Anyway, our visit went very well. Measurements, blood pressure, heart rate, all of those things were fine. I had a routine test (I'll spare you the details), and Dr. Stafford quickly checked for "progress".
:: drum roll :: One centimeter down, nine more to go!
While this is extremely exciting, it's also well known that mamas can be dilated plenty further than that and still carry their babies around for another month. It isn't a good indicator at all of when actual labor could start. BUT it's still wonderful to know that things are moving in that direction!
Dr. Stafford said he was pleased with James' position and that things were looking "fantastic". He gave Jim his cell phone number, we made our appointment for next week, and off we went!
I have to admit, it feels a little surreal knowing that my body is initiating the steps toward actual labor and delivery... Lord Jesus, I need you. :)
Here's a helpful, albeit hilarious, diagram for you: