Monday morning I woke up after a difficult night of sleep....random contractions kept waking me up throughout the night. They weren't regular, so I just tried to sleep as much as possible.
When I did finally wake up, I discovered my mucus plug had passed and I had some additional fluid leakage (sorry for the details). I wanted to make sure it was not a slow leak from my water bag so I called the midwife. I came into the office and she confirmed it was NOT amniotic fluid (good news) and then decided to do a non-stress test (which would have been done at my appointment on Tuesday anyway).
After 20 minutes on the fetal heart monitor, the baby's heart rate was awesome, and I discovered those little cramps I was having were actually mild contractions approximately 5-6 minutes apart. I was also dilated to 2 cm. Her best guess was that I would probably deliver within a day or two, but there was still a chance that the contractions would stop and that delivery was not eminent.
However, later in the evening the contractions became more intense, but stayed 5 minutes apart. I was able to sleep for about an hour at a time, with the really strong contractions waking me out of sleep. By 3:45 am I was up and timing them, rocking in my glider, reading a book and journaling. It is now 12:00 pm and the intensity of the contractions continues to increase but the space between them remains the same.
I did not go into work on Friday, Monday or Today. My due date was my last official day of work... which I am rather proud of!
My parents are still in Michigan, I am going to wait until we're leaving for the hospital to have them get in the car and start motoring. We won't leave for the hospital until the contractions are 3 minutes apart and I can't "breath through them" - meaning, they stop me in my tracks.
Jason is a gem - he is at my beck and call, but there isn't a whole lot he can do for me right now. He is standing by, waiting to whisk me to the hospital.
I may or may not be able to update this again before we leave, so keep your phone nearby and await a call from me, Jason, Michelle or Linda!!!