Monday, August 27, 2012

Go, Go!!

"Go, Go!!" is Charlotte's catch phrase. We never really know the appropriate time to say it, because if we say it randomly, she looks at us confused, but if we say it before we go someplace, she shouts it right along with us.

That has little to do with anything at the moment, except for "Go, Go!" time is approaching...I think.
I've been having some pretty noticeable contractions the last 20 hours. I called the on call OB last night and explained that I was having some mildly painful, very uncomfortable contractions every 8-10 minutes and that I am 35 weeks and 4 days. She was very kind and recommended I try to get some shut eye and if they continue to get closer and stronger, to call again - though she thought it was more likely that they'd go away on their own. I woke up a couple times in the night due to the discomfort, but by morning, they were irregular again and more of a nuisance than anything else.

By noon, I decided to start timing them again and they were 8 minutes, 7 minutes, 6 minutes, 5 minutes...lasting about a minute each. They didn't hurt bad though. The only "real" contractions I knew
were from my labor with Charlotte and they were crazy climb the walls insane bad. By 2:30, I decided to call my OB again and just let them know how frequently they were coming. He decided he wanted to see me within the hour. So my mom came to my house because Charlotte was still napping and I went to the office by myself.

The contractions are doing something, but he says "I don't think it's active labor." and while I didn't either, I still don't know what the crap the difference is. I'm still confused about when I'm supposed to call, since I was always supposed to call when they're 5 minutes apart. They've been 5 minutes apart all day, and now I'm starting to have back ache and heavy legs.

I just wish I knew what I was doing.

I went to get groceries after my doctor appointment, and was so uncomfortable people were starting to take notice. I started to tear up a couple of times because I just feel so clueless and I can't imagine letting this go on for another week or more. Though I want my baby to be born full term, I'm not sure stopping to catch my breath every 5 minutes around the clock sounds like a good way to spend the next week.

I don't want to spend any unneeded time in the hospital. I just want to know when it's the real thing. I don't think it truly is right now, because it's supposed to hurt...right?

Ugh. I suck at this.

How did you know it was go, go time when it was the real thing?


  1. Suck it up cupcake.

    No, seriously that sounds like it sucks. I had 3 weeks of on and off contractions with Faith before I was finally induced, so I know your pain.

    Hope it either stops or produces a baby soon.

    1. I'm used to having contractions, but not around the clock every few minutes! I am getting exhausted. I would like it to stop, and produce a baby in 1-2 weeks. :) as if I have a say.

  2. So sorry to hear that you're uncomfortable! :( I can't imagine having contractions for so long without it being actual labor. I'm no help on the advice front. I was 3 cm for weeks without feeling a thing. Never had any Braxton-Hicks or anything throughout the pregnancy. So a few days after my due date, when I started having contractions that progressed over time, I knew it was "it." It was pretty clear for me.

    Our Bradley Method instructor said something about how in false labor, the contractions can die down or stop for a while based on what you're doing (i.e. if you sleep, eat, shower, etc) but in real labor they will keep going regardless of what you're doing. That was the "hint" she gave us to help figure out if it was "go-go" time.

    I hope it gets more comfortable for you. Hang in there. :)

    1. Thanks for the tip, Krystin! That's what was so crazy about all of it - no matter what I did, they kept coming closer and "stronger" (but not the painful ones that I knew). Today, however, I still have some normal braxton hicks, but they aren't bothering me in the least. I even got a nap! I'm loving the pics of your little man, such a sweetie.