4 February- We are excited to announce that Caroline Hope Blankenship was born at 4:43am this morning. She weighed 3 lbs 4 oz and measured 16 inches. Thankfully she was not intebated right away so Kel was able to see her for a bit before she went into the NICU. Once there, they did determine she would need the ventilator along with some IVs and some monitors. After three x-rays and other tests the doctors are saying she is doing as well as can be expected for this age. Her lungs are still a little immature and her blood pressure has needed some attention but she is beautiful and loved and ticklish. Kel has had a tough day of recovery from the early morning surgery but apart from the exhaustion she is doing very well. She can't wait to be free to go see Caroline whenever she wants. We are praying that while our baby girl's stay at St. Johns is going to be awhile that she continue to show progress and make her parents proud. We also wanted to let you know that we will continue to update the blog to keep all of you informed of Caroline's progress. Thanks so much for your support and prayers.