Last night I was awoken by a light cramping pain in my lower abdomen... I thought... hummm... that's new. And tried to go back to sleep. Then about 15 min later... it happened again. This time I put my hands to my belly and felt a firmness all over. I layed there a while thinking... wow, could this be contractions? It happened off and on for a couple of hours. I woke Brandyn up, told him I wasn't feeling good... and that I thought I should call labor and delivery (as they tell you to do).
This week marks 36 weeks in the pregnancy for me... so I had a small panic attack about it all being too early... and thought for sure that the hospital would call me in to give me drugs to make the contractions stop.
The labor & delivery nurse was super great. Asked all about my symptoms... had my water broken (no)... what was my pain level on a scale of 1-10 (2) etc., etc. And then she explained to me that sometimes contractions/cramps like this can happen for weeks before the baby is born. But other times it is a sign that labor is beginning... and since I'm 36 weeks... that's totally OK and they would allow that to happen.
WHAT!?! How did I get close enough for the baby to be born at any minute!?! I'm/we're not ready for that!
So... I took it easy today... worked from home... waited for the cramping/contractions to subside (they did)... and... started working on PACKING my hospital bag and getting other things ready.
Time to install the car seat Brandyn!!