As happy as we are to have Kate Middleton back in the public eye, we wonder what she's been up to in between giving birth and her first post-baby appearance so much, it keeps us up at night.

Well, it seems we'll be sleeping soundly at last, as Vanity Fair has finally revealed how Kate has spent her time off. In their October issue, the magazine that employs Pippa prints an exclusive excerpt of Katie Nicholl's biography of the duchess. Nicholl paints a portrait of domesticity inside the Middleton grandparents' Bucklebury home:

Nicholl reports that at the Middletons', the couple had their own wing, comprising a double en suite bedroom and private living room, while another bedroom had been converted into a nursery. The setup meant William and Kate could enjoy complete privacy as well as round-the-clock help from Carole and Michael.

The portrait that Nicholl's biography paints matches baby George's official portrait closely. The little prince's parents insisted on taking his photo in a more relaxed style than those of his predecessors. In fact, the portrait itself was snapped by Grandpa Michael Middleton, in the family's Bucklebury backyard.

Surprised? Apparently, a healthy, connected family life was part of the deal when the Middletons merged with the royals. Vanity Fair quotes family friend George Brown: "It was a condition when they got married that they [Carole and Michael] would be a part of the grandchildren's lives."

And Nicholl confirms that, as rumored, the royal couple didn't want hired help to interfere with their child-rearing -- according to a friend, "William said he didn't want a nanny or nurse coming in and doing shifts. They were agreed on that. They wanted to do the early days themselves."

Nicholl writes that George slept in a Moses basket right beside Will and Kate's bed. As for Kate's post-baby diet? All we know is that "each morning, Carole whipped up nourishing fruit smoothies and healthy meals while Kate also snacked on her favorite muesli bars." Sounds far healthier than some of the other post-birth regimes celebrities have cooked up.

For more scoop, read the full article at Vanity Fair.

George is too adorable for words:

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Crowds of well wishers take photographs as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, depart The Lindo Wing with their newborn son at St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England. The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday gave birth to a boy at 16.24 BST and weighing 8lb 6oz, with Prince William at her side. The baby, as yet unnamed, is third in line to the throne and becomes the Prince of Cambridge.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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    The safe hands of the Duchess of Cambridge with her son who was born yesterday, leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in west London.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 23, 2013. See PA story ROYAL Baby. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

  • Royal baby born

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holds the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their newborn son pictured outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, London.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their newborn son pictured outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, London.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and their newborn son pictured outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital, London.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, with their newborn son.

  • Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold the Prince of Cambridge, Tuesday July 23, 2013, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital exclusive Lindo Wing in London where the Duchess gave birth on Monday July 22. The Royal couple are expected to head to London’s Kensington Palace from the hospital with their newly born son, the third in line to the British throne.

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    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after he met his new grandson.

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    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after he met his new grandson.

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    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, after he met his new grandson.

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    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London, to meet his new grandson.

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