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Erin and Isidro
Vaginal delivery, pitocin, GBS positive, no episiotomy

I went home from work early on the 26th, after I logged off StorkNet. I left the girls at the baby-sitter's for the afternoon so I could go home and rest a little. I got home and went to the bathroom and I noticed a little show and so I got excited and decided to take a nice warm bath. My husband got home from work and we went and picked the kids up and went to the park to go do some heavy duty walking. We walked for about 2 1/2 hours and nothing happened, so we went home and ate some dinner. I went to bed that night knowing that I was going to have to go to work the next morning, which at that time, I dreaded.

Around 10 p.m., I started having contractions and they were pretty regular, but not getting closer together, so I went out and watched TV until 5 a.m. I laid back down for about 3 hours and I decided that I was going to call into work and go get checked at the hospital. We took the girls to the sitters and my husband drove me to labor and delivery. I got hooked up on the monitors and they came and checked me and I was still at 2 cms. But 50% effaced and really soft. So I stayed on the monitors for about an hour. My doctor told the nurses to unhook me and they told me that I needed to go to the mall and walk for 2-3 hours, and to come back if the contractions got closer together. I dropped my husband off at work and I drove myself to the mall (had to stop 3 times due to the contractions), and walked for a couple of hours and then went home and ate lunch and took a bath and a little nap.

Around 4 p.m. my doctor was calling all over looking for me and finally got a hold of me on my cell and told me to get back right away to the L&D and get checked again. I went back to L&D and they checked me out and found me to be 3 cms and 80% effaced (after almost 3 hours of walking). I called my husband and he had to stay and finish a job and then would be at the hospital as soon as possible. My doctor decided that she was going to induce me. Being that I was Group B positive, they had to start the antibiotics first and than the pitocin. So they got me to a room and started the antibiotics and my doctor showed up soon after the antibiotics were through. She broke my water, put in 2 cables, one on the baby for his heartbeat and one for my contractions. They started the pitocin and checked me at about 6:45 p.m. and I was at a 5cm.

The nurse left the room to go call the doctor and let her know how I was doing and as soon as she left the room, I pulled the call button. She came running back in and I told her that she better check me again, because I felt like I had to push. She checked me and in less than five minutes, I was at eight cm. So they shut the drip off immediately and she ran out of the room to call four other nurses and to get my doctor on the phone and tell her to get there immediately. She came back in and I was at a nine and fully effaced. The baby's heart rate kept rising and so they put me on oxygen so he wouldn't go into distress. I was breathing really well through the contractions and then I needed to push. My doctor had not gotten there yet and so the nurse put her hand up inside of me and held the baby in place so that I wouldn't push him out. Well in two pushes my son's head was born and he had the cord wrapped around his neck and so they cut it and the rest of his body followed. He wasn't breathing really well on his own at first but as soon as they got his mouth and nose cleared out he let it be known that he had entered this world.

About 15 minutes later my doctor walked in the room and asked, "What are you doing?" and I told her "I just had a baby, where were you." She said that she had run every red light in order to get here in time. She took care of the rest of the stuff and was amazed that I didn't tear (which I hadn't torn with Vanessa either). The nurses told her that they didn't think I would go that fast, and my doctor looked at them and told them that I had let everyone know ahead of time that I was going to go fast. So September 27th, exactly 13 months apart from his older sister, Isidro Ramirez III (aka Chilo) made his way into this world at 8 lbs. 8 oz. and 22 inches long, with blond hair and blue eyes.

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