I had been having what I thought were Braxton Hicks contractions regularly for about a week before Camden arrived. As I've read more and more articles on birth and birth stories I learned that women can experience real labor contractions for weeks before delivering. I think I may be one of those women. There were many days in the weeks leading up to our due date that I thought I might be experiencing real labor. Two days before our due date I felt contractions coming on strong. They were strong enough that they would occasionally take my breath away. I felt like I was in real labor and luckily we had a doctors appointment that afternoon. We made sure our bags were packed and cleaned the house one more time. Come to find out, I wasn't dilated or thinned at all. Feeling discouraged, I sat in the doctor's office and cried. I didn't want to disappoint our families by having them leave without meeting their grandchild and I definitely didn't want to be the reason that Kolby didn't get the opportunity to lobby for the job position he wanted for the next year. I was feeling that pressure again and it certainly wasn't pressure that anyone had put on me, but pressure that I had put on myself. Looking back on it, I probably made things worse by worrying about when he would come. Stress is never beneficial for anyone, and especially not for a pregnant woman and a growing fetus.