I think I might be in labor.
I woke up and had to use the bathroom shortly before 7am today. When I got back in bed, I felt almost wide awake - TOTALLY unusual for me at that time of day. After several minutes, I had a rather strong contraction. Also unusual - most of the time my contractions have been strong-ish only in the evening. I had another one or two before DH left for work an hour later.
I got up just after DH left for work and scrounged up some food for the kids. Used the bathroom again...this time, I noticed bloody show. Went back to my bed to lay down and ponder all of this, and had a couple more contractions before I got up again.
Long story short: From about 7am - 10am, I've gone to the bathroom at least six times to "check", and there has been bloody show each time. I've had contractions about 15-20 minutes apart, generally nice strong ones. Even when I've been up and walking around, or taking a shower, etc. Plus I had this general sense of crampiness, like my bowels want to empty out.
I called and gave heads up to Jesse, the midwife, and my friend who is planning on doing childcare for me.
We went to the chiropractor, as I was scheduled for an adjustment anyway. She did the normal adjustment, but also went ahead and hit some accupressure points on my feet as well, that might encourage labor.
Had a couple contractions on the 10-15 minute drive home. Used the bathroom again, and yup (TMI), bowels are definitely loose. I've had several contractions since then, surely closer together than 15 minutes.
So unless this baby is a born practical joker, I'm thinking labor has started.
DH is now home for lunch and I'm going to start timing these things for real, instead of having just a vague idea of when I'm having contractions. I haven't decided whether I'll let DH go back to work or not.
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)