It is entirely possible that Baby Jellybean could arrive tomorrow.
Here's the story -
I woke up to a message on my phone from our nurse at the doctor's. As I said, Doctor has been out of town since last week and didn't see my Toco strips from yesterday or Tuesday. She's heard some of it over the phone, but everything has been covered by her partner and the nurse midwife. Well, I have to go in for a NST tomorrow at 8:00am (the minute the office opens).
Instructions: do not eat or drink prior to the test (from midnight on). Do not take heparin in the morning. Prepare to have the NST and go directly to the hospital if necessary for C-section. I'm not entirely sure if the concern is with the baby or with all of my freakin' huge contractions, but either way, this is very exciting. We could have a baby tomorrow. At the latest, we'll have one on Friday, though :)
The tough part is informing my parents of this kind of situation. They were prepared for Friday and ready to go, but tomorrow makes it a bit trickier. I figure we'll know by about 8:30 or 9am whether we have another day to go or it's time, but they have a 2.5 hour drive from the time I say go. Plus, they'll be at work when I call. My dad doesn't care much - he's at a point in his career where he can just say "Toodles" and walk out. My mom, however, is a speech therapist at an elementary school and it's a little harder for her. So, while I'm very excited with the idea that it could be tomorrow, I feel badly that it's going to be a bit more complicated for them.
So, stay tuned. Either tomorrow or Friday will be the big day. Personally, I prefer the 17th so that I don't confuse Jellybean and Katie's birthday eternally (since I went into the hospital with Katie on the 18th, I still confuse her birthday with the 18th and 19th).