Thanks so much, guys, for sharing. I am feeling better about things today (isn't that how this goes, too, especially at the end, such a see-saw!). Later on yesterday afternoon I became very weepy/emotional, which I am reckoning must have been a hormonal release. Still no show, however throughout the night and into this morning my contractions/cramping/backache were getting stronger (still not regular and they've eased off since I've been up doing things) -- and I am thinking the intensity change is a result of the exam.
I think I may have panicked my husband a bit much when I asked him to read up the section on what to do if the baby comes at home (we are planning -- fingers crossed -- a water birth). I am thinking if I keep having these build up/ease off starts, when I finally do go into active labor (or get to the point where I can say, it's time to go), things will move very quick. Probably wishful thinking!!!
Thanks again. Reading your experiences helps.