Slow, Slow Laboring

I was able to get a bit of sleep last night, before these stop-and-go contractions I’ve been having got going again around 3AM. They’re too strong to sleep through, but not strong enough to feel productive. I think they are, though, oddly. The pain doesn’t radiate at all; it’s entirely located in my lower abdomen, and I remember that with Tommy, too. In fact, with Tommy, I was so discouraged by the time we actually went to the hospital. I thought for sure, after all that time, they were going to tell me I hadn’t dilated much at all, and I was on the verge of tears. But, when they checked, I was nearly ready to go. The midwife said it had something to do with his position, those weak contractions, and I hope that’s the case this time, too, because I’ve been doing this all day with no strengthening or increasing frequency. The only change has been that they’ve gone from lasting 20-30 seconds to lasting 45-55 seconds. If I walk, they still come on, but the intensity is so much less I hardly notice them. In fact, when we made the rounds this morning, Davey and I, I commented that I hadn’t had a contraction since we left the house. Which wasn’t true; I just wasn’t feeling them as well. So, we’re up to 50 second contractions, anywhere from 3-25 minutes apart. Don’t know what to think about all this, and Davey keeps nervously asking if we should go now. But I’m just sitting tight and hoping there’s a real baby in the very near future. Or maybe I’ll go down in history as the first woman to be pregnant forever. 😉

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  1. Still praying here! These last day(s) are the longest ones, for sure. Rest and take care of your lovely self as much as possible — there WILL be a baby soon!

  2. Susanna says:

    I think us grandmultips have the most unpredictable labors patterns. It drives anxious providers nuts because we don’t obey the rules in their neatly typed books. A labor like this doesn’t begin to get regular until transition in my limited experience…by which time you’ve psyched yourself out thinking you’re not even close, till all of a sudden the baby just drops into crowning mode and you really are almost done. I think it’s just our experienced bodies giving us more rest and recovery between those harder working and more intense contractions. But that’s just my opinion, not a medical fact. I’m praying for you!

  3. Praying for you. Those last days (or hours!) are the most mentally hard. Hang in there and get rest. Baby will be here soon.

  4. My labor with Faith was like that, until my water broke (first time that happened outside a labor room). Hoping that little stinker breaks the water for you. Praying.

  5. Jessica says:

    Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new niece! Or nephew! Love you, and praying for you, Jennie!

  6. Beckie R. says:

    Just to ease everyone’s minds, I called Jennie today and she had the baby on Wednesday morning. I’ll let her spill the details (mostly cause I don’t know much except gender and name; nieces are not good at relaying birth data), because that is a mother’s prerogative!

    1. Thanks for the update! I’ve been praying for them. 🙂

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