(Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week - fairly uneventful. Last appointment she wouldn't play nice with moving so we got another U/S out of the deal but it showed she was doing just fine.)
We're at the hospital! We've been here since 10 last evening. Before that, I'd had regular contractions for about 5 hours and just wanted to wait long enough to make sure it wasn't a false alarm.
Things are going well. Have had very nice nurses (first the triage nurse, Laura, then our overnight nurse, Christy, and now our morning nurse LaHunta) and a great experience so far. Came in still at a 3 and we were at a 7 by 6 AM. They had to break my water for me at around 4:30. From 10 to 4:30 we managed without any meds although it was getting dicey. Then after my water broke...ye Gods! Toughed it out until 6 AM and then it was just at the point where I was shaking uncontrollably and just wearing myself out, so we decided to go with an epidural even though I'd wanted to try to get by without. GREAT decision. I have a great dose going right now and still have control over my legs pretty well but can get through the contractions without wanting to die.
The on-call doc was my own doctor's partner but she went off duty at 8 and my own doctor is on duty now - yay for that! She just visited and we're now at a 9 and +2 and totally effaced. The nurse predicted we'll be able to start pushing in another 2 hours or so and have a baby by lunchtime. To say that I'm excited would be an understatement.
When my water broke, a bunch of meconium came out and so baby will have to be suctioned and such, but all else is well! I'll post an update once she's here and we're moved upstairs to our room!