With my first child, I knew it was the big day when my water broke so I just assumed that it would happen that way again. But I found out about a week before I delivered that the water breaking BEFORE the contractions begin only happens to a small percentage of people. So I quickly downloaded an app to help track and measure my contractions for when the time came. The last night before Amelia arrived, I went to sleep around 10 or 11pm and woke up around 1 or 1:30am when my husband came to bed. We chatted for a bit and then I had a hard time going back to sleep. I’ve been having a lot of Braxton-Hicks and with my belly getting bigger, it was getting more and more uncomfortable. I switched positions, used the toilet, walked around a bit and yet the tightness was still not going away enough for me to doze back to sleep. By 2:30am I was starting to feel like this may be it. I started to negotiate with my daughter that it’s not time yet and she should wait another week or so. Then as time went by, I negotiated to, ok how about at least wait till the morning so I can get some rest. At this time, I was checking the time and it seemed regular but not uncomfortable so I wasn’t too worried. Around 3am I started using the app to track the contractions. Once I realized that I was having to breath through them a bit because it felt more like a cramp rather than just tightness in my belly and once I saw that it was coming pretty regular, I woke up my snoozing husband and said “honey, I think the baby is coming soon” “how far apart are the contractions?” I show him the graph on my phone for the 30 minutes of contractions I kept track. “OMG we gotta go!” so he went to action, calling his mom so she can come watch our older daughter and the doctor (since I delivered so quickly last time, he said to call him right away). By the time we got in the car, I was having pretty strong back pain, making turns and stop and gos in the car incredibly uncomfortable.