This whole pregnancy thing is soo complicated, and explanations are soo varied. We’ve pieced together what’s happening.
This post sums it up pretty well. There are three stages to labour.
- build up
- pushing and birth
- delivering the placenta
The first stage has multiple phases (2 or 3 depending who you ask), but given how variable it all is, the distinction between the two phases of the first stage seems somewhat arbitrary.
Anyway, Caroline has been having irregular contractions for a few days, but because Oscar is a little bit back-to-back she feels the contractions in her back, rather than her front. They’ve been fairly strong since yesterday evening.
We don’t know how long it’ll be before we need to go to hospital. It could be in a few hours, or maybe I’ll be back at work on Monday and we’ll still be waiting! (Every day this week it’s been a surprise that I’m at work.)
For now, we’re gonna chill and play Lego Star Wars (in short bursts between contractions).