33 weeks – and contractions

April 16, 2009

I awoke around 2 a.m. this morning with what I can only call a REAL contraction. It started slowly – a seizing up in my lower abdomen, building up to a strong, crunching cramp that had me biting my fist and trying furiously to remember my breathing exercises. Finally, I shot up in bed, and sitting seemed to ease the pain somewhat. Finally, after what seemed an eternity (but was probably around 90 seconds) the cramping eased away, and I collapsed back into bed.


And then, I woke up again, about fifteen minutes later. Cramp cramp cramp building, burning….. I grabbed Matt’s shoulder to try to ground myself (thankfully, he didn’t wake up – I probably would have freaked him the hell out). Back arched, trying not to holler, but fucking OWWWWWWW OWWW OWW OWW OWW.

(Biskit chose this moment to express her enthusiasm by kicking my side furiously.)


And then, total, complete relief. Back to sleep.

On it went, every 12 or 15 minutes, for another hour and a half. In between contractions, I ran to the bathroom to refill my water glass, downing 32 ounces at a time to try to stop the pains. No such luck! Finally, I fell asleep after a contraction around 3:30 a.m. and didn’t wake up again until 7 a.m. They had stopped on their own.

Baby girl, I am as eager as anybody in the world to meet you, but PLEASE, for the love of God, stay put for a few weeks longer. You still need to bake — mature those lungs, and fatten those little legs and arms — and once you’ve done that, then we can talk about setting up our first face-to-face meeting.



5 Responses to “33 weeks – and contractions”

  1. Phil Says:

    I would have freaked out.

    Our girls were born the day of 34 wks. – all went well, but a few more weeks would’ve been easier on them.

  2. Phil Says:

    P.S. The above is not an endorsement to not tell Matt when something is going on…

  3. artemisia Says:

    hey baby of lucy, stay in the oven just a little longer. though we are really looking forward to meet you all be it virtual (for now)

  4. Lucy Says:

    Phil– I only didn’t wake Matt up because he’s been sleeping like shit lately, and my only thought was to let him keep sleeping as long as possible. I wasn’t exactly thinking rationally! But yes – the longer she bakes, the better.

    Artemisia — You tell her! 🙂

  5. MKD Says:

    Bad, Biskit. Bad!

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