Hey, folks. So, doing okay. Cramps got worse again last night, but not really bad enough to be worrisome, or even to stop me from sleeping; I got about six hours of sleep, so feeling okay today, and the cramps are mild again this morning. Was a bit worried about swollen abdomen last night, but tried not to obsess about it.
Did come up with a new theory -- maybe baby's kicking the fibroids? That might explain why it seems to be so much stronger at night -- maybe that's when baby wakes up and decides to jump around a lot? I haven't felt any baby movement yet, what they call 'quickening' -- some women feel it this early, but many don't feel it for a few more weeks, especially with a first child. It would be so ironic if what's supposed to be this wonderful, reassuring movement by baby is actually causing all this scary pain. Hm. Need to ask my doctor when I get back whether my theory makes any sense or is just a load of hooey. :-)
Anyway, thanks for the supportive comments and e-mails; they really do help tremendously, especially right now when I'm feeling so far from home. Thankfully, I'm now staying in London with Elaine (a friend but practically a cousin) and her sister Angie (who's also visiting), and it's just really nice being in a close friend's home and having them offering me clementines and hot water bottles and making me tea. Hugely reassuring.
Quick note for those wanting to call -- umm, you can't easily, 'cause Elaine doesn't have a land line. I could borrow her cell, and probably will tonight to call my mom and Kev (and if you know my mom, please don't mention all this to her, because it'll just worry her unnecessarily), but otherwise, e-mail is best for reaching me the next few days. I'm stealing wifi from the neighbors, and it's a bit spotty (works for an hour, then doesn't for a few hours), but I do seem to get some connectivity every day, so is good enough, I think. But no worries; I really do think I'm fine now.
Although baby, if it *is* you kicking, well, you could stop now. Or at least tone it down a little. (Baby's not even born yet, and already I'm asking hir to turn the music down... :-)