Ok so around 2 this afternoon I sort of fell on my back. I prefer to call it a tumble rather than fall because it wasn't like my legs were ripped out from under me. No where near that dramatic. I just had a slip and tumble in the bathroom and landed on my back. I was not at all injured although it did knock the wind out of me. Everything was fine. I sat there for a minute waiting to catch my breath but I wasn't in any pain. About 30 minutes later the contractions began. So I am going on about 7 hours of contractions now. At times they hurt more and times they hurt less. Sometimes they are 5 minutes apart and sometimes they are 15 minutes apart. I had about a 30 minute period during all this they totally stopped and I thought I was in the clear, but they suddenly started up again.
To me this feels like labor. Not great news since I am 33/3. Not in the safe zone to give birth for at least 3 more weeks. But I am really hanging onto hope this is false labor because DH is away until saturday and I just can't go to L&D with all my kids. I don't know a single soul here. We moved to Fort Bragg less than a year ago and I got pregnant so quickly that socializing was just not a priority. And to top it off I am supposed to be at the airport an hour away on thursday to pick up one of my kiddos who took an unaccompanied flight home from visitation with his dad. He's 10! No way could I not show up labor or not.
Can false labor cause contractions for this long? Should I go in. Well I know I should but is it totally irresponsible for me not to go in? Two of my children aren't even school aged yet so it is going to be hell taking them in the middle of the night to sit in a cold hospital room where I am sure the nurses aren't going to be very nice to them and they are going to be tired and cranky.