But last week, this incredible couple endured perhaps one of the most difficult parts of their journey yet.
After suffering excruciating stomach pain, Ashley was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a kidney infection. That kidney infection led to a kidney stone, which led to sepsis.
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Baby is okay. 🙏🏽I am… okay. I have never been in so much physical pain in my entire life. • An ambulance drove me to the hospital at 3 AM after experiencing hours of the most intense stomach pain and cramping that made me unable to walk… ❤️ I have a kidney infection that led to passing a kidney stone, that led to sepsis. ❤️ I’ll be here for a few days, and because of Covid, @mikelemieux can’t come in with me. Being wheeled away from him was terrifying. Taking tons of tests and ultrasounds to determine if the baby was okay without Mike with me was anxiety ridden. • There was a point today where my pain was so severe I was screaming. It had been 12 hours of intensity with no relief and I thought I was going to pass out. As my face and arm and legs went numb from the pain, a room full of doctors were quickly called in. ❤️ One doctor who was giving me an EKG kept looking at me saying, “Nobody else can do as good of job as you to get through what you need to get through. You’re doing so good. Keep being you and breathe. This won’t last forever.” ❤️ Thank you for the prayers for the baby and for me. After I got through the worst of the pain so far, I opened my phone to tons of messages of love and support from so many of you who saw Mike’s post. It means more than you know. I’ve got some major healing to do in the next few days, but am optimistic and grateful. ❤️ And just in case you need to hear this today too, “Nobody else can do as good of job as you to get through what you need to get through. You’re doing so good. Keep being you and breathe. This won’t last forever.” • Update: Our sweet baby boy is now in heaven, lighting our way until we hold him in our arms some day.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, Ashely says Mike was unable to be with her in the hospital, which lasted several days.
“Being wheeled away from him was terrifying,” she wrote on Instagram. “Taking tons of tests and ultrasounds to determine if the baby was okay without Mike with me was anxiety ridden.”
On Friday morning, after days of fighting for her life, and the life growing inside of her, Ashley was forced to deliver their miracle baby at just 16 weeks.
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Our precious baby boy, Jayce Michael LeMieux, was delivered at 9:40 on Friday morning. ❤️ The name Jayce means ‘Healer’. That’s exactly who Jayce has been for us. This baby healed us in ways we never thought we’d experience again, and showed us that there is a beautiful life that is still waiting for us to live. Our hearts are cracked wide open again, but this time, we have Jayce as a guardian angel to help light our way. ❤️ At 16 weeks gestation, his body was perfect and healthy, but unfortunately, mine was not. The extent that the sepsis rapidly took over my body created a scenario in which we both couldn’t stay alive. It was too much to have a pregnancy withstand, and is something that is going to take a very long time for me to come to terms with. ❤️ He came quickly and unexpectedly, and I delivered him all alone in a room that was never meant to deliver babies. I sobbed and screamed on my bed, yelling to God that it wasn’t supposed to be this way, as I waited for a group of doctors to come help me. ❤️ After I delivered him, they rushed me to the Labor and Delivery unit of the hospital, which meant that my husband @mikelemieux could finally have permission to come and be with me after days of me fighting alone for my life in the hospital. (I’ll talk more about this later). ❤️ We’re still in the hospital, my body has a lot of healing to do. We spent precious time with our baby boy this morning to say our final goodbyes. His little hat fits in the palm of his daddy’s hand. ❤️ We love you Jayce. I can’t wait for the day I get to hold you in my arms. I wish that I could be where you are. #LeMieuxFamilyOfFive