FIVE HOURS in the labour ward today. Longer still if you count waiting for room, trying to find unit, trying to find money for carpark, trying to sort out paperwork, and waiting for medication.
I have an infection, and strong antibiotics in the hopes that said infection will go away and not precipitate birth. Still having contractions, but not so far dialated much - wait, is that TMI for a public post? Nah, probably not...
Of course, after being really still and sleepy all day, the baby went mad as soon as I was on monitoring. So it's OK in there, even if it really didn't like having people listen in on it, and tried every trick it could think of to evade the monitor.
Very very tired. Too tired to be very stressed any more in fact; say what you like about hospitals, the air of hurrying nowhere fast saps my ability to think too much. The midwives were lovely. The doctor was slightly offhand but really very kind and at least explained things when I asked (though looked confused about why I'd be asking questions).
Everyone I met today (who without exception wanted my full obstetric history out of me) raised eyebrows at Morgan's homebirth and expressed some form of admiration. The midwife we saw last of all gave the hugest conspirital grin when I asked about the antibiotics and breastfeeding, clearly delighted. It's quite sweetly funny, to be in a setting where my "normal" apparently makes me some sort of hero of the faith. ;)
Anyway, contractions not strong enough to stop me sleeping. NOTHING could stop me sleeping right now. I've given the baby a good talking to about refusing to budge until I was stuck in a bed in the labour ward, and also informed it that it is GOING to stay in there for the next four weeks after which it can please itself.
Thankyou to everyone who has been thinking of us and looking after us. Especially Naomi, who has posted off her doppler to me and has been worrying alll day (hugs). And Emma, whose house my children trashed this afternoon (and who bought us Pizza for tea). But all of you - knowing you were all here meant more than you can imagine.