After laying in bed for an hour, around 6 am I finally came to the realization that the contractions were not getting lighter and didn't think they were going to stop. I wanted to take a shower before heading out of the house (it had been a while, and I knew that if I went to the hospital, it was going to be at least a couple more days), so I cranked up the hot water in the shower and got in. As I took this nice, long, steaming-hot shower, the contractions seemed to get more and more mild. I assumed that it was just the heat of the shower making it not hurt as much though.
Then, I got out of the shower and proceeded to get dressed. By this point, I wasn't feeling the strong contractions at all so I thought about laying back down. I didn't lay down though because I assumed that those really strong contractions earlier REALLY meant that I was going to be going to the hospital that day and I could sleep when I got there so I went upstairs to write a couple of blogs that I had been thinking about and get a few more last-second things handled before the appointment.
So... in the few hours leading up to the appointment, things were as they had been over the past couple of weeks. Mild contractions, but nothing regular. I went to my appointment as scheduled, and the doctor checked me... still 1 cm and 90% effaced... just the same as I was 2 weeks ago! I was SOOO surprised! The only information that he added this time is that she's at "Station 2". So she's all locked-and-loaded, but apparently not quite ready yet.
So... I get to keep holding her in my tummy and playing our little secret games for at least a few more days. I'm kinda torn on the bed rest thing. At this point, I've been taking it easy so much the past couple of weeks that the tiniest things wear me out, but... I'm ready to get things moving! 37 weeks is Friday, so she'll be all cooked then. I did leave the house last night to attend a family "Life Group" meeting (like a Bible Study), but that didn't involve much effort on my part since Keith drove and I just had to eat dinner, then sit on a comfy couch to listen to the lesson/discussion. So, again, I'm torn... do I try to get out there and get all extra-active to get things moving or wait until Monday to start doing that because my doctor is not on-call this weekend!? Ugh!