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.