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Ashton's journey so far

Back in December of 2012, Sal and I found out that we were expecting our third little love, due to be born early in August.  Sal was terrified, not feeling as young as he used to be.  I, on the other hand, was thrilled.  I was carrying the 3rd child I tried to convince Sal we couldn’t live without. 

 

Ashton TenderHeart in the womb II

The ultrasound with the pediatric cardiologist happened quickly. I accompanied Gina and Sal for this one. I was hoping that I misheard the doctor at the first ultrasound. 

Ashton TenderHeart in the womb

Ashton's journey began while still in the womb. My sister Gina (Ashton's mother) found out she was expecting an addition to her family. We were very excited for her to have a third child. She made all the usual preparations and appointments. I accompanied her to her first ultrasound (of many).

I'm not sure if she had a premonition or was just nervous, but on the way to the appointment she talked a lot about other people she knew that gave birth to babies with undiagnosed heart conditions. This was not something our family had experienced up to this point. I was confident this ultrasound would be the same as her other children, healthy and growing.

The ultrasound began as usual. The tech made her measurements of the arms, legs, head, torso, and more. She started taking measurements of the heart, and just kept taking pictures of the area. This is when I started to get nervous. The tech finished up and said the doctor would be right in.

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