Well last week we had our first trip to Labor and Delivery. At this point with E I had been several times but we have managed to avoid it so far this go around. After we went back to work after Spring break, that Monday I began to have a lot of pain. It got worse as the day progressed and I was having what I thought were contractions quite often. By the end of the day I could barely walk and called Travis to come home. The DR advised us to go up to the hospital to get monitored. I wish I could say it was a lovely experience but it wasn't. I honestly expected to hear I had kidney stones and be sent on our way after an hour or so. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and we were there for over 5 hours. I was indeed having contractions...a lot of them in fact. They gave me fluids by IV and got the contractions to slow down enough to go home. I was ordered on bedrest until my scheduled appointment Thursday. So I spent the next 3 days lounging. Thursday we went back to the doc and she did an ultrasound. Lottie weighs in around 5 pounds 6 ounces and we were given the opportunity to try again to work. I could go back to work as long as the contractions didn't return. So Friday I went back to work...the day started off okay but by lunch was hurting pretty badly. By the end of the day I was in a lot of pain and it took about 4 and half hours to get the contractions to slow down. We were timing them at anywhere from 3 to 12 minutes apart. So I am off work the remainder of my pregnancy and we are having to adapt to a "new" normal. The hardest part so far has been telling Essie I wouldn't be at school with her every day and accepting that I will miss out on a lot of things. But it will all be worth it in the end when lil Lottie arrives...hopefully closer to her due date.