When we went to bed that night I discovered that those little cramps were pretty... regular. But they couldn't be labor because, Really? these don't hurt. They're not even uncomfortable. (We endo types often don't now how to labor - early stage labor is nothin' compared to the the days we spend completely drained and incapacitated every month we're not pregnant.)
So when it became clear that these ... cramps?... were taking place every three minutes and that was why I wasn't falling asleep and the hospital was over an hour away, we thought we should call our midwife who scolded us and told us to get to her house NOW and she would drive us to the hospital in her giant station wagon which had been the delivery room for more than one baby in its time.
We got stuck at a railroad crossing for 45 minutes on our way to Angi's. That was when we knew that I was really in labor because the laws of the universe are pretty clear on this point - if a pregnant woman who gets stuck behind a train she must either be in or about to go into labor.
To make a long story short, my labor never progressed beyond 3cm. By dinner time on the 12th, my mom took the clock off the wall of my room and carried it out to the nurses station so it could do its little 15 minute/half hour/hourly chimes SOMEWHERE ELSE. I got tired, I got sore, I got impatient but I never got to transition. That baby (who was facing backwards and who had her little foot crammed up in my ribcage the whole stinking 36 hours that I labored - probably hooked neatly around a rib so as to avoid making her entrance in any but the most dramatic way) was not coming out. Around 10:00 am on Friday, May 13th 1994, they prepped me and took me down for a c-section. I came to - shaking and miserable - to the ER nurse bending over me saying "You have a BEAUTIFUL little girl!"
And she was beautiful. And feisty. When I finished my post-op shaking, they brought her to me screaming. She wouldn't nurse. I sang to her. She looked up - right into in my eyes - and instantly became calm. We've been getting along fairly well ever since.