How are you? I'm actually doing really good. Which, is kind of miraculous, actually. ;-)
Yesterday I had ten solid hours of contractions that were coming every 2-5 minutes. And they hurt. I thought I'd have a baby for sure. But nope. They weren't changing my cervix! That is what is called prodromal labor. Basically meaning labor/contractions that are "false" and don't lead to a baby at the end. Fun times. :-P
I went down to the hospital in the afternoon because I thought my water had broken. The nurse did a swab test, and as she was doing it (very ROUGHLY, I might add) there was fluid leaking. So we thought FOR SURE my water had broken but 3 different tests came back negative for amniotic fluid. We still don't know what it was! Weird, huh?? The whole time I was contracting every 2-3 minutes, but when she checked my cervix I was only dilated to a 1. So she sent me home.
After I got home my sister was doing some acupressure on my legs and they were so swollen that there was an indentation from where she had pushed for over an hour later! :-O I also started feeling really sick, threw up, had a headache, etc... so we went back down to the hospital. Turns out I was fairly dehydrated so I got some IV fluids (after 3 rather painful pokes; one in each hand before the nurse finally listened to me about which vein to use) and I felt a lot better after that. The baby perked up, too. It was kinda crazy; she showed me the printout of the baby's movements and it was basically a flat line before the fluid, and then after she was wiggling and moving all around and her heart rate was better. So I'm glad I went down.
Overnight everything stopped and today I've had only a few Braxton Hicks. But the amazing thing is, I'm okay with it. I have total rest and peace to just wait for her to be ready. Labor WILL start. She WILL come. I have a doc appt tomorrow and I'm going to see if he'll strip my membranes, as that worked with both my boys. I feel comfortable doing it because it only works if your body is ready anyway.
I'll keep you posted! For now, I'm a cleaning fiend. Albeit a very slow, 90-year old granny moving, cleaning fiend. ;-)