‘He Came Quickly and Unexpectedly’—Ashley LeMieux Details Son’s Tragic Birth at 16-Weeks

For Ashley LeMieux and her husband, Mike, building and growing their family has been a decade in the making.

When the couple announced on March 6th that they were pregnant, they could have never expected the trauma that was to come just weeks later.


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After 10 years of marriage, four years of raising a set of siblings, and enduring an intense custody battle and failed adoption, Ashley and Mike have been working through a grief that most people can’t begin to fathom. In 2018, they shared a video explaining that their reason for not having biological kids yet was because they simply weren’t ready.

This year, their hearts were ready to once again grow their family.

After sharing the news that they were expecting, Ashley took to Instagram with several posts, rocking the bump, and even writing letters to the children they lost.


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Hey Z, I can’t wait to tell the baby all about it’s older, courageous sister. ❤️ Z, you’re the one who taught me how to have courage. You taught me that courage starts small, and that’s how you know it’s real and there to stay. How you chose to seek joy even during confusion and went from being shy to shining on stage. ❤️ You taught me that courage can happen to anyone. It doesn’t require us to be the smartest, strongest, richest, or most powerful superhero on the planet. It just requires us to show up. And sweet girl, there’s nobody I know who shows up to their life more than you do. ❤️ I know life might feel overwhelming right now, it does for me too. There’s a lot going on. But I also know that inside of you is that 20 seconds of courage that has given you power to do the next hard thing, all throughout your life. ❤️ I love you with all of my heart and soul, and I’m praying that each day we choose to live with courage, is a day closer to seeing each other again. ❤️ We’re not complete or whole without you. And I’m so excited for this baby to get to meet you one day. Even though we’re not physically together, I want you to know that you’re inspiring and motivating me to choose courage, every single day. Love you to the moon. You’re the one who taught me how to get through the hard stuff ❤️

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Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

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