Only a girl who is crazy would actually post this kind of picture. So here I am . . . crazy and all.
Today Jason and I went to Valley Hospital for a Fetal Non-Stress Test. We have started the bi-weekly monitoring and since the doctor's office was closed today, an appointment was made for us to go to the hospital to have the NST done. Things were going well - I could feel the baby moving and the heart rate looked awesome. After about 30 minutes the nurse came in looking somewhat concerned and asked if I was feeling all the contractions I was having. With total embarrassment I told her no. She told me I had about five contractions in the 30 minutes I had been hooked up to the monitor. (FYI - she told me they consider pre term labor as 4 contractions in an hour at this gestation) She gave me a huge glass of water and said we would need to stay there until the contractions went away - or they would have to give me a shot to stop them.
Poor Jason. He looked at me and said, "Not again. I can't do the NICU again." Some urgent prayers were said; I gulped down the water and the contractions stopped in the hour that followed. A baby born at this age (almost 33 weeks) would most likely be fine, but it would also require some time in the NICU and neither of us are really up for that this time.
The nurse told me that this was very common in women who become pregnant within 18 months of giving birth - and that would be us. I was so embarrassed that I didn't realize I was having contractions - they just weren't hurting the way I remember. We are keeping a closer eye on things now and hopefully we can keep this little guy "in" for another month or so! We have another appointment this upcoming Monday - so we will see what the doctor says.