What began as joyous anticipation of the royal baby, perfectly timed to coincide with the otherwise sluggish summer news cycle has now devolved into an extended holding pattern. Even the Queen has expressed her impatience for the baby to hustle up, saying she'd "very much like it to arrive" before she goes on holiday next week. Meanwhile, the journalists who flocked to their special press pen outside the private Lindo Wing (now dubbed the "#LimboWing") of St. Mary's Hospital are approaching the third week of their stakeout (#GreatKateWait), where the mood has progressed from excited to restless to downright batshit crazy.
With nothing better to do than sit around and stare at the hospital's frosted windows, journalists have resorted to sending impatient tweets from the front lines. (And should you be curious about how boring it really is over there, check out the multiple live feeds.) Below, a sampling of what the royal baby watch has become:
The Daily Express's Richard Palmer likened the stakeout to Vietnam.
Spent some time outside the Lindo Wing today.The veterans of the #GreatKateWait are starting to sound like guys who've been in 'Nam too long— Richard Palmer (@RoyalReporter) July 17, 2013
While NBC's Natalie Morales grumped about her bad view ...
And then posed for other bored news outlets, who took pictures of her knitting.
CNN's Max Foster, clearly low on blood sugar, resorted to photographing random notices around the press pen.
Others entertained themselves with royal-baby-themed video games.
Another way to spend the #greatkatewait. Download the 'royal run' game app, I keep falling over and dropping baby cambridge :( (its free!)— RoyalKateDebate (@RoyalKateDebate) July 17, 2013
There was theft!
#9news royal baby exclusive. Our tripod stolen from outside the Lindo Wing. Guess what buddy, we have you on camera, about 200 of them.— Lizzie Pearl (@lizziepearl) July 12, 2013
And latent anger issues.
Man making his children stand for pictures on the steps of Lindo wing SRSLY?!! #RoyalBaby— madam-editor (@TheMadamEditor) July 17, 2013
Sky News sent cryptic messages about helicopters that, sadly, did not contain Kate Middleton.
And veteran journalist Arthur Edwards reminisced about Prince William's speedy birth in 1982.
Waiting for William in June 1982. I'm on the left standing on my ladder. We didn't have to hang around to long pic.twitter.com/gVk272xDiH— Arthur Edwards (@ArthurJEdwards) July 17, 2013
At the end of the day, everyone was just happy to have company. Nothing justifies a long wait like knowing you're not the only one who cares.
At least I'm not alone in watching a pair of doors #GreatKateWait— My Royal Obsession. (@myroyalobsess) July 17, 2013