It all started on Christmas Day (safe to say I thought I was totally having a Christmas baby), I had started to feel some slight cramping. I ignored it all day, only because they weren’t painful cramps, more of like an ‘ooo, this is kind of uncomfortable’ cramps. Later that night after I had spent the day with family, Jordan and I got back home and the cramping(really they were contractions, but I was in denial that they were contractions so I kept saying they’re just cramps) started to get closer and closer together. They were still very, very sporadic in how far apart the contractions were so I knew there was so need to go to the hospital just yet. I tried to get some sleep and I woke up about every hour from the contractions, so I rarely got any sleep. The next morning the contractions were getting a lot closer together(still not close enough to go to the hospital yet), and a lot more painful. All day until around 3 I finally called my mother and Jordan’s mother because the cramps(contractions) were about every 7-9 minutes, and they told me, “Miranda, you’re in labor!” Yet I still didn’t believe them! I was in complete denial! Finally after getting off the phone with them I told Jordan, “let’s get ready, I think it’s time to go to the hospital.” We left around 5:30 and got to the hospital around 6:10, on the way down there I was having contractions every 5 minutes. I went up to Labor and Delivery & started getting triaged and they checked to see if I was dilated; when they checked I was only between 1-2 cm dilated. Even though I felt like I was so ready to have this baby! 😂 They called my OB and instead of going back home, she recommended that I walk for 2 hours, 2 HOURS, around the hospital. So, I began walking. First with my mother and Jordan’s mother, then with Jordan and his father. It was a big circle in labor and delivery, and every time I would make a lap, boom a contraction would hit. There’s no way to clearly describe them, but they are pretty painful to the point where I couldn’t walk or talk. My contractions happened every 5 minutes, and the actual contraction lasted about 45 seconds. 45 seconds doesn’t seem that long, but once you’re there experiencing it, yeah it’s pretty long.. 😂 After 2 hours of walking Jordan and I checked back into triage, and my nurse checked me and this time I was about 3-4cm. So at least the walking did something instead of nothing. Lol. She called my OB and sure enough, I was admitted! All I could think about at that moment was, “EPIDURAL”.
Once we got into our room, my nurse Kim(which was amazing) got me all prepped and asked how soon, if I wanted the epidural, I said, “Um, now.” & we laughed. This was around 10:00 o’clock p.m. She told me I had to get a whole bag of fluids in my system before we could do so, and it would take about 30 minutes. Longest 30 minutes of my life… It was 10:30 p.m and my anesthesiologist came in and it was finally time!! Wow, he was awesome. I had heard that epidurals can be painful, let me tell you, not as painful as those contractions 😂 I literally felt no pain with mine, I didn’t flinch or anything either. After a few minutes, I was numb. It was awesome. Hahaha. My nurse came in and this time it was around 11 and told Jordan and I to try to get some sleep and that she would check back up on me and to see if I had dilated any more. So, we knocked out and our parents slept in the waiting room (I heard they had the worst sleep, so I’m sorry guys) 😅
Finally, around 7:00 a.m the next morning they checked me again (I was checked multiple times through the night to see if I dilated) and we were getting close to push!!! It was around 8a.m and I was prepped to give birth. At this point there’s so many emotions filling up, excitement, nerves, everything. I began pushing at 8:10 a.m. The doctor mentioned to me that I may be pushing anywhere from 1-2 hours. I was thinking “oh great”. After pushing a few times with my OB, she left and said she would be back. At that point the nurses were coaching me and telling me when to push. I pushed twice with the nurses and at that point they told me not to push and to get the doctor in right away. YAY, he was coming quick!!! My OB, Dr. Kassam, came back in and was like “whoa , we’re having a baby! & just so you know, he’s got a head full of hair.” 😂😂😂🤣 after two more pushed I was instructed not to push anymore, the umbilical cord was actually wrapped a few times around Jeremiah’s neck, and his entire body. At that point I was pretty scared. I trusted my OB, and she handled that situation so effortlessly. She pulled him out, and at that point Jordan told me that our baby was pretty blue. AH 😔 To the point where he was even freaked out, and Jordan doesn’t freak out. Once Jeremiah was born, he wasn’t crying. Then I began to get even more nervous. But we were so blessed to have such amazing nurses who made the whole situation so much better. Finally , he started letting out some whines, and then the cry came. And all I could think was “my baby!!!” 💙💙💙💙 He was here!!! Born at 8:29 a.m on December 27th. Our lives changed forever. He was literally the most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid eyes on! He was ours! Jeremiah Daniel Batin 💙