Thursday, February 12, 2009

Contractions...

I've always been one of those people who never wanted to get turned away from the hospital for going in too early in labor. Then you just sit there in an uncomfortable hospital with straps around your tummy monitoring you for way too long. Or you get turned away. So this Sunday (the day before Clint's birthday) I started feeling contractions at 2pm. We were thinking....cool, she'll be born on Clint's birthday at this rate! They were a half an hour apart exactly. No big deal. I kept timing them and by 4pm they were 15 min apart. Cool. By 6pm they were 10 minutes apart. All the books say to go in when they are less than 10 min apart, but Clint had to leave to preach evening service. So I was left home alone, in labor, for quite a while. He bumped the sermon first before songs or announcements, got home quickly, and by then they were 7 minutes apart at 8pm. So we got Kerry to babysit Noah and left for the hospital. On the way there, they were like 6 minutes apart.
So the whole way to the hospital we are thinking....this is it! She's totally going to be born on Clint's birthday! How fun!
Well, the monitored me for an hour (by now they are 5 minutes apart) and then determined it was "false labor" and labeled me as having a "irritable uterus" which totally sounded like a funny insult to Clint and I. So the nurse calls the doc. and the doc literally says "take two pain killers and call me in the morning." Rookie mistake. It felt so real and exactly how Noah's contractions were! So I was one of those rookie moms that got turned away. Nuts. I still am having contractions, but the nurse said unless they hurt really bad, to not worry about it.
I guess it will make for a cool story when she's older. :)

6 comments:

Heather said...

Oh I hate that too! And they act like you are being TOO cautious even though you really have waited so long having contractions and went in at the last possible moment.

It happened with Georgie. We waited til they were 4 minutes apart and then literally the MINUTE they put the strap on my belly they stopped.

The nurses just looked at me and said, "First time mom, huh?" ugh. Had contractions from then for the next week and a half!

Jos-C said...

oh man! That's a little bit anti-climactic! I wouldn't know what real contractions felt like even though this is my second, so I don't think you were jumping the gun. But, it does stink when the Doctors and nurses treat you like you're just being silly!

Jos-C said...

oh...sorry about that...I'm on my sister's computer...that last comment was from me not Josi..

Terah :o)

Sara Mallon said...

Hey Kim I hope that you are having REAL contraction right at this moment. ha... I am SURE I would have done the same thing as you... I don't see a way you could know they were fake! If I was your nurse, I would tell you good job for paying attention to the contractions :)

Lou and Amy said...

Kim (more for CLINT),

How could you just leave her at home? Kim how could you let him go? You two are NUTS! Is that a South African thing...leave your wife in labor and hope she's ok when you get back? You guys are definitely out of the states. There should laws against that type of behavior. I hope the sermon went well. Praying for you both. ~ Lou.

Jodie said...

It is so funny how many things we end up having in common. I've already had to go into the hosptial to have my contractions stopped! They were 5 mins apart...but since I was only 35 weeks at the time they just gave me 2 rounds of Tributerol and 6 hours in the hospital to stop them. Best wishes for a healthy delivery!