Ooops! I just typed up a post while I was waiting for my computer to dial up. So, I'll repost it here.
So, how do you know "real" contractions from BH's? Hmmm? I've been having different sorts of contractions for the past week or so, most of them I would characterize as BH's, but some of them start down low and build up, feeling kind of menstrually. That's what I've been considering a "real" contraction. But, how do you really know? Tonight, I'm having those pretty regularly, but they're not painful at all, just crampy and uncomfortable. Plus, I have some back achey-ness associated with them. I just watched the clock and I had 3 in 10 minutes. I'm fairly certain I'm not in labor, and have no intention of doing anything about it until I'm much more certain. How do you make the decision to call someone, though. I mean, does it really just "come to you" to call?
Okay, I'm going to catch up on posts now, and possibly post again. Just thinking about this and had to see what other people are doing.
And, now the new stuff, Laurie, what a great birth story! I also love the part about your daughter getting in the tub with you. I have fantasies about my DD being there with us, but we don't have any family members to hang out with us while I'm laboring. And, I'm afraid if it starts to get intense, there won't be anyone to take her somewhere to calm down but my DH and I *need* him there with me. Did you find her a calming influence overall? How did she handle the grunting and moaning parts? Did you ever find yourself screaming? My DD gets so upset at the thought of that, I'm starting to think she should stay home. I don't know. I really want her to be there though, when the baby is born, at least immediately after. It somehow feels wrong to not have her with us as our new family unit is created. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on that.