went for walk/hobble slow as a snail down our cul-de-sac. started to activate a lot. contractions began coming every 4 minutes. now they are every 4-5 minutes. some are much more intense than before and I've found that I have to vocalize a little but still in my relaxation/breathing mode. on exercise ball now.
we are having an ongoing discussion about when to go to the hospital. the midwife said the "rule" is 4-1-1 - four minutes apart, 1 min long, over the course of 1 hour. For the last 40 minutes or so, I think that is what we've had except for the occasional 5 minutes apart which seem to correspond when I'm distracted.
ate a bowl of cream of rice. G. is putzing around the house gathering things to bring. he finally gave in and loaded labor bag and diaper bag in car. Mom on the other hand says "its not time yet." I finally told her to stop saying negative things - because what does she know, really? not only did she have a cesarean for me and for my sister, she admitted a few days ago that this whole process is totally new to her since she didn't go through it with us.
NG feels like she is trying to kick her way out of the amniotic sac. I keep wondering if it will go pop. the extra intensity seems to be from her head getting down in there. well, we're ready to head out. will probably see what happens over next 1/2 hour, call midwife, see what she says. And knowing how things have been going, we'll probably get to the hospital and get checked and find out I'm only 2 cm dilated and they'll send us home.
what will be will be.