I'm still in a bit of a daze today. I'm absolutely exhausted, but glad to be home. Last night was a small bit terrifying. I started having contractions at about 10pm. They were about 10 minutes apart, but strong enough that I couldn't sleep through them. I'm 32 weeks along as of today. Way too early for consistent contractions. So, I've done this before as you may remember. So why was it so bad this time? Well, Benson was at work. He was closing the restaurant which meant he couldn't leave until he was done, and he wasn't going to be done until about 3am. Lucky for me, I have my parents near by... right???? Well, my parents are on a weekend trip to see my brother. So, I was home with my 4 kids with no way to leave unless I woke someone who would've been COMPLETELY unprepared to help me. I have a few good friends I could've called, but more than anything, I just wanted the contractions to STOP! With my last pregnancy, they told me I was having contractions because I was dehydrated... so all night long I was drinking water. It didn't help. When Benson finally got home, I took off to be evaluated at the hospital. They gave me an IV and did what's called a fetal fibrinectin test. It tests for a hormone that appears before labor. Apparently a positive result is not a good indicator that labor is absolutely coming, but a negative has been shown to mean labor is at least 2 weeks away (in like 98% of cases). Luckily, mine came back negative. That was a relief. However, I was a little irked that they got the test back and I was immediately released to go home. I guess they don't care that I'm still having contractions if they're not impending labor. The nurse suggested I take some tylenol and/or benadryl to help me sleep through the contractions at night. I'm following up with my doctor on Monday.
Anyway, I truly am glad to have this little one still inside. I've done lots of nothing today, and will continue to do as much nothing as my crazy life permits. :P