This was written 3 hours after the big event! Tara is our 3rd baby, the first one born in the States. Her big brothers were born at home, when we were still living in the Netherlands.
Last Friday or Saturday I started losing my mucus plug. Monday night I felt light, irregular contractions (5 to 10 minutes apart). Nothing exciting yet. I could easily sleep through them (until Timmy woke up at 4am and decided it was time to get up. He fell asleep around 6am. I was still having light contractions).
Tuesday I felt light, irregular contractions during the day. I ran some errands. Around 8pm the contractions started to get stronger and I needed vocalizing to get through them. Looking back, this is where the real labor started, although I didn't realize it then. At 8.45pm Sander started timing and they were between 2 and 3 minutes apart and about 30 seconds long. I didn't really trust it yet, I thought it might be pre-labor since they were so short, even though they were strong.
Around 10pm I called the midwives and told them that things might be going on, but I didn't need them yet and I would call them when I would. One of the midwives said to get into a warm bath and see what that did to the contractions.
Into the bath (after Sander took out all the kids toys and scrubbed the tub) :-) The contractions got a little bit farther apart, about 3 minutes and were around a minute long now. At 11.10pm I couldn't handle them as well anymore and I asked Sander to call the midwives, who said they would be over. They are almost an hour's drive away from us..