Since the midwife stretched my cervix before lunch, things have been going on. I timed light contractions (crampy, down low, like labor, not Braxton Hicks) every 8- 10 minutes from around 3:30 – 6:30. From then, they’ve been sporadic; sometimes 3-4 minutes apart, but sometimes taking 20-30 minute breaks before coming back for another stretch of regularity.
They were most regular when we were busy, trying to decide whether or not to take Ellery to her first ballet class at 4:45 p.m. She has been looking forward to this for months, and I couldn’t stand to break her heart. But neither did I want to drive her alone and risk have a baby at the YMCA, or send Jason off and have a baby alone at home with Maya and Asher. (I’m usually that fast, remember.) So we decided we’d all go, drop Ellery off, and grab dinner. So that way, whether I had the baby in the car or made it home, I wouldn’t be alone, and I wouldn’t have to drive. The contractions stayed regular the entire time, through dinner, until we came home. Then they got irregular.
Jason and I just watched Bridget Jones’ Diary (thanks to Netflix instant watching feature) to pass the time and see how things went. Nothing new, just contractions now and then. In fact, I’m having one right now…
…okay, done. Lots of bloody show tonight, but that’s probably a combo of cervix dilating and the vaginal exam earlier.
Perhaps I’ll get a more normal length labor this time, and it will be a few hours before things pick up. Honestly, after two lickety-split hard-and-fast labors, this is such a relief. I can handle this. But I also have to decide when it’s the real deal so I can call the midwife. This could also just be my body getting ready, and it could be a another day or two (or more). I’m really okay with that, though of course I’m disappointed that he’s not here yet. After the last few weeks, I’ve learned not to get my hopes up too high.
I wonder if this is what early labor is like? I’ve never had early labor, in the traditional sense. I feel like I’m doing this for the first time.