I would love to hear what your experience was with early labor!

Over the past couple of days my braxton hicks contractions have been ramping up, and I have begun to get period-like cramps around the bottom of my uterus. Yesterday they got very regular and strong while I was up and moving around. At one point we were walking and I had to stop because it felt so intense!
They stayed regular through drinking water, taking a hot bath, and then sleep. They petered off this morning around 5:30 and have been sporadic ever since.