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June 8, 2020 was Elijah's due date but God had other plans for our little man. Elijah Mitchell Ransburg was born on February 17, 2020. His mother, Jessica and father, Mitchell were born on March 17 and September 17, you could say God's timing makes you smile. In the wee hours of Thursday, February 13, Jessica was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance to the nearest hospital. After a few hours there, they were able to transport her again by ambulance to her primary doctor.
Once settled in her new room at Edward's Hospital, she would find herself laying on her back until baby arrived. Here's the catch, no one knew when that day would be. Imagine lying flat on your back and being told you may not get up, not even sit up, for months if you want the best for your baby. That’s where Jess was. Through many tears, pains, courageous thoughts and prayers from more people than we can count, Jess would fight through mental battle she faced. We took it day by day. Or minute by minute I should say. In those days many amazing people came and visited Jess, Mitch, and baby. People from their gym, church, and hometown flooded in with flowers, food, gifts, and uplifting smiles and hugs. All the while, little Eli was still growing strong in Mommy’s tummy.
Then came Sunday night. Jess began having some of the worst contractions yet. The nurses and doctors were able to slow them down with more medicine and after hours and hours of being up all night, things settled down again and were under control. One dear nurse told Jess we were going to set small goals instead of the daunting June due date goal. She told Jess we were aiming for Monday which would mark 24 weeks. A lot happens in the development of the baby between weeks 22-25. If baby and Jess could make it to 25 weeks, his chances of survival were exponentially greater. But 24 weeks had to be met first before we could make it to 25. And Praise God goal 24 was accomplished! That was the only goal Eli needed.
Monday afternoon, Jess began have contractions and this time the doctor told her she would be delivering within the hour. They would perform an emergency c-section at 2pm. 28 minutes later, this little fighter of ours was born 1.83 lbs., 12.4 inches, and crying. It could not have gone better they said. Throughout the surgery Jess was cracking jokes and laughing. And baby Eli he hasn’t stopped growing and fighting with all his little might since. Elijah will be in the NICU at Edward’s Hospital for the next couple months until his doctors believe he is ready to go home. His momma and daddy will be commuting back and forth to see him every chance they get.
Thank you to absolutely everyone who has journeyed with us. Your prayers, encouragement, and support through this means more to us then we can express. Elijah and his family would not be able to do this without you. You have been used in a greater way than we even know. We treasure every day with our little guy and are hoping to keep you updated on how Eli is doing on this site. Our God is a Miracle Worker and we are forever grateful for the Miracle He has given us. It’s all for His glory!