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And ... she's off! After retreating to her parents' home in Bucklebury following Prince George's birth on July 22, the Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance five weeks later, when she and Prince William helped kick off a marathon in their home of Anglesey on Aug. 30. Looking trim as ever, Kate was all smiles and chatted with onlookers while her mother stayed home with the little prince. "He's sleeping well but I know these things change at a minute's notice," Kate told a fellow mother, reports The Daily Mail.
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Just because the actress admitted she'd make a "lousy stay-at-home mom" doesn't mean returning to the Charlotte, N.C., set of her Emmy-winning series, Homeland, five months after "[LINK "““http://celebritybabies.people.com/2012/12/19/claire-danes-hugh-dancy-welcome-son-cyrus-michael-christopher/"" "welcoming son Cyrus" "" "" "0" ] was an easy transition. "I was anxious about returning. I was so in my cozy mommy bubble and I had all sorts of exaggerated fears," she . "But it has been great."
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Talk about no joke! Fey went back to filming 30 Rock just two months after having daughter Penelope in August 2011, which she told David Letterman was "Watch the show, I look like maybe I should still be in the hospital," she quipped. "Just a little inflamed and kind of swollen. You want that lady to lay down for a minute."
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In early August, the actress had a serious case of mommy jitters when she walked onto the set of her new ABC series, Trophy Wives. "This will be the first time ever being a mom and working so I am a little bit nervous, a little bit anxious, but I am excited," she told PEOPLE. Good thing Akerman (here posing for More Magazine in July) was able to experience a few baby milestones first. "He smiled already at his two-month mark. It's the most awesome thing. It's so stupid in the most incredible way."
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When the new mom had to begin filming her BET series, The Game, just two months after son Cree's birth, she "cried all day long." But after talking to a friend and fellow mom, Mowry had a change of heart. "She informed me that just because you are now a mother doesn't mean you should ignore all the other amazing things you get to be as a woman," she wrote on her iVillage blog. "Now I go to work feeling a little different – no more tears ... okay, I'm lying, maybe a few tears."
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Mad Men's Betty Draper might have left her baby with the housekeeper, but not Jones. After welcoming son Xander, the actress returned to the set with her newborn in tow. "I had the baby and the baby nurse in their own room so I could go back and feed him every two hours," she recalled. "It was such a blessing that I wasn't separated from him."
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It was a very special request that convinced Queen Bey to leave infant daughter Blue Ivy home – the honor of posing for PEOPLE's Most Beautiful Woman cover. And despite her short break from baby, the superstar displayed a good attitude during the March 2012 photo shoot: "I feel more beautiful than I've ever felt because I've given birth."
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