While we're pretty certain that this is the first royal birth that's ever been followed on Twitter, let alone had its very own custom hashtags (#GreatKateWait, anyone?), buzz about the arrival of William and Kate's little bundle of joy seems to be all anyone is talking about. Some of our favorite moms and allParenting writers have told us exactly how they feel about all the royal baby hype... just don't tell the queen!

Alert the guard... they're over it!

I think it's super weird the way people act as if they're personally involved in it, as if it has some bearing on their own lives.

"I don't understand why people are so interested," allParenting writer Janelle Hanchett candidly tells us. "I think it's super weird the way people act as if they're personally involved in it, as if it has some bearing on their own lives. Or when people make comments such as, 'They're such good people and Kate's going to be such a great mom!' Really? How the heck do you know?"

Life goes on for these non-royals

allParenting writer Monica Beyer shares that she falls somewhere in between over it and obsessed: "I'm not a royal-watcher, but I admit I'm always a wee bit interested when any celebrity has a baby. I'm looking forward to finding out the sex of the baby and the name they choose."

I'm also interested in knowing the sex and the baby's name, but beyond that, I don't really care. I'm definitely not checking the internet, waiting for news.

Amy Vowles, another allParenting writer, shares Monica's sentiments about the royal baby hype: "I'm also interested in knowing the sex and the baby's name, but beyond that, I don't really care. I'm definitely not checking the internet, waiting for news. I'm sure that Facebook will alert me whenever there is something to announce."

Here's an interesting perspective from allParenting writer Katie Hurley, who is also a child and adolescent psychotherapist, about her fascination with the royal fascination itself. When it comes to celebrities, Katie notes: "People love to watch and wait — they cheer for their favorites and wait for their least favorites to err, as if to say, 'Look! We're all the same!' The truth is that all celebrities, regardless of income, are really just people. We shouldn't judge ourselves against anyone, even the perfectly perfect looking people in the glossy magazines."

Because Kate is a mom, just like us

I wish nothing but the best for the royal couple, but can't help thinking how pressured this child is from the beginning.

A good reminder for all of us, obsessed or not, from allParenting writer Maureen Wallace: "I wish nothing but the best for the royal couple, but can't help thinking how pressured this child is from the beginning. I also feel badly for Kate because we all know that pregnancies and childbirth can take very unexpected turns. Being royalty doesn't make you immune from tragedy."

Ami Burns, allParenting writer, has some interesting professional experience to add to the discussion about the arrival of the royal baby: "Professionally, as a childbirth educator and doula, I hope Kate has blocked out all of the buzz so that she can labor without stress and have the birth experience she wants."

Obsessed and not afraid to admit it

I want to not care, since the royal family and royal baby have no bearing on my life. Yet, I'm fascinated by the whole thing.

Trying to hold out, but admitting that she has let her interest in the royal baby creep through, allParenting writer Angela Amman confesses this to us: "I want to not care, since the royal family and royal baby have no bearing on my life. Yet, I'm fascinated by the whole thing. Will it be a girl and the first queen by birth, regardless of future male heirs? Will it wear the cutest baby fascinators? Will its name honor Princess Diana?"

With an obsession that she admits goes back to the days of Princess Di, allParenting writer Sherri Kuhn comments, "I am almost embarrassed to say that I get drawn in a wee bit by the royal traditions. This particular birth is interesting to me because Kate is surrounded by the 'pomp and circumstance' and the media frenzy, but she still deserves to have the birth experience she wants... and I hope she gets it."

While I'm eager to hear about the baby, there's a huge part of me that would like to see the press back way off and let them celebrate their joy.

Sharing in Sherri's royal obsession, allParenting writer Nichole Beaudry shares that she is obsessed, but torn: "I fell in love with the royal family when Princess Diana and Prince Charles wed. It was lovely to see their family grow and sad to see their marriage fall apart. I'm feeling so torn now, watching the news when it wasn't all that long ago that society's fierce desire for news led to Diana's horrific death. So, while I'm eager to hear about the baby, there's a huge part of me that would like to see the press back way off and let them celebrate their joy."

With a fresh perspective, allParenting writer Mary Fetzer confesses: "A lot of Americans scoff at the hype surrounding the royal family, but I find it fascinating! I'm envious of the respect and the admiration the British people hold for their rulers and I think our nation's extremely partisan leaders could learn a thing or two from the royals about conducting themselves with class."

"Today is my birthday," allParenting writer — and birthday girl! — Rachel Voorhees shares with us. "I'm hoping the royal baby has the same one!"

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