So, yesterday morn at about 430 called my Doula to come over and just 'be' as things got REALLY intense, she recommended a walk and/or a shower, did the walk, I think it tired me out enough to be able to sleep sitting up against the bed on my birth ball as lying down was NOT happening. Then, I ended up moving to bed, slept between contrax and woke up deeply, loudly vocalizing through them. Then, got up, took a shower and they stopped (as usual) at around 9am.
I know the shower *could* have stopped them, but based on the last 2-3 days, I'd say it didn't, that's just their pattern. So we then slept till 2pm. That was nice. I did have my Doula give the run down to my MW who said she wanted to see me if possible, went to see her, she wanted to do an exam, so I did (we don't plan on having any in labor, so I knew it was needed to have one since she was rec. it) Turns out we are 4-5cm, which is good, but with my son, I was 4 at 38 weeks and did the natural induction at 41+3 and my body never took over. So there is really no telling how long we have been this far dilated. She did say my cervix was pretty posterior and not all that effaced, so she as gently as possible, pulled it anterior and held it there for a bit. OUCH! Reason number 15 we are not doing exams in labor unless need be!
So, we're in it again, for the 4th night in a row, it's gradually gotten more and more intense, some of the contractions now have two peaks, which is WAY fun, but we are just seeing how things go.