Saturday, November 7, 2009

Water, Water, Everywhere!

I know, enough with the pregnant stories already! But bear with me. It seems it is influencing every aspect of my life right now, and so that is basically all I have on my mind. Besides, I need to remember how I feel this time so next time when I am 11 months pregnant I can look back and say "Oh yeah, I remember that."

The house was quiet. I knew that I only had one chance to shower. I also knew if I lingered, my chance would come and go faster than a sneeze if I didn't act immediately. I grabbed my terry cloth robe and quietly stepped into the bathroom. I had to be quiet because Keith is a light sleeper and was just on the other side of the wall. I visited "my friend John" and relieved myself, then stepped into the shower, once again enjoying the heat as it pricked my skin. I love hot showers! I love letting the water fall over and around me, the steam slowly rising up and filling the bathroom like a symphony. That is one of my favorite things in the world. With my eyes closed I stood and let the stresses that had been building up just wash off and disappear down the drain. Suddenly I felt it. An extra rush of water. My eyes popped open and my shower was ruined.

I didn't know if my water had broken or if I had just had some extra liquid stored up in my bladder. I didn't feel that familiar urge at all, but it hadn't been enough water to warrant going to the hospital saying my water had broken. Nor was I feeling any pain. My mind rushed through every possibility and worry, expectation, and excitement crawled out of the drain they had been washed down, and back up to perch on my shoulders like stresses will do. My mind had a new obsession. I finished my shower much quicker than I had hoped to, and called Jeffrey just to give him the heads up. If my water had broken, I would probably have to rush to the hospital. But I wasn't having any pains. So I had to watch. And all the peace and tranquility I was hoping for took one last look at me and left, laughing.

What had happened? The nearest I can figure is the baby jumped just right on my bladder and forced liquid out of my body, thus creating a sensation like broken waters. But really, I can just go down in the books as yet another pregnant woman who had the false alarm. The "I thought my water broke, but really I just peed my pants" story. And now I am open to mocking. For this time only. As I know that most pregnant women go through this, and I am not alone, and there are probably a million and a half stories similar yet worse than mine. I am just glad I wasn't standing in line at the grocery store. And I hope it doesn't happen again, because really, no warning at all.


13 comments:

The West Family said...

As I was reading this, I was thinking, "Yay! Amy got her weekend wish!". But then I got to the the final paragraph. Bummer. Hang in there!!!

Tisha said...

When my water broke with James in the middle of the night, Dave DIDN'T believe me. He kept saying that I probably just peed and to go back to bed. Oh, the things our body does to us!

Sue said...

Hey, at least you were in the shower, right?

;)

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

I'm kind of wondering how I'll know too. I kept having pains last night but nothing frequent and obvious so I guess its not labor yet. Hopefully getting closer though!

Chantel said...

When my water broke with Alicey it wasn't a huge gush of water (like you always see on TV) it was a slow leak. I wasn't even sure my water had broken because it was so slow until a visit to my OB confirmed it. With Avy, I just wore a pad for the last little bit just in case any sort of leaks occured but then I developed toxemia and had to be induced so they broke my water for me. Now that was a GUSH!!! The things we go through for these babies. Don't get me wrong, it's totally worth it but I don't think my bladder will ever be the same again. Hang in there! Not too much longer!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh my! I had no idea that could happen. I'm glad you're sharing these stories! I need to know all the fun I'm missing.

Noodle said...

I like that it was an easy clean up =D But I totaly understand the nerves going up and the tension just when you wanted to relax...

Chris and Francisca Hakes said...

LOL! At least you were not at church when it happened ;)

Lara said...

The things we go through to get our little ones here! And towards the end EVERYTHING is suspect!

My water was broken for 3 days before I really questioned what was happening. It was a very slow leak. But they confirmed it was amniotic fluid and were mad at me for not coming in earlier. I never did go into labor by myself that time, so they induced me. Ask about it at your next appointment if you still think it might be something or notice anything weird.

Emmy said...

Yes at least it happened in the shower!
When I was at the hospital in labor, after I got back to my room (they had me walking around the hallways) there was a moment where I was not sure if my water broke or if I totally peed myself, all over the floor.. so weird to have no idea what is happening like that and to have no control.

The West Family said...

Hey Amy...I saw your comment on my page and thought I would comment back over here. I didn't make holes in the bottle, however that would be pretty cool! I used beads as ornaments. The lights are inside the bottle. It is an awesome decoration!!!

mub said...

I totally dreamed you had your baby last night... maybe it's a sign! You won't need to be 22 months pregnant before she comes afterall ;)

Em said...

story of MY LIFE. story of my life...sigh. not a problem until the last month or so, but good grief, i'm awfully guarded about my coughs and sneezes now...