And we’re off!

Today’s the day – at least, things are really starting today.  Of course there are no guarantees that it will all be over before the stroke of midnight.

I woke up around 6 AM with contractions every 15 minutes.  This was nothing unusual but these were just a little stronger and more regular than any I’ve had with this pregnancy, and after 6 or 8 of them I was pretty sure I was in early labor.  I don’t usually start in the morning so I’m not at all sure what to expect from this day, but as soon as I got up and moved around contractions went from a steady 60 seconds long and 15 minutes apart to a very frequent but irregular crampy feeling, impossible to time as individual contractions.  I had a snack, showered, dressed, and lay down again for a few minutes.  I wasn’t trying to slow things down, but decided I would much rather have regular measurable contractions than constant discomfort.  It felt so unproductive, and was already making my back ache.  Lying down brought the contractions back to regular 10-15 minute intervals.

Perry took all the kids to work with him today to give me some peace and solitude.  We’ve both learned that I’m like the watched pot that never boils: my labors just don’t progress when I have a large and eager audience.  The plan: I’ll give my midwife a heads-up call in a few minutes, vacuum my bedroom, eat a snack, and see how I feel.  Maybe I’ll unpack a box or load my very own dishwasher.  There’s plenty of puttering to do in our new house!



  1. How exciting!

  2. How exciting!

  3. Yay! So excited for you! Hoping your labor is text book for you and that it goes quickly. More reading material for you, here’s a link to my labor story (it’s at the end of the post):

  4. Oh I’m so excited! And prayerful!

  5. I have tears in my eyes I am so happy/excited for you. You and your family are about to be blessed with another baby! Thank the Lord for Vision Forum, and your husband’s family friendly job. 🙂
    My assistant midwife delivered her fifth child solo because her labor went very quick. Oh yes and her husband was watching the other 4 and “may” have called the midwife two hours later than he was supposed to. 🙂 I hear that my midwife answered the phone to, ” don’t tell my wife I forgot to call you!” 🙂 Everyone was just fine and they told me this story at my fifth home birth a few months later. And yes my assistant midwife was laughing too! 🙂

  6. Enjoy your day at home–and we pray that labor and delivery will both go very well for you!

  7. Ooh ooh oooh~ Exciting!!!! I’ll be praying for you throughout the day and checking back in for updates! I LOVE labor stories and I can’t wait to read yours and meet Baby Boy!!!

    Congratulations on your new home!!!

    We are expecting Baby #9 in the spring!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!

    Okay. Moxie! Courage! Strength! Peace!!!! AMEN!

  8. Aww, I’m a bit jealous. I’d love for today to be the day for me too, but baby girl seems to be content to hang out in there. You’re the last of my “friends” with due dates around mine to go into labor so I’m feeling a bit left out. Oh well, 41 weeks tomorrow!

    • If it’s any comfort my longest pregnancy (41 weeks and three extra torturous days) Yes I need credit for every single one 🙂 was my shortest easiest labor. I am sorry you are the last one to labor I did that too and that is no fun. Hugs!

  9. Cindy in GA says:

    Yay for baby day!! I’m thankful you’re in town now with help not far away when you need it. I hope you’re able to relax a bit between ctx today!

  10. Woo hoo 🙂 I have said that before about me and a being a watched pot, so happy puttering.

  11. Did you decide on seperate posts? Or should I just leave this one up and hit reload every hour?
    Congratulations and good luck!:D

    • I was wondering the same thing. 🙂 I’ll do both until I hear. Such an exciting time!

    • Shannon, I’m thinking I’ll do separate posts but not too often. Maybe every hour or two? I really don’t expect to progress quickly, so I’ll just hit publish when it’s been a while or I really have something to say.

      • Sounds great! I thought each baby happens quicker, shorter labor? Maybe not, I know mine where all induced and went from 10 hrs with my first to 5 hrs with my 3rd:D

        • Shannon, the really intense part of labor has gotten shorter for me, but I never seem to move quickly in the beginning.
          Besides, I can’t remember the last time I had a daytime labor so I’m kind of operating under the assumption that my body will wait until night before we really get down to business. Maybe laboring in an empty house will be different, though.

  12. yeah!!! praying for you! you will do great and I just bet its going to go quick xo

  13. Liz, yes you can!

  14. P.S. does anyone know if you *Can* switch to a midwife mid pregnancy?

  15. Hoping all goes well! Praying for you, and hoping you have a blessed day of letting things progress! I kind of am in awe of the early warning. My Labors all progress so quickly I am in genuine fear of having the baby at an inconvenient time/spot. I am wishing I had a midwife and was planning a home birth, because I don’t think I will make it to the hospital! Praying all goes well, and that is really great that your hubby can take the kids to work with him!:)

  16. Only at Vision Forum can you bring all 10 of your kids to work. :0) LOL My last labor (May) was different than my other two in that all I had was some lower cramping, and not the full-belly contractions I was used to. It took my husband forcing me to call the midwife just in case, but I thought for sure she would laugh at me not knowing if I was in labor. And I don’t think she believed me either, especially because I felt amazing and was in the greatest of moods (that made me really nervous! haha). But alas, I was already at 7cm w/out a contraction (~ 1.5 hrs after it all started). Water broke soon after and all I could think about was how I wasn’t even going to be tired after I had the baby! …And I’ll save you the details of how a cervical lip left me at 9.5 cm for another 1.5 hours… 😉
    Praying for a safe and quick delivery for you! (I always get the ‘I’m not ready!’ right before labor!)

  17. C’s bday is today! Before midnight would be great!

  18. Praying that all goes well for you and baby. Good luck and God bless!

  19. Did you call the midwife yet? Don’t make me do it.

  20. Marybeth Taylor says:

    Congrats, Kim! My contractions have also begun. I think our baby’s may share this birthday.

  21. Woohoo!! Praying for you, if you’re still wanting to read some birth stories mine are here:

    Dalas – eagerly awaiting baby pictures 🙂

  22. Sounds similar to the way my labor started a week ago today! I’ll be praying for you and checking for updates. Hope all goes well and you have a baby in your arms soon. 🙂

  23. P&PT’s for a smooth and easy labor!

  24. Yay! I have a word for you–let gratitude overwhelm your fear this whole labor. Just think of the women who cannot have children and experience the miracle of bringing them into the world. You have been given a precious gift from on high. Bless you!

    • Lindsey in Al says:

      Thank you for this, Melanie. I still have 19 or so weeks to go until #6 arrives but I needed to hear this. Thank you,

  25. Awesome. Praying for you 🙂

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