Thursday, December 25, 2008

December 25- Merry Christmas to you all. We hope your holiday is as blessed as we are. Fortunately we have had a nice and relaxing day thus far which is more than can be said for Christmas Eve. Kel had another little scare yesterday which equaled a trip to St. John's where we spent about 3 hours. Kel was put through some painful examinations to ensure everything was still okay and thankfully all is well. We did however get a bit of surprising information. We apparently have been using incorrect dates in determining how far along Kel is. For a normal pregnancy 3-4 days really would not make a difference but it certainly does with us. So just to clear things up, Kel does not reach the 24 week mark until this coming Sunday. That is when, in the view of St. John's, our baby is viable and could be delivered if need be. Of course we are all looking to get well past that mark but a milestone nonetheless. Doctors yesterday also reminded us of the biggest obstacle still to overcome. With such a low amount of fluid there is a real chance of the baby's lung tissue not being able to develop to a stage necessary for breathing outside the womb. This is a huge huge concern and an even bigger prayer request.

Since some of you may not be checking the comments section you may have missed others calling her by name, and since Christmas is all about giving,we thought we would provide the rest of you with a name to put with the hundreds of prayers you've lifted up. Caroline Hope Blankenship has become much more active in Mommy's belly the last couple of days and we are HOPEful that she will hold out until the 32-34 week time period where doctors have mentioned many stories of success. Please pray that as Kel prepares to move in to the hospital (1 week and 1 day) that she be filled with joy and not overcome with fear and loneliness.

5 comments:

Maya B. said...

Merry Christmas to the 3 of you! I'm glad you got good news yesterday/today. Caroline Hope is a beautiful name. Have a wonderful rest of your holiday. I'm thinking of you and praying for your family!

Granny Janny said...

Kelly Girl, Each time I stop to think how far you have come I am completely amazed and humbled by God's goodness and power. Words can't describe it. While the next phase of your pregnancy will be different I know that God will get you, Jeff and Caroline through, just as he has already. There will be many blessings along the way and we will continue to praise God and give Him the glory for every day. Stay strong and focused, just like you have done.

Amy C said...

way to go, Kelly and Jeff!! We will continue to pray for you!! You are holding up well, and I am so proud of Miss Caroline for being a fighter!! Happy New Year...just remember everyday is one day closer to a safe arrival of a beautiful baby!!

Maynard and Joy Howell said...

If anyone can do this, Kelly can. I think you will be surprised at how much support you will have and how many visitors! You will probably start to crave some alone time! We will all continue to support you as we have in the past, with our prayers and our presence. Caroline is our little miracle! Love you all

Carters Mommy said...

You all don't know me and really I don't have a clue how I came across to your blog now many weeks ago. I just want you to know that I am constantly checking for update and I think about you all constantly. To think of how far you have came already is just an inspiration to all of us. I can't wait until the day that you all post that first picture of Caroline Hope and until then I will keep reading, and will be keeping you in my thoughts!