Low and behold, 1:30 rolled around and I had to go to the bathroom and I couldn't go back to sleep because the contractions were getting a little stronger. Just before 2:30 we dropped Eden off at our friends house and we drove off to make the trek to the hospital. It took us about an hour to get to the hospital and they immediately put us in a triage room to see what kind of progress I was making. My contractions measured about an average of 3 minutes apart and they were staying regular. The only problem was that I was only dilated 3cm and wasn't considered to be in active labor until I was 4cm. I couldn't get a room until I was in active labor...ugh. They told me that I should go for a walk and come back in 2 hours. So that's what we did - we walked and we did stairs and we got breakfast.
Two hours came and went and I was still only 3cm. The good news was that it was almost shift change, so we went and walked again and then went back to triage. It was almost 8:00am and we were finally awarded a hospital gown! I was 4cm and my cervix was thinning out more and more. I couldn't have been more relieved. I did not want to go home to have to come back because it was happening and I knew that was for sure.When they put us in a delivery room the nurse wrote Hunter his first birthday wishes on our dry erase board! You can't read it too well, but the top right of the board says "Happy Birthday Hunter!"