Tonight around 6, I noticed my contractions were starting to be regular, and about 5 minutes apart. They weren't hurting so much as they were uncomfortable. Forrest got home around 6:30, and I asked if he wanted to go get dinner at Moe's (burrito place in Falls Church). My contractions still weren't letting up, but I wondered if maybe some activity would make them subside. All during dinner, they were still happening, and I realized it'd been an hour and a half. So I called my doctor, who suggested we head to the hospital to make sure I wasn't in pre-term labor.
Got to the hospital, checked in and all that jazz, and they led us down to triage. They hooked me up to a fetal heartbeat monitor and a contraction monitor. At first, the lady put the monitor up way too high and it didn't read diddly-squat, even though I was having some contractions. Secondly, she placed me almost flat on my back, and I was not comfortable at ALL. Finally, I managed to convince her to move the thingy down, and I attempted to get into a comfortable position. About that time, my contractions started showing up on the monitor... every 5 minutes like I'd been feeling (up until that point, I was worried it was all in my head, and that I was the crazy lady who cried "Wolf"). They called my doctor who said it was too early for me to go into labor, so they gave me a shot of Terbutaline to stop the contractions. It promptly halted them, which was good.
We're home for now, and I'm dead tired. I had plans on telling you all these funny stories about the trip to the hospital, but I'm just too exhausted. For now, here's a list for you (more for me) so I can expound upon these thoughts later on.
-Nurses w/ self-proclaimed "short-fingers"
-Contraction spikes when said nurse does internal exam
-What happens when you laugh while hooked to the fetal monitor
-How impossible it is to stop laughing when you find out what happens
-How incredibly AWESOME Forrest was during the whole time, and how calm he kept me
-Eavesdropping on the nurses and what they're talking about w/ other patients
-Watching other women's contractions on the monitor
-Ice chips and my dreams of having snow cream syrup to put on them
-much more, that's all I can remember for now...
So tune in tomorrow, when I may have a more coherent, witty commentary on our trip to the hospital!! :)