Saturday, February 11, 2012

False Alarm Number.... Whatever-It-Is At This Point (40w4d)

Sheesh! What a night!

Yesterday afternoon, I noticed my contractions ramping it up a bit - getting a bit nastier, more noticeable, etc. Since we are obviously well into labor-territory, I kept an eye on it and knew that baby's arrival might be in the night's forecast.

We had a super-busy night - dinner, family trip to Sprouts, then family movie night (plus all the usual chores), and the contractions kept right on going (they always do, as a matter of fact, but these just had more bite to them). I texted my birth team at about 9:30 p.m. just to give them a heads-up that something might be going on, and then headed to bed.

At that point, things got really uncomfortable, and stayed that way. I was absolutely sure that baby was on his/her way - I just wanted to hold out as long as I could to let the team get some sleep before having to head over.

And then... 1:00 a.m. hit. And the contractions stopped cold in their tracks, I went to sleep and just now got up (yawn!). Only 1-2 contractions total since then.

Another false alarm. 

First of all - why does all this painful false labor stuff get worse at night?

Secondly.... this baby apparently likes messing with my head!! Seriously, this child has been an independent and willful little chublet ever since he/she was conceived. Almost nothing about this pregnancy has mirrored my first two, and the nuances now being thrown into the mix have got me running about trying to catch up with what's going on. Crazy!!

Well, I'm guessing that the false alarms will sometime turn into the real thing, and fairly soon... though I also think there's a distinct possibility that I might just stay pregnant forever.

One thing that does have me nervous is the fact that I am still spending most late evenings with some really nice nausea. Laboring with that in tail is not something I'm hoping to do.

Ah, well. We'll see what happens! I'm guessing we will not exit this weekend without a babe-in-arms... but then again, I've been saying that for the past three weeks, LOL!! We'll see. 

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. I think you're laboring a lot the same way I did--just a little at a time (but not having the same results I did, of course!). Hopefully when active labor starts, you'll already be halfway there. That's what all of my "false" labor produced for me. I was actually glad for the little at a time method!

    Probably won't see you tomorrow because baby is snotty and maybe sick, so likely the next time I see you, she'll be here!

    Maybe think of it this way--she's just giving you more time to decide on her name ;)

  2. It's definitely preferable a little at a time - I just had no idea what they meant when they said that 3rd babies were unpredictable! They weren't kidding!!

    And we WILL have our coffee date sometime - it just may take a year or two to make it happen, LOL! But it will happen!!

    Sorry M. is feeling under the weather! Feel better soon, little one!! I don't know if we'll make it to church tomorrow either (I think labor is super-close, just between you and me and everyone else who reads this blog, LOL!). Next time we see you, definitely with baby in arms!!

    Love you guys!

  3. Love you too! Can't wait to meet "her" ;)

  4. Oh and thanks for the well wishes for Matthew. He's not very sick, but he can't go in the nursery in his condition and it would be pretty pointless to try to attend service--I'd be too distracted with him, so we're going to stay home and let him sleep!


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