Nov'15 mommy's who have given birth

Sherrell • Mother to a beautiful princess and one on the way. Lion of God & Heavenly Flower.
I know you must all be busy with your new bundles of joy but if any of you wouldn't mind sharing some insight that would be awesome!! 
I have a few questions, 
Before going into labor were you dilated at all? for how long? What week; etc? 
Any of you had your membranes swept? Was it effective? The first time, or how many times? 
Did you feel as though you would labor soon? Or was it out of no where?
I knooooow everyone has a different experience, would just love to hear them!