Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Well, today I am officially one week from my due date! I stayed home from work today because I had a false alarm last night. I guess I shouldn't call it a false alarm since I knew I wasn't in labor, but it did result in a trip to Labor and Delivery!

I'll try to make a long story short. All day yesterday I was having Braxton Hicks -- the painless contractions. While this is absolutely normal, it wasn't normal for me to have so many at a time. I usually have about three or four a day. Yesterday, I was having at least five in an HOUR. I stayed at school and wasn't very concerned at all. Then when I got home and they became six to siven minutes apart, Danny and I got a little curious. Again, no pain, but we were wondering what was going on. Around midnight we decided to call it a night and just "see what happens." When neither of us could go to sleep -- I guess we weren't comfortable with the uncertainty -- I went ahead and told Danny, "Let's go." I knew I wasn't in labor, but I just wasn't used to having so many contractions. (Hey, I could've very well been one of those women that have a painless labor!)

So we went in and they confirmed that I was definitely having contractions -- six to seven minutes apart. Apparently they were pretty strong, too; she asked if I was in pain (no). I was only a fingertip dilated -- cervix practically closed. But it was softening (which is some progress from yesterday's doctor appointment. Notice the lack of update for that! Nothing new from the last!). So they sent me home (as expected) and told me to call/come back when they are five minutes apart and become more intense.

This morning they were still six to seven minutes apart, but they've seemed to let up a little since then. Now they're about 10-15 minutes apart -- am I going backwards?! I wasn't frustrated or impatient at all before these contractions started -- I was patiently waiting for her to come. But I guess I let myself get a little excited when they started, and am a little disappointed that they're letting up. :-( I did learn at my appointment yesterday that if she's not here by the 10th, he'll induce on the 16th/17th. At least I know she won't be here any later than that.

Anyway, I've been at home all day and originally planned to do more around the house. There isn't much left, really. My tree is up. The nursery's done. The living room and kitchen are neat. I guess I could work on my side of the bedroom -- it could use a little straightening up.

Looks like I'll be back to work tomorrow! Goodness, what am I going to do with my students? It's hard trying to plan when you know you could very well NOT be there the next day. I don't want to leave them hanging or push a sub in the middle of a complex unit. Oh, well. I'll figure something out before morning.

I'm attaching pics of the nursery.

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