I'm having a hard time distinguishing where they start and end - another sign they're probably not the real thing. This is something I worry about though. I know everyone says I'll know when It's Happening and I promise I don't have some illusion that a baby is going to fall out of me without me realizing I'm in labor. That said, I'm nervous that I'll miss the early stages and end up with little warning before things get intense. The baby feels so big that sometimes I can't tell if what I'm feeling is a contraction or just the baby pressing out from the inside. Also, I've been having contractions here and there for weeks and I've used each one as an opportunity to practice the hypno.birthing techniques to the point that they really don't feel that dramatic or painful to me anymore. Again, I get it: Real labor contractions will likely be a hundred thousand times more intense than what I'm feeling now and I'll laugh at myself for ever thinking there could be ambiguity there. Be patient with me. This is my first time around the track and I don't know what to expect. All of our hypno.birthing materials emphasize that contractions aren't inherently painful if you aren't afraid of them. What if they're right?
I'm well aware that this "problem" I'm describing above is most people's best case scenario (not realizing you're in labor until you're halfway done), and it's mine too in many ways. On the flip side, I have a short to-do list for early labor and I'd like as much notice to start in on it as possible. Also, if there are any warning signs that we will be in actual labor tomorrow or the next day, I'd just like to have the benefit of noticing them, you know?
Anyway, please consider this a no-news post. I'm just rambling because I said I'd post every day and this is what's going on in my world at the moment. I'll let you know when It's Happening, which will be totally unmistakable and different than the irrelevant little muscle cramps I'm experiencing now. ;-)