I'm determined not to have a repeat of what happened last time, when I wasn't truly in active labor, but the hospital staff talked me into getting pitocin, which began a 14 hour labor. Very unpleasant.
After my exam on Tuesday, though, my doctor told me to make sure my bag was packed and waiting by the front door. She also reminded me that I live 45 minutes away from the hospital, so I'm aware that timing is critical.
Will update as things progress.
11:00pm - Off to bed. Contractions faded away.
1:30am - Woke to a very intense contraction, but nothing more for a half hour or so. Back to sleep.
2:20am - Woke again w/ another contraction. Considering whether to wake hubby or wait it out.
3:20am - Heading back to bed. No real contraction action.
6:45am - Heavy thunderstorms/hail in my area. Glad I'm not rushing to the hospital in it. No strong contractions.
8:00am - Storms have passed, strong contractions have resumed. Husband is on high alert at work. C'mon, Baby!
9:ooam - Husband came home from work, which means the contractions stopped. <Insert weary, rolling eye smiley here.>
10:58am - 14 contractions in the past hour. Going to eat a grilled steak lunch hubby has prepared and then heading to the hospital!
1:23pm - Made it to the hospital despite encountering a crazy lady on the highway who was TEXTING WHILE DRIVING! (No offense to crazy ladies.) Waiting to be examined.
1:57pm - Nurse says 4-5 cm, but they will not keep me if I don't make steady progress. Talk about pressure! Doctor coming soon to examine.
2:40pm - Strong contractions 4 min. apart. Hoping they are doing something down yonder! Still waiting for doctor.
3:28pm - Still no dr. You'd think she had other patients or something! Sheesh!
4:21pm - Contractions steady and strong. Still haven't been examined again. Considering doing some jumping jacks or maybe some Kung Fu. Hi-YAH!
5:13pm - WOOHOO! The Kung Fu worked! 5-6 cm! Contractions 3 min. apart.
5:32pm - Dr. on the way to break my water. If this goes as it has with most of my other births, I should have a sweet baby in my arms within the hour!
5:55pm - Um. Ouch. Contractions getting intense. Should be any time.
6:20pm - Water broken. 7cm dilated. 100% effaced. Contractions 1-2 minutes apart. Oh, BABY!
*This post is linked at Amy's Labor Stories Link Up!