I woke up one Saturday morning with an insane amount of energy. All I could think about was cleaning. This is very unusual because if I have extra energy, I use it to sew or go to the gym. From Saturday to Monday, I cleaned like a crazy woman. If I wasn’t cleaning, I was cooking. By Tuesday, every piece of laundry was finished, every floor was mopped, every closet cleaned, and even my sewing room was completely organized! Tuesday, I headed to the gym and got a pretty decent workout in for being 39 weeks and 6 day. By Tuesday evening I just started feeling that pre-labor yuck. No contractions, just emotional, crampy and discouraged. I woke up at 2:30 am on Wednesday with contractions that I knew were labor contractions. They did not hurt, were between 10 and 15 minutes apart and only lasted about 30 seconds. Dario immediately called the midwife because I have woken up with contractions like this in past pregnancies and had a baby in my arms an hour later! The midwife arrived shortly thereafter to check on me and slept on my couch until morning. I was able to sleep between a lot of the contractions and I was pretty rested when I woke up the next morning. When everyone was awake, the midwife checked me and decided to go home and get a shower and breakfast. I think she said I was barely dilated to 5cm and the baby was still pretty high. That morning I tried to go about my day as normally as possible while waiting for these contractions to turn into something hard. After lunch, I called the midwife and told her to go ahead and come over. The contractions were still 10 minutes apart and pretty short, but I wanted her to come give me some herbs or do something to help this labor pick up. The midwife arrived at 2:30 pm. The babysitter arrived at the same time to stay with the children downstairs. About 10 minutes prior to this, the contractions finally started to feel more intense, so I was so glad to see them both. For the next 30 minutes I had those hard, transition contractions that make you wonder why so many people have children. Dario and the midwife both did a great job of supporting me with counter pressure on my back, which is where I feel the pain of most contractions. Then, a few minutes after 3:00 pm, the midwife told me to start pushing with contractions “to take the edge off.” She took a few extra pushes to get out because her shoulders needed help rotating. About 5 minutes later, sweet little Hannah was born! She was a healthy sized baby, weighing in at 8 lbs, 8 ounces and she was 20.75 inches long. Surprisingly, I did not need any stitches, and so far, my recovery has gone very well.