My three very different answers
Boog: 42w2days, 9ish pm, my water broke (Thursday night). No contractions, just slapped on a pad, wateched a movie then went to bed, knowing I had a Dr's appointment in the morning, and I may as well sleep. 9am Friday Dr confirmed yes my membranes had ruptured, told me to go home and come to hospital when uncomfortable. Felt "off" all day, like I had to pee constantly, but not real crampy. Dr called me at home at 7:30pm asking where I was. Told her I was not in pain yet, just felt restless and like I had to pee all the time! She told me to come up to the hospital. Went shopping for new jammies and slippers first, then headed up about 9pm. Was checked, no progress (long cervix, 1cm). Was given a sleeping pill and scheduled for induction at 9am Saturday, approx 36hrs after ruptured membranes (but only 2 vaginal checks and my temp was fine, Boog was looking good on monitors). Woke up at 4am feeling menstrual crampy, which quickly escalated into contractions that I needed to really internalize and focus on. Got very quiet and pulled into myself for his labour. Was told I could push at 6:30, promptly fell asleep and was OUT for an hour, woke at 7:30 screaming "I have to push" and he was here at 8:14.
Moosie: I had been having mild contractions (more like hard BH with minor cramping) every ten minutes for 3 days before my EDD. Had been sitting at 50% effaced and 3cm for 3 weeks before my EDD. Woke at 8am on my EDD and my sister (I was staying with her, my ex husband worked 2 hours away, and I needed to be able to get to the hospital) commented that I was turning pink with each cramp. I called my ex at work at noon and told him to come home now, not at 5pm as expected, but honestly did not think I was in labour, again, I just felt off, restless and weird. He arrived at my sisters at 4 and we headed to the hospital. 5pm check, 3cm, 50% effaced, I could still talk through my contractions, therefore I was not in labour, but my blood pressure was high, so they wanted to monitor me for a bit. 6pm, no change. 7pm, no change. 8pm, no change (I read a lot of magazines, talked with my then hubs and tried to convince the nurses that I might not be in labour YET, but it was coming, I just KNEW). At 8pm they accused me of doing something to keep my BP high so I could stay even though they could use the bed for someone else. at 8:18pm my water broke. Then I screamed like a banshee, kicked a nurse, cried, grunted and howled, and Moose popped out at 9:05pm. Oh, she's the only one I recall losing my plug with too, about 3 in the afternoon.
Tiny: I was DONE. I was miserable. I wanted to meet this baby. Was told by midwife at 4pm on Oct 31 that I would be pregnant at least a week more. I cried. I came here and complained. I made dinner, and took my biggies trick or treating. MW had checked me, so I was crampy but not contracting. Came home at 9pm, had the kids in bed by 10. Watched TV with a heating pad on my back from 10-11 then had a hot bath. Went to bed about midnight, but could not get comfortable, my back HURT! Told Tim at 1am that I could nto sleep, my back was killing me. He called the midwife, she told us to meet her at the hospital so she could give me something to help me rest. By now I was contracting, but they were short (20-30 seconds) and not consistant. Got to the hospital, went to triage, chatted with midwife for a bit and she decided to check me at 2am. Told me I was not leaving the hospital without a baby, I was 3cm and paper thin. I rocked, swayed, cried a bit, moaned and Tiny was born at 3:16 am, born at 38w4days.
So here I sit, 37w1d, obsessing over every cramp and contraction, waiting it out like you, because I know there is no way to REALLY know, until its just about time!
Need to update a ticker, Silas Anthony Jordon born Oct 11, 2013. 6th baby, so much love!