2:00 am- Woke up with 'cramps' in my back. Khiron was sound asleep.
3:00 am- I'm still awake... Having 'cramps' every 7-10 minutes. Khiron is still sleeping.
5:00 am- Watched some of Patch Adams... 'Cramps' are about 5-6 minutes apart. Khiron is still asleep.
6:00 am- Starting to think my 'cramps' are more like contractions. They are happening every 4-6 minutes now. Khiron? Yup. Still snoozing.
7:00 am-I took a shower (just in case this is the real thing). Talked to Chan and we decided that if I am still having the 'cramps' regularly in an hour, I should probably go to the hospital, just to be sure! Khiron was still sleeping.
7:30 am- Still about 4-6 minutes apart.. Getting stronger but not bad at all!! I wake up Khiron (FINALLY) and fill him in on what has been going on while he slept so soundly. He showered. I finished packing my bag. I asked Khiron about his bag and he said he would just do it later. (What? When?? This might be it, dude! Guess he was pretty confident I was having 'cramps' not contractions!)
9:00 am- I get hooked up to monitors to see if this is the real thing... I'm dilated to 1 cm (which is progress from being dilated a fingertip for the past month!)
11:00 am- Dilated to 3 cm! Contractions happening every two minutes... I'm laughing, visiting with family and friends, and thinking contractions are no big deal! I got this!
1:30 pm- After I got the epidural (and after I asked the anesthesiologist if I could kiss her bc I was THAT excited to see her), I felt fabulous! At this point, I was dilated to 5-6 cm. My sweet friend Megan gave me a pedicure and then I napped.. while having contractions 1-2 minutes apart! (See! Aren't epidurals fabulous?!?)
3:30 pm- Babylove must have been excited too bc his heart rate started dropping so they put me on my side and gave me oxygen.