In which I contract and ramble

I’m contracting this evening.  It doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but I thought it would be fun to keep the rest of the world guessing as much as I am.  I typically feel false labor only up high in my belly, but I am feeling these down low so maybe they’re real.

But I’ve never been more than a couple of days early, and I haven’t been early at all in nearly 12 years so it’s probably nothing.

But on the other hand, my June 28th duedate is an estimated date.  My official, by-the-book date would have been June 7 so maybe I’m already past due and really in labor.

But we had good reason to move the duedate to June 28th, since I consistently received negative results on pregnancy tests until what would have been 7 or 8 weeks, and my morning sickness also kicked in 3 weeks later than usual, so I’m probably still 9 days away from being due (ow.  contraction.  7:27 PM).

And I spent much of today in the heat and sun, not eating or drinking enough, and on my feet far too much.  All of these factors commonly contribute to false labor.

But I had 5 strong, down-low, nearly painful contractions in a row, all about 10-12 minutes apart while driving home this evening.

Does anyone want to know why I spent much of today in the heat and sun, not eating and drinking enough?  I’ll ramble on a bit longer about inconsequential things just to keep us all wondering about what really counts: those contractions.

We had 3 dentist appointments this morning, plus about 6 other errands to run.  Hubby was conveniently home today so I took his small gas-friendly car with just 3 children.  We made it 35 minutes or 35 miles into a 43 mile trip when the car died.  We were still firmly in the middle of nowhere, and could do nothing but call Hubby to come get us in the van.

It took him an hour to reach us.  I have to admit he was delayed far less by the 5 children in his entourage than by the fact that I had both sets of keys.

By the time my knight in shining armor arrived on in his great white steed, we had canceled our dentist appointments and rescheduled for July 8 (I’m hoping for a July 4th baby.  What was I thinking?).  Our other errands were in jeopardy but not yet canceled.  We were hot and thirsty and oh-so-happy to see him.

He quickly assessed the situation and we all hopped in the van for a ride to the auto parts store.  Back again to the car, 8 miles each way.

Hubby worked in the blazing sun, with his arms buried in the blazing engine.  I stood by in silent support, being present and pregnant.  It was all I could do to help, so I did my best at it.

After a long hot while, I took the van and children (ow. 7:50 PM. That was a long time, wasn’t it?) for a second trip to the parts store, with a side stop to get a nice assortment of cold drinks.  Hubby stayed behind in the south Texas sun, still hard at work.

We delivered the additional parts and drinks and then beat it back to town a third time for a time-sensitive errand that could be salvaged out of our demolished schedule.  Still, my noble knight worked on alone in the sun.

Finally, the car was running again – but it wasn’t running right.  He called me and told me to make a third stop at the auto parts store before we met up with him again.  We spent even more money this time, giving thanks that they had all the needed parts in stock, and headed out once more into the wilderness.  (little ow.  sort of.  7:58 PM.  Not at all like the big ow when I paid the bill for the 3 round of auto parts.)

With the car just barely running, we limped home.  The 35 mile trip took over an hour, and it had been 5 hours since I left the house.  I had a sunburn on the back of my neck.  I still needed to go for groceries, although 3 other errands had been aborted for the day.

I choked down a bit of lunch at 3 or 4 o’clock and left again, this time in the van.

OK, I’m bored.  Are you?  Here’s the thing: I had that string of semi-painful, good strong contractions on the way home and when I walked in the door it more or less quit.  Now it’s the same old, same old.  Braxton Hicks contractions, every 12-20 minutes, nothing significant.  Oh well.  It’ll probably be 3 more weeks.  Unless it picks up again late tonight.

Tomorrow is my next (last?) prenantal checkup.  Maybe 150 miles in the car will trigger some good contractions.


  1. Heather,
    Thank you. I almost forgot to come back and answer that question!
    I’ll just add that all of the children are in descending order of age from left to right, starting over a second time with those being held. Is that clear as mud? 😉

  2. Happy Mom says:

    Oops didn’t answer the whole question. The girl in arms is their youngest daughter.

    Thanks again Kim for sharing your family with us, ours is blessed by yours!

  3. Happy Mom says:

    Tracy –

    I’m not Kim 🙂 but as a frequent lurker (infrequent commenter) on this blog I can answer your little girl’s question!

    All of the people in the picture are Kim & Perry’s children. They currently have 7 daughters and one son “on the outside,” plus their 9th child who’s enjoying his or her last few hours? days? weeks? surely not months? inside Kim’s womb.

    Currently their son, Perry is the youngest child, though he’s about to enjoy big-brotherhood.

    HTH! Heather

  4. Hi Kim, I keep checking back to see if anything has happened. It seems with each birth I become less sure if this is”it”. With our last one, our 7th, we went to the hospital 3 different times before the real deal!

  5. Great story. I can really envision that because parts of it have all happened to me at some time or another. Just not all at once when I was pregnant.

    Blessings these final weeks! 🙂

  6. Kim, how’s it going?? I’m anxious to hear if you wound up going into “true” labor or not! Did you have your baby?! 🙂

  7. I love hearing these stories it makes me feel so normal. I always have one good spell of labor which I call the midwife and she comes and I dilate to about a 4 or a 5 and then it completely stops. Then about a week later I finally start contractions again and this time we normally have a baby. I told my midwife this time I didn’t want to call her with the first set but since she is 3 and a 1/2 hours away she said she wants to be called because every baby is different. Please keep us updated with what is going on it helps us other mommies feel normal and have such fond memories of our deliveries. Be blessed, Susan

  8. So, it’s Thursday morning. You say you usually start labor on Thursdays. I’m guessing if there was anything to update us on after yesterday’s adventure, it would already be posted, right?

  9. Cherish says:

    Thank goodness for a husband who’s handy! Mine would have said, call AAA to tow you somewhere.

  10. Wow! What a woman! I am amazed that you were able to write about your ‘adventure’ without a hint of complaining! I hope Baby comes soon; I think those last few weeks of waiting are soo hard,

  11. Margaret says:

    Wow, you have the wildest car stories!

    Guess I’ll have to visit more often now to check whether you had the baby yet. 🙂

  12. Tracy in NC says:


    Can you please answer a question my sweet Sarah (6) has been asking? In the picture at the top of your blog, is the child you are holding younger or older than the little one standing at the end-on the right? Sarah counts them off each morning and we can’t decide which one is number 6 and which one is number 7(She counts you in there too.)

    We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of your new little one. We’re praying for his/her safe arrival.

    Tracy in NC

  13. Man I am now exausted after reading about your day. I was hoping for a baby today on my birthday but guess not huh?
    Hope you have a better rest of the week. I despise car trouble.

  14. Don’t you love the guessing game toward the end? You seem so laidback, but I drive myself (and everyone around me) a little crazy as I get close to the end. I’m 34 weeks and was just taken off bedrest today. I haven’t had my usual contractions for a couple of weeks, so now I’m wondering if I’ll make it to full term for once. I feel bad hurrying these last couple of weeks, and I know I’ll miss being pregnant once I’m not anymore, but I am SO eager to see this baby.

  15. I’m thinking of you this evening and hoping you are doing well.

  16. LOL! That story was funny to read about but probably not so funny in real life. Either way, thanks for sharing! Bless you.

  17. I have had strong labor like contractions with most of mine weeks to a couple of months beore. Last summer I took the kids to VBS across town in rush hour traffic in the hot June sun everyday for a week. By the time I got there, ate and then start wrangling Katie I would start with sever back ache and contractions. Everyone I would talk with would tell me that I would be having that baby any day. Hahahshaha It was well over a month later and by c-section.

  18. Angela H. says:

    You are so funny, Kim! I’ll pray that you get your wish and give birth two weeks from tomorrow. 🙂 Also, do you still think he’s a he????? And, have y’all settled on names either way? Just curious….

    God bless,

  19. Being a multipara definitely makes it difficult to know when one is going into labor! When I had my first two children, I never had a single contraction until it was the real deal- full fledged labor! Before my thirdborn was born, I had contractions for a solid month. I would have a few hours of five-minute apart contractions, and then I could go an hour or so without a contraction. With my last baby, I had a difficult time discerning when to call my midwife. I did not want my midwife to arrive at my house, and have to twiddle her thumbs. I also did not want the baby to be born unassisted. She was with me for 9 hours before I birthed my dd. I am praying for you, Kim. By the way, the contraction timer, may be useful to you: Blessings!

  20. Your mysterious due dates crack me up! I know it’s always a best guess for any pregnancy, and it’s rare for a woman to deliver on her due date, but still! Too funny.

    I hope that whenever your baby decides to come, you have a pleasant and speedy labor & delivery. Also, I hope that you’re home and not at the grocery or whatever. 🙂


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