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Ashley Wilson

Ashley Wilson is one of those women who sailed through her pregnancy. Except for two things: 1.) Tiny toes poking her in the ribcage at nine months. And . . .

2.) "I was six months pregnant in October, and it was deer season. I wasn't going to miss deer season! Dustin and I love to go hunting. I had little trouble, but I kept up with him. So, really, our son Jackson has already gone hunting. Oh yeah, he's also gone fishing!

"We both like the outdoors." Make that all three of them like the outdoors.

"He is an awesome first child," says Ashley. "He's happy and always smiling. He has his sounds for when he's tired and hungry, but he is the happiest boy."

Ashley Wilson is a medical assistant, so she was well aware of her good fortune when it came time to have her first child. "During delivery you go into it hoping there won't be any complications, but being in the medical field, you know something could always pop up."

Aside from a little early-pregnancy nausea, nothing did. "For the first child, it was a really good experience. Everything was smooth sailing, and Dr. (Kevin) Harrington (at Generations Ob-Gyn) was more than amazing. I was super comfortable with him: I could ask him anything and everything, and I knew I would get an honest answer."

Ashley worked right up until the day before she was induced. Baby Jackson was expected on Jan. 24, 2019. He was born on the 29th, 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and 20 inches long.

"By the time I was all hooked up it was 7 a.m. Jackson was born at 7:32 p.m. It was an all-day thing.

"The nurses at Memorial were awesome. The breastfeeding team was very helpful because, honestly, we did not go to any of those parenting classes. They just never matched up to our schedules. I'm not saying I went into it blindfolded because my sister has kids but . . .

"When we were in the hospital, Jackson was crying and crying, and we didn't know what to do. A nurse came in and I swear she was the baby whisperer. Late night and early morning — she helped us a ton.

"This is probably the most realistic parenting class we're going through right now: Life. Sometimes, we joke though, 'Dang we should have gone to one of those classes!'

Ashley and Dustin quickly figured out how best to care for their son. "When I was still on maternity leave and Jackson wanted to eat every other hour, Dustin and I took shifts so we could both get some rest. Now we have it down. We know his hungry sounds, his tired sounds. We still work on it together, we just do. He's the right partner to do this with.

"I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I know how important family is. I had a great first experience. I would do it over again in a heartbeat, and I probably will! I just hope Dr. Harrington is still around."