Saturday night around 12:30 I started to have some really painful contractions...the kind that start in your back and radiate around. I didn't think anything of it since I have been having contractions for about the past 3 weeks. They were painful enough though that I couldn't sleep. I moved from my bed, to the glider in the nursery, to the couch. Nothing seemed to help. Around 3am they were bad enough that I decided to take a hot shower (an cry the whole time). Still in pain. I went back to the couch where I stayed so I wouldn't wake DH up. I fell into a light sleep for about an hour.
When DH got up he started timing my contractions which ranged from 2 minutes to 8 minutes apart and were really intense. We decided to play it safe and head to the hospital.
While we were there they hooked me up tot he monitors which showed that all of my contractions were 2-4 minutes apart. The doctor came in and did a cervical. I am still 80% effaced but am 1cm dilated now. The doctor could feel baby A's head and said he felt my bag of water bulging through my cervix. I BEGGED them to stop the contractions but the doctor said they won't do that unless they are "productive contractions" meaning they are causing me to dilate. Since I wasn't in "real" labor they sent me home.
I have been in an unbelievable amount of pain since all of this has started. A am definitely at the "I am done" point in this pregnancy. I was selfishly hoping that I was in labor so I can get these babies out. Don't get me wrong, I am glad I wasn't in real labor and we've bought ourselves a little more time, but the thought of going on like this for another 2-3 weeks makes me cry (literally... I've cried several times thinking about it).
I just pray that all of this preterm labor eases up so I can at least get a few decent nights of rest before the babies come. I asked the nurse how much longer she thought I had and her response was "You could go into full blow labor tomorrow morning or you can go for another 3 or 4 weeks." Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.