wills. You and your child are living in the lap of luxury heavily subsidized by the British people. I’m not saying I’m anti-monarchy, but that is not *normal.* It’s an incredible privilege and you should be doing more for your country to deserve it.

    • Cha(r)meleon says:

      If Nichols has suddenly become the biographer as somebody suggested here then I suppose she will tell white-washed versions only from now on.

      As for nutrition: a mother needs to eat (healthy) and she needs to eat a bit more than usual.
      somehow when I look at Kate the word “food” doesn’t pop up.

  9. Sixer says:

    I actually sympathise with the feeding thing. Sixlet Minor was permanently hungry and breastmilk isn’t “heavy”. I fed him so much volume that he got colicky and miserable and didn’t sleep well. The second I switched to mixed feeding with the hungry baby formula and breastmilk alternating, all was well. It was infuriating because the health visitors at check ups did nothing but moan – “If you can breastfeed, you should. Have this leaflet.” “Yes, I know this. And I am still partially breastfeeding and my baby is now actually happy. And you’ve already given me 50,000 leaflets.” I just mixfed from the get-go with Sixlet Minor, who, if anything, was an even greedier gutbucket.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      My son was also colicky and constantly nursing when he was a wee one. I never tried formula because I thought it would just make his belly hurt even more, and we had some breastfeeding issues so I was terrified about affecting my supply by supplementing. It was a stressful time for me.

      In my experience, “introducing solids” did not help my kids sleep through the night. They just did so when they were ready, both past 12 months.

      • Bridget says:

        Babies do *not* typically sleep through the night, not even royal babies. They wake up because they need to – whether they’re still hungry, or their little brains are working overtime while they learn new stuff. 12 months is the normal age to expect your kid to start sleeping through the night, anything else is just gravy (and yes, of course there are exceptions).

      • PennyLane says:

        Friends of mine from grad school had a baby and she was the best sleeper ever – would go right to sleep at 7pm and sleep through the night to 6am. Parents thought it was great! They loved it that they had a baby but still had a life…until the well baby checkup at 3 months.

        Turns out the little one had been losing weight because she was sleeping too long. The parents were instructed to wake the baby up in the middle of the night to feed her, which solved the problem. So sleeping through the night too soon can be an issue as well for babies.

      • magpie says:

        Agree with both of you Bridget / PennyLane. We put so much stock into “sleeping through the night” like that’s a sign that they’re doing well when it’s really not the norm.

    • LadySlippers says:

      •Sixer• •Stef Leppard• •Bridget•

      You know what sucks? Everyone wants you to breastfeed, which is understandable, but medical personnel HAVE NO CLUE how to assist women that have breast feeding issues. Case in point, you •Sixer•, other than moaning, did they give you any helpful advise? Because they are ways to make breast feedings ‘heavier’ as you put it without resorting to formula.

      Not that an occasional bottle will kill anyone (or even a full time bottle) but if you want mothers and babies to be good breast feeding teams, you need to be able to assist both to accomplish said goal.

      As for sleeping through the night and solids, per our usual (most people not all), think earlier is better forgetting (or don’t honestly know) that babies aren’t wired that way. It’s not a race but a lot of people make both activities into one.

      • Sixer says:

        Nope! I ended up calling them the health visitor robots. They’ve got a public health script and they stick to it – regardless of the sense of the mother or the situation. I had a similar thing with constipation at one point. At that time, the standard advice was a teaspoon of orange juice in boiled water. But the Sixlet wouldn’t go anywhere near it, so in practice, however healthy, a useless option. He was still constipated.

        In the end, my mother-in-law said that she always put a tip of brown sugar into boiled water. In desperation, I tried it. Worked a treat and no more constipation. My health visitor was apopleptic at the thought of giving a baby sugar – but was entirely unable to provide an alternative to the orange juice that was refused.

        I gave up trying to explain that I understood giving babies sugar wasn’t something you’d do in the normal run of things and that I wasn’t going to do it again unless I had no other choice. I gave up even mentioning anything I did that didn’t fit in with the current regime of advice. Pointless exercise. I just got the information and made my own decisions.

        BTW – these temporary issues aside, the Sixlets were both great sleepers.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Sixer•

        I’m seriously ROTFLMAO. Why? Because what is OJ? Essentially just sugar water! In fact, all juice is (MasterSlippers couldn’t handle even super watered down juice as a baby — too much sugar)… My god that’s funny.

        Scripted robots? Wow, how helpful! I had issues with engorgement and feeding a preemie and the docs kept telling me to pump prior to feeding my son. Except, the pumping was causing my engorgement. I was big enough to rival Dolly Parton herself! And only had a little 4lb/5lb baby to feed. Luckily, there was a nurse who had lots of knowledge about lactation issues. She was an absolute god send and shortly thereafter, my son and I became a good breast feeding team. And I let Dolly keep her enormous girls, I found them super uncomfortable! Lol

      • Sixer says:

        I’m afraid I speak only the truth!

        So, if you are new mother in the UK, you don’t go to your doctor for early months/years check ups: you have health visitors and nurses. They start by coming to your house so you don’t have to bother to go out in the first days and then after that, you go off to a local clinic or meeting hall for regular checks and weighings and percentile charts and all that old jazz. All free on the NHS.

        It’s a great service, really, just inflexible. I get it that you can’t say “oh, just try some sugar water” to everyone or you’ll have a load of babies addicted to sugar before they’re a year old and with disastrous milk teeth. It just seemed to me that there was no common sense applied. Same rote advice given to everyone. And I truly hate being patronised!

        The Sixlets got water or milk once they were eating properly. I prefer to have fruit itself in the house than juice. And to this day, they both drink water in preference to anything else. Sixlet Minor says soda tastes like chemicals. (I wish they’d say the same about KFC, but unfortunately, that’s the crapola of choice for lunch when we’re out shopping. I hate that stuff).

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @ladyslippers
        I ended up going to a special breastfeeding doc who saved us. I didn’t want to give up breastfeeding but it seemed like I would have to and no one could help us, but she finally did.

      • Gretchen says:

        I also combination breast and formula feed and have since the wee one was born. I was so messed up on the anaesthetics following an emergency c-section her first two feeds were formula, I was shaking so badly from the drugs I couldn’t even hold her. The whole experience stressed me out so much my milk didn’t come in, and during my 4 day hospital stay the staff never tired of telling me how bad it was I wasn’t breastfeeding her. I would have to try and breastfeed her for 45 minutes before the hospital nursery folks would give me formula, and once they did they again laid the guilt on thick, telling me how bad it was I was giving her formula and ‘breast is best’ etc, as if I had a choice. One of the nursery staff ‘assisted’ by squeezing my nipple for a couple of minutes, still dry as a bone, but it certainly added to the awkwardness of the situation.

        Urgh anyway, the negative effect of stress on breast milk production was proved unequivocally to me: the afternoon I got home and was relaxing in bed with the little one, finally free from all the circling hospital staff making me feel like crap, my milk came in…like a waterfall (tmi?). Unfortunately she still wasn’t putting on enough weight so I went back to giving her some formula. I didn’t tell the doctor, I’d had it with the useless ‘advice’, so his ignorance was my bliss. Luckily she didn’t suffer from nipple confusion and has happily switched between the two ever since, and will make her preference at any given feed known.

  10. Elise says:

    Why do they insist on saying he is colicky because he cried a lot and didn’t sleep through the night? Most infants cry a lot and don’t sleep through the night until they reach the 6 month mark.
    It seems like they took a very morning sick Kate and insisted it was HG and now a normal albeit crankier than most baby and call it colicky.

    • Stef Leppard says:

      I don’t know, I think he was colicky. The way they described him as always screaming, “roaring like a lion,” and then at his christening Kate said he wasn’t always like this, meaning in a good mood. It reminded me of the things I said/felt when my son had colic.

      • FLORC says:

        Stef
        George knows when to turn it on and off. He’s always well behaved in public. Or atleast smiling, looking around, and not crying.

      • Audrey says:

        My daughter and George have a lot in common

        She was absolutely miserable for the first year. She was only content while outside and able to explore. Otherwise she was so frustrated and bored. People smiled at her and she scowled back

        She’s better now that she’s walking and talking and able to get into everything. Some babies are just not happy about being babies

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @florc
        Yes, that’s so funny! My son was the same way. He liked crowds and excitement. What a brat.

      • FLORC says:

        Stef
        As far as George roaring like a lion he was jet setting fairly early and often in his life. I’m sure that played a huge role in his crying.

        Lol at your son! How old was he when he did this? A little charmer for the others saving up all his screams for mummy:D

      • Stef Leppard says:

        @florc
        He got over his colic at the usual 3-4 month mark. And he’s still a little social butterfly. He would fuss and grump and then if I took him to a restaurant or something… out like a light. I finally started using a noise machine that sounded like a crowded restaurant.

      • FLORC says:

        steph
        Ha!
        I was the same. My mother would vacuum and hold me. I’d be out like a light.
        Still, to this day vibrations mixed with white noise knocks me out. No matter what i’m doing I become horribly tired and can’t avoid falling asleep.

  11. Jules says:

    What happened to Vanity Fair?

  12. Talie says:

    For a puff piece, this makes them look unbelievably shallow.

    Although, it does make me laugh that the Middleton grandparents, i.e. Carole, probably call so many shots regarding the upbringing of that baby. Carole may sit a few rows back at Wimbledon, but she runs the show.

  13. Kelly says:

    Yeah, he looks under-nourished. Ha. Babies have this incredibly self-involved way of doing things on their own schedule. Too many moms start solids too early thinking it will make them sleep through the night.

  14. Andrea says:

    Seriously, did she even lactate? There are no boos there. She’s totally flat. I know lactation consultants say breast size doesn’t matter, but I call BS on that. Everyone I know who breastfeed successfully had big solid breasts for milk production . . . gross I know but true.

  15. Beatrice says:

    Unlike baby Nori, George doesn’t have the “who are these people” look when he’s around his parents. Nice!

  16. eribra says:

    I’ve had 2 of these hungry beasties and I sympathize! The second they get some real food they turn into angels.

  17. Xantha says:

    Wow, someone pass me the sick bag, that piece was nauseating. Vanity Fair has totally lost its edge. Katie Nicholl believe it or not, was not this brown nosing. See “Wills and the Real Girl.”

    http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2010/12/william-and-kate-201012

    But enough people will lap it up because OMGBABY!!!!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Spin spin spin spin spin to make the peasants forget about the vacations, lack of work, fluff tour, 5 kitchens, $6.5 million in renovations, threats against press freedom, William refusing to do royal work and running off to play helicopter pilot again, etc..

      Charles’s PR finally at work?

  18. Shelby says:

    “Especially when that second honeymoon directly follows one’s husband vacationing with his ex-girlfriend.”
    Can someone please fill me in on what this refers to?

    • LadySlippers says:

      William had gone to Spain for his and Harry kinda annual January hunting trip. It’s usually only the boys (hence no Kate) but this year Jecca went with. No one has any idea why but there’s a lot of speculation…

      • AM says:

        Kate had gone at least one year while they were dating. Not to draw any parallels.

      • Shelby says:

        Ahh, I see. Thank you Ms.LadySlippers :-)

      • LadySlippers says:

        •AM•

        Really? Do you have a link? I’ve always read that the Spain hunting trip was aspecifically so William and Harry could get away — just the two of them (plus a few key male friends). It came about because as adults, they were often too busy to do ‘together’ stuff anymore. I’ve never read that any female ever went which is why Jecca’s attendance was so noteworthy.

        •Shelby•

        You are ever so welcome. 😊 Makes a lot more sense now, huh? Lol

      • AM says:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087323/Princes-William-Harry-fly-Spain-secret-weekend-hunting-trip.html

        It is understood that William took his then girlfriend, Kate Middleton, to the estate a couple of years ago when they took part in a wild boar and deer hunt involving hundreds of local beaters

        http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2007/12/07/the-princes-secret-spanish-playground/

        Under the guise of hunting – the estate is literally teeming with wildlife including wild boar, stag and partridge – the young princes have whisked girlfriends, including Kate Middleton, to the estate that the Duke bought on an initial ten-year lease for a reported £2million five years ago.

      • LadySlippers says:

        •AM•

        I’ve read the various DM pieces and some honestly stated that it was always a boys only thing. The fact one mentioned Kate going never stuck out (but typical DM to have contradictory articles lol).

        However the Spanish article was fantastic! Thanks for that!!!! Wow did that have a bunch of gems tucked inside.

      • AM says:

        I actually didn’t read the full Spanish article until seeing your comment. That really was juicy!

        To be fair, LS, it does seem like sometimes they go for a boys’ trip and sometimes they like to bring along ‘entertainment’. I do remember when the first reports of that recent hunting trip came out, they named the men and just said they were accompanied by a woman. I remember having a hunch the girl was for William. And sure enough, when the pictures came out, it was Jecca.

        Has Kate been out shooting since the wedding?

      • FLORC says:

        AM
        Through a quick search I didn’t find much. Although, all the non fluff articles on Kate are at least past the 4th google search page.
        Since PETA called her out for engaging in needless bloodsport she hasn’t since been seen firing a gun. Instead she spectates from rooms to watch or cars that follow.
        That’s not to guarantee she hasn’t. Who can say what happens on all those vacations we find out about after they return.

        Pippa however has been seen enjoying herself. I think Kate truly does enjoy blood sports, but knows the bad press will not go well for her.

      • AM says:

        Thanks, FLORC. I was curious if it was another thing she ‘liked’ up until the wedding, but negative press is certainly a factor. Not that she and William shouldn’t have separate interests, it just seems like she made every effort to make those interests align when they were dating.

        I’m also reminded of Camilla asking Diana if she planned to hunt.

      • FLORC says:

        AM
        I’m all for finding common ground with your SO. It keeps a relationship strong. Just don’t like and engage in those interests because your SO likes them and you will do whatever he likes regardless of your own interests.
        My husband is not a gossip fan, but I posed im this question. Short version was what would you have done if I molded my life to your interests. Liked doing what you liked to do? He said it would get his attention and he could share his interests with me, but would I allow him to share in my interests? Would there be any mystery or would I be following him around doing things he already liked doing?

        Smart man FMORC:)

  19. Sarah says:

    Stop the presses! A BABY WAS SOMETIMES CRANKY AND DIDN’T SLEEP WELL!

    My little muffin is the same age at Georgie-Pie and I’ve got hundreds of quirky and more interesting anecdotes about her than how she sleeps and eats. I’m not sure if this is just horrendous journalism or an incredibly boring family or perhaps just both.

  20. PS says:

    I’m afraid this is just another story of a misinformed new mother :-/
    Breastfeeding can be hard, and takes time. I bet Prince George had frequent growth spurts, hence “always hungry”. Catherine’s milk surely was fine…
    anyway *sigh*

  21. Hissyfit says:

    Wow! I wonder what their Nannies resume and credentials look like!

    Prince George is cute as a button!

  22. The Original Mia says:

    Baby hungry. Baby cries. Ridiculous puff piece.

  23. Penelope says:

    OMG the prince in that little red sweater….I just want to kiss his chubby face.

  24. MinnFinn says:

    “Kate expressed relief that George behaved well during his first few public appearances.” I’ve also seen video of Kate commenting during a walkabout that she hoped George was a “good boy” for her whomever was minding him while she and Will ‘worked’.

    I hope someone instructs Kate about her mindset of “good boy” and the notion of “well behaved”. No one should ever tell Georgie Porgy or any child they are “good” or for that matter “bad”. Babies are not “well behaved” or a “good boy” as they have no ability to control their impulses.

    • nena says:

      good point!! the term “good behaviour” is not really appropriate for a baby, for goodness sake!! I use it for my 5 and 8 year old kids now, but certainly not when they were babies. she needs to get a clue.

    • FLORC says:

      MinnFinn
      While I usually agree with your comments this I just can’t.
      In theory your comment is correct, but when I see my cousins baby I praise her endlessly! She is 1 happy baby!
      And since they have no concept of what being well behaved is they won’t let all the praising go to their heads. Beause they’re babies.
      They will enjoy the happy tone in my voice. And I am happy enough to gush to others about how cute she is.

      This is pretty average and nothing (imo) to criticize.

      • kaye says:

        FLORC – there is nothing wrong, out of the ordinary or unacceptable about calling a baby “happy”. I question the wisdom of calling a baby “well-behaved”. Temperament and behaviour are two entirely different things. Babies are too young to understand what is expected of them in terms of behaviour.

      • MinnFinn says:

        FLORC – I agree with you about gushing to an infant including saying affectionate words like ‘you’re such a good baby’.

        But as the baby develops language in their first year, he/she begins to understand the meaning of words like ‘good girl’ or ‘bad girl’ which are damaging judgments of a whole person. And I stand by my opinion that I think Kate’s statements indicate that she does not understand the finer points of positive reinforcement i.e. person praise versus process praise.

        I hope her statements about George “behaving” were just careless words. But I doubt it.

        Here’s an article with a lot of detail on giving kids praise and feedback.

        http://www.hanen.org/Helpful-Info/Articles/Good-job!-Is-Praising-Young-Children-a-Good-idea.aspx

      • FLORC says:

        Kaye
        I think you completely missed what I was saying. MinnFinn seems to have got it.

        MinnFinn
        Kate often says careless things so I think it’s fair to assume she isn’t aware of the effects it could have on George. Although, George is highly stimulated here. I doubt he’s all that aware on a conscious level of the words.
        As far as positive reinforcement… yea. This kid could easily turn out like William. I very much doubt he’ll grow up knowing humility. Not much will change that.

        From personal experience I was raised this way. I was praised for being cute from being very young (around 2) and I remember it being a landmark point in time for me. I still turned out fine. Know the value of money and time. Educated, employed and respect I give others as well as myself.

        I like what the article has to say, but it really comes down to basics of good parenting and both positive and negative consequences for actions.
        I’m just not going to fault Kate for her choice of words here, but I do get what you’re saying. Just a difference of opinion on the specifics, but not overall.

      • nena says:

        FLORC,
        I must be thick because after re-reading this comment chain a couple of times – LOL! – you and MinnFinn seem to be saying two different things with regard to praising a baby for their behaviour. All in all, though, I think we are all on the same page re: Kate being careless with her words ;)

  25. ickythump says:

    I was a nursing mother many many years ago and mix fed both my girls without letting th health visitors know cos I kept getting a row…sounds like nothing has changed – mums need to trust their instincts and do what they feel is right for their babies.

  26. CC says:

    I’m sorry but if he wasn’t a prince, no one would call this child cute other than the parents or to the parents’ faces.He’s actually rather …..unremarkable, to put it mildly, or on the ugly side, to be more precise. He’s also too chubby.

  27. Swordspoint says:

    We started our daughter (now 5) on solids at six months, but with our second child our pediatrician recommended introducing solids as early as 4-5 months — not because he wasn’t sleeping through the night (he did from 3&1/2 months on) or because she was worried about his growth (he’s perfectly average), but because she said getting earlier exposure to a variety of foods may cut down on the incidence of food allergies. (He’s 9 months now & still gets breastfeeding at least 2-3 times a day; the solids are to supplement the breast milk, not replace it.)

    • Nikki says:

      Wow, no joke, back 30 years ago, I was told a dark ale a day was GOOD for nursing mothers’ milk production. I was nursing twins, so I faithfully drank a dark beer every day, even though I’m not that fond of beer. It was pretty relaxing, and my milk was enough for twins, but now they say alcohol goes straight to a nursing baby. Thank God no harm was done, but I don’t know if I was just lucky, or if the old advice had merit? ?!

      • LadySlippers says:

        •Nikki•

        The advise honestly has merit. Certain beers, like the really dark ales, are chocked FULL of amino acids and vitamins. I’m not joking either. Plus, beer (and alcohol) relaxes a mother which does *wonders* for milk production. And a little alcohol doesn’t hurt a baby (key is a little!).

  28. Bohemia says:

    Definitely a new strategy, and definitely working better!

  29. wow says:

    I’m just not in awe of George in the way the world seems to go on about him. He’s a cute kid, yes, but he has that look about him as if he is already thinking of just how many nannies he can torture or have his parents fire…just because.

    This is a nice picture of them though.