A very disappointing night for Keith and I as we rushed to the hospital around 7, but got sent home at midnight. I started having contractions appearing to me to be real labor on Monday evening. I was certain that night we would be going in the next day. My parents drove up Tuesday. I continued to go in spurts of contractions, some really painful, but in the morning they would always subside. Yesterday they were getting super strong and had been 8-10 minutes apart for an hour, then 3-5 minutes apart for another hour and it was getting really intense. I was so certain "this is it!" I shouldn't have said that :) So after dinner we headed down to the hospital, got checked in and put on the monitors. By then the contractions were already a little less intense, but continued to be close together. The monitor was picking them up every 2-3 minutes, but I was only 2 cm and 50% effaced (which is what I had been the day before when I got checked by the doctor at the office). So the doc had us walk around for an hour and come back to the monitors. I was up to 75% effaced, but still no more dilated. My contractions were further apart, but more intense. After about 20 minutes (just when the nurse was coming to tell us we could go home), the baby's heart rate dropped below 100 (normally 120-160) for about 30 seconds or so. So the doctor wanted me to get an ultrasound just to make sure everything was OK. So we got to see little baby's face and tiny hands and wiggly body :) we made sure we didn't see the sex! Everything was fine, they figure baby just grabbed the cord and then let go. Back to the monitor, then got checked again...no progress, so home we came at midnight.
I was definitely disappointed not to be holding my baby, struggling with pride too after four days of false alarms. The contractions continued as we drove home and went to bed, but have subsided this morning.
No matter how you slice it, it can't be long now with my due date this Wednesday! We will keep ya posted.