DISCLAIMER: I found this post I wrote several months ago on Knox's birth story, and I decided to post now just so I won't forget!
Around 34 weeks I started having contractions and cramping that I knew were different from the Braxton Hicks I consistently have with each pregnancy. The first time it happened was a Saturday night, and they kept me up all night. A little worried, but no biggie I figured since they did go away. Then the next week they popped back up a few times. I wasn't due for my next check-up until the next week, but when they called and reminded me of my appointment, I told them what was going on and the midwife wanted me to come in right away. They monitored me for a little while, then decided to send me to the hospital for monitoring and fluids. I spent a few hours there, contractions maintained, and then they decided to send me home. When I went back the next week (the day before Thanksgiving), I told the midwife things hadn't really changed. They offered to test me for a urinary infection since that could be causing cramping, but I knew that wasn't causing the cramping.
This little stinker was my longest labor by far, and definitely gave us quite the scare. Because he was fairly early (actually considered pre-term because he was born just before 37 wks), his little lungs weren't quite ready and he was in respiratory distress when he was born. Knox spent 9 days in the NICU, during which he was under an oxygen dome, was on the ventilator for a bit, on a highflow cannula, had a feeding tube, in iv in his head, and eventually under the lights for jaundice. His little eyes were so swollen shut that we never saw both his eyes until we brought him home (9 days old). Even though he was so early, he still weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz, so we always had a good laugh at our giant preemie!