So, back to Sunday morning. Dan stayed up way too late downloading and watching movies because he thought we’d be spending the next few days watching them. I went to bed at a good hour because I knew I would need all the sleep I could get. I woke up at 7:30 to what I thought was a contraction, but wasn’t all too sure, so I slept a bit more, and had one or two more and woke Dan up.
“I think I had a few contractions, let’s go for a walk and see if they go away.”
So we got ready pretty fast, we were full of excitement. I had a shower to see if the contractions would stop, my mom told me that was the best thing to do when they started, and they were still coming. We walked to a café and got donuts and coffee, I was antsy and wanted to move and keep my mind a bit distracted, and they were still coming, but not very strong. Dan started timing them, but some were so weak I’d tell him "I thiiiink I had a contraction?" At this point they were inconsistent, anywhere from 5-18 minutes apart, but by the time we got closer to home they started to get more consistent and more uncomfortable. I was definitely in early labor.
We got home and decided to try and start a movie, after about 20 seconds I made him turn it off, it was too distracting and I knew I had to start focusing. The contractions were getting stronger and I needed to start working with them. I knew they needed my full attention, and if I was going to do this drug-free, I had to listen to my body and be fully in tune with what was happening.
Dan helped massage my back which really helped and we hung out in the living room. Dan lit candles, put on Sister Brother’s 2 albums on repeat and gave our doula (Dan's sister Sarah) a call.
She was amazing. I just remember thinking through my whole labour that she was doing exactly what she needs to be doing, she’s so good at this! She really helped keep me focused, and by using different pressure points, and massaging she really helped me through my contractions, and it gave Dan a break too. She told us to keep doing what we’re doing, eat and get rest.