I continued to have mild contractions for the rest of yesterday, and tried my best to go to sleep despite the discomfort. At around 3am, the contractions started to become quite painful and I began to time them using a contractions app I had downloaded for my phone.
About 45 minutes later, I finally woke up J and we called his parents to come watch Claire so that we could head to the hospital. I was a bit scared that we would be sent back home, because that is what happened last year when I went into labor with Claire — my contractions were not yet regular and I was not dilated enough to be admitted.
But this was the real deal, as my contractions were coming every 3-4 minutes and I was 4cm dilated! I was admitted to labor & delivery at 4:30am this morning.
It is true what they say about subsequent labors tending to progress faster than the first — within just an hour, I was 6cm dilated and in A LOT of pain.
Luckily, the candy man (aka the anestheseologist) soon arrived and I was administered an epidural. The on-call doctor from my OB practice broke my water, and I am currently writing this on my phone, 7cm dilated and awaiting further progress.
I’m having a baby today!!!