Re: "Earlier" babies... did you know labor was coming?
I went into labor a little early (36 w, 2 d) and had no idea. Labor just came suddenly (I had had no brazton hicks, I was spotting brown a tiny bit because DS and I DTD the night before, but I didn't think much of it) It was a crazy feeling! I had a homebirth and we were no where near prepared. We actually had to call friends to go buy us plastic (for the bed and under the tub) and a few other things. I had it so set in my head that I'd go late.
K&K My little firecracker
Lennon 10.09, crying before he fully emerged
and My little sweetheart
Indi 6.12, born smiling