I am being forced to slow down. Yesterday, we slept in after our fun but exhausting pumpkin carving party, the kids did not wake at their usual time, so Marty and I were not going to get up, either. We finally rolled out of bad, and it wasn't very long until I noticed that I was having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. If you don't know, those are "practice" contractions that are painless, but can be very uncomfortable. Anyway, I laid down for a while, but no mommy can lay down in the same room as her kids and not be a human trampoline, so the contractions did not go away. When I started to feel a little twinge in my back (Warning! Warning! Huge red flag!) I finally had Marty take the kids out of the room to give me some peace, and they slowed down. I stayed vertical for a bit longer, but as soon as I got up, boom, they were back.
Normally, Braxton Hicks are nothing to worry about, but since I went into pre-term labor with the twins, I have to be extra careful as this means I am more likely to do it again. That time I spent in the hospital and on bedrest was relaxing and fun for about a day, but the following six weeks were really hard. I do not want to go through that again. I am still very, very grateful for everyone who helped me during that time, and certainly do not want to put all them through it again. So, we cancelled the dinner plans we had with our friends last night and I spent the day on the couch.
Today, I am feeling much more confident, however, I know that my horsey-riding days are over for a while. I am going to be taking it easier than I have been, and putting my feet up more. I feel sad that me window of feeling good is closing, I don't feel like I had a very big one, but that is OK. This kiddo is way too important to risk having him come premature. Today, we are having some of Marty's former co-workers over for dinner, and i am not going to clean as thoroughly as I normally would, and I am not going to feel bad about it, either. If anyone complains, I'll just hand them a rag and a bottle of cleaner. That'll shut them up!