So Sunday night I started experiencing "period-like cramps" and a super hardening of my stomach. Contractions? I thought so. Monday...about the same but not as much and only happening in the evening when I finally get off my feet and watch TV. Tuesday...mo new news. Last night? Severe period cramps followed by or accompanied with a tightening in my stomach that took my breath away. Contractions? Who the heck knows. They weren't consistent, they didn't increase in pain and, although they were occasionally 5 minutes apart, they were also up to 15 minutes apart.
What the heck is going on? I guess it is false labor or Braxton Hicks. But they felt so real. I had T really jumping around here trying to pack a bag for himself and I had Mom up way past her bedtime with the excitement of a potential hour drive to the hospital. But, as soon as I laid down, nothing. Well, twinges but nothing like it was when I was sitting up.
I am not too bummed about it personally because I am still only 39 weeks and haven't reached my estimated due date of Dec 22 (Tuesday). Plus, my Dad isn't here yet and I really want both parents here before the big day. But I do feel kinda silly for even mentioning these pains last night and getting everyone all excited. I feel like there is pressure for me to "perform" even though I know that's not the case. But, when I woke up this morning with just some persisitent, dull, period-like cramping but no tightening, I felt like I was a disappointment to my loving fans.
Oh well. It is a waiting game and, luckily, I am not in a huge hurry other than the fact that I would rather not be lying in a hospital bed on Christmas. But whatever happens is fine and I do know that, on December 28 or 29, there WILL be a Cashew born and both of my parents will be here to experience it! So at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, as usual, I have plenty to do to keep me busy and to keep my mind off of the random aches and pains. Keep your fingers crossed that Cashew will make a grand exit before we have to go in and smoke him/her out!