I had my 36 week appointment today and it looks like baby may make an early arrival!! Doc said she doesn't usually check for dilation at 36 weeks yet, but I told her about my experience yesterday and that changed her mind. I was in a meeting at work and suddenly felt a gush of some sort. When I checked it was lots of mucous tinged with blood. I had the same thing a week ago and my doc's alternate checked me then (no dilation 75% effaced). The gush was followed by some pretty decent contractions so I hurried home and they continued irregularly all night and this morning, with more mucous gushes and blood this morning.
So I got checked and I am 1 cm dilated and almost fully effaced!! I am so excited stuff is happening! The baby's head is also SUPER low, my doc was really surprised. The heart rate was a little lower than it was before (120) which she says can be a sign labour is be near.
After the cervical check (which I barely even felt) I started bleeding quite a bit and have been since (she warned me this might happen).
On a crappier note, my platelets are down further to just below 100, which is the (somewhat arbitrary) cutoff for some anesthetists for the epidural! Doc said that sometimes the stress of labour bounces them up a little though, so I might still be good.
While it's hard to tell what will actually happen, doc thinks baby could come any day and will definitely be here before christmas, and that this would be a good time to stop work (I work 1.5 hrs away from home) and get any baby items we still need! I am so excited, I hope she's right! I went to the store right after to pick up anything left on our list.
Getting very excited!!:D