Birth Story Part 1: Is it labor?
We headed home, listening to Briar's excellent CD, and went out to the community Seder. I ate LOTS of horseradish (I usually try to get away with the smallest ceremonial bit) and we really emphasized the message of liberation to Harpo! I waddled home after the seder and got uncomfortably into bed.
The third or fourth time I returned to bed that night after using the bathroom, I felt a trickle of liquid between my legs. "Hmm. That's interesting," I thought, but tried to get a bit more sleep. When I next got up, I inspected the leakage and decided it seemed like it had the potential to be amniotic fluid, so I went to find Cait and get her opinion. As she already mentioned, she was having a freakout on the couch, but her mood was much improved by my report. We called the midwives, telling the answering service, "I'm in labor," as the midwives instructed ("If you have any suspicion that you are in labor, even the faintest idea, say 'I'M IN LABOR,' so that the answering service calls us right away.") It was exciting and unbelievable to say the words.
Of course, our midwife wasn't quite sure she agreed with our assessment, but was supportive and excited on our behalf. She suggested we have breakfast and go for a walk before calling her back with an update. As we began to walk to a nearby diner for breakfast, I began to get some occasional menstrual cramp type sensations, but they were mild and infrequent - and I had no idea what contractions felt like anyway! I began to get suspicious that things might really be happening, though, when I had a really hard time ordering breakfast. I just wasn't that interested in food, and that's not like me! When breakfast came, it took a disciplined effort to make myself eat it, but I knew if I was starting labor, I'd want the calories for energy later. That may have been the best decision I made all day.