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I don't know if it counts because I didn't believe I was really in labor until transition hit, but I watched a movie with dh, had a snack and a glass of wine, chatted with some JM friends and then got into a bath when things started picking up and I thought *maybe* it could be real labor.
With Kailey it dawned on me around 4pm when my SIL came in the front door for a visit and asked how I was that I was having regular contractions all morning (and I lost my MP that morning too). I naturally assumed my labor would become active whenever it was ready so just kept on doing my own thing. I sat on JM, cooked, ate, sat on birth bath, watched COPS with DH. Kinda got intense around 12 or 2am, can't remember. At 5amish I thought water broke, got in the bath and called MW.
Family came over and we all just chilled and watched tv.
With Nola I had prodromal labor for 2 days off and on for hours and they were really strong. I slept, called into work, cooked, cleaned the heck out of Kailey's room and finally mopped the kitchen floor around 5pm I think on 3.19.2009 and then they started coming annoyingly again so I laid on the couch until active labor at 10 or 12, can't remember.
I had about 12 hours of early labor this past time. Me and my hubby just enjoyed our time together. We sent our first son off to the sitters pretty early so we had time to relax before the fun started. We took a walk, watched tv, I took a bath and hubby sat next to me. It was honestly a nice peaceful time of labor that we didn't get last time. My water broke with the first and contractions immediately took off so it was not enjoyable.
Early labor was honestly the most stressful part of my labor. My water broke at 3 am and thankfully my MW told me to go back to sleep for a few hours I had to head over to the BC at 8am because they're overseen by an OB group that follows "the rules". Once the MW confirmed my fluids were clear and I was having regular (but weak and infrequent) contractions she sent me out for a walk. We jaunted down to Starbucks for a coffee for DH and a parfait for me. Since I was on that **** clock I walked A LOT. I did laps around the grounds of the BC. I entered active labor around 4 pm and was SO happy because it meant I could finally lay the hell down. I'm really hoping this labor doesn't start with SROM so I can be chilling through early labor. I might also just fib a little about when my waters broke so that I don't have to deal with that crap again. I was just SO excited when my water broke I immediately called the MW.
I like to be out of the house during early labor. We usually go to Target or the outdoor mall and walk around. One time we went to the grocery store to get last minute food for the birth team. I love that excitement of early labor.
I was induced with my first two. Although, I had weeks worth of early labor in my second pregnancy. I spent early labor grocery shopping and running errands with my third. And I spent early labor with my third alone in my room. I don't know why I didn't leave. I had a lot of anxiety that pregnancy and just wanted to be alone.
I've never really had early labor. My first two I went straight into active labor. Third I did have prodromal labor, so I guess that could be considered early labor, but I just went about my normal life. Fourth there was no labor period.
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!