We were sent to Labor and Delivery this past Saturday after I had been experiencing some severe rib pain for 2 days. They hooked me up to the monitor and also did a Non Stress Test. (A non-stress test is when they monitor baby's movements.) Karsyn was doing wonderful but apparently I was having some pretty regular contractions during my stay there. They were about 5-7 minutes apart and spiking pretty high on the monitor. When the nurse checked me she determined that I was 1-1.5 centimeters and 50-75% effaced! I couldn't beleive it when I heard that! I was certain that they were going to say "Long and Closed." They sent me home because they were getting stronger or closer and gave me pain meds for my ribs.
I am actually happy to know that I am progressing and that these Braxton Hicks have been making some changes in preparing my body for Miss Karsyn to arrive. We just would like her to stay put for a few more weeks so that she doesn't have to spend any time in the NICU. After our follow up appointment with Dr. Garner on Monday he put me on restricted work schedule which consists of 3 days per week and 4 hours per day. I am happy that I am at least able to work a little longer to keep that extra income coming in. And I know that my work is happy to have me to train until my leave begins. As long as everything stays the same and there is no significant change I am going to try to work as long as I possibly can.
I finally took some new belly pictures today so I will share them with you all. I look huge and exhausted but I guess at 8 1/2 months pregnant what can I expect. :)