Parenthood is an extraordinary journey that changes people’s lives most unexpectedly. The mere thought of having a home echoing with children’s cackles and witnessing your little ones accomplish their milestones is every parent’s dream come true. However, becoming a parent isn’t always easy, and sometimes people might have to endure a period of pain and struggle before being able to cradle their bundle of joy. The woman in today’s story experienced something similar before receiving the most life-changing surprise.
A resident of the United States identified as Ashley Ness, from Taunton, Massachusetts, with her boyfriend, Val, a small-engine mechanic, her young daughter, Chanel, and Val’s two youngest sons, Isaiah and Zayden. She was surprised to undergo a routine exam in February. Upon getting a checkup, she discovered that she was pregnant with her boyfriend Val. At first she thought it was just one baby, but when she came back the following week for an ultrasound, she discovered that there were actually four, who are quadruplets but in fact twin girls and twin boys.
In an interview with Good Morning America, she said when the nurse “started the exam, she was looking at the screen and she wrote, ‘A, B’”. At this point, Ashley said she stopped and asked, “Wait, am I having twins?” In response, the doctor said: “Oh, I don’t know… I’m going out for a minute”.
According to her, when she returned to the doctor, it was confirmed that Ashley was expecting two boys and two girls and that she was going through a double pregnancy, a case that only happens to one in 70 million people. At first it was a shock for the couple, but now they are excited about the arrival of the babies, scheduled for the end of August. The couple opened a GoFundMe page in an attempt to raise money to pay the costs. To date, they have raised approximately $9,000.
During the interview, Ashley recalled that she had problems getting pregnant and had suffered ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs. “I had a hard time conceiving my daughter and I’ve had ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs in the past,” says the 35-year-old who works as a hairdresser. Ness stated that after suffering four ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs, she had accepted her life as a mother of a young daughter and embraced Val’s kids as her own.
“So I feel like being able to be blessed with something this big is amazing.” Ashley is already a mother of a girl and a stepmother to three other children, all daughters of her partner. Now, in all, there will be eight children. And the new members of the family already have defined names. The girls will be named Chesley and Chatham and the boys Chance and Cheston.