Is This Labor?

A year ago today was filled with a volatile mix of emotions.  Starting around four or five in the morning I began having strong enough contractions that they woke me up in pain.  There was such excitement in the midst of the pain, hoping, expecting to meet our son – it is the expectation of meeting your child that makes labor okay, but only okay.  As a first time mom I did not know what to expect with labor the books, doctor’s office pamphlets and articles online are not a great indicator of what will happen.  Some mom’s have labor so bad and there are horror stories, while others share this romantic story of how their sweet, perfect baby came into this world in a peaceful no big deal kind of way.  The best Ian and I could do was guess on things, so when my contractions continued to grow stronger and closer together we thought it would be best to go to the hospital. Continue reading