Ashley Charter is getting used to taking care of her son, Abel, while she's taking classes and her husband, Jesse, is in Iraq with the Army.
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Ashley Charter suffered third-degree burns over 30 percent of her body when she was 5 years old. Her doctors told her mom she may not be able to breast-feed — and she is grappling with it now.
After several bouts of false labor, Ashley Charter wondered if she would know when she was really in labor. Then her water broke and the contractions were unbearable — and her parents took her to the hospital. Her son Abel arrived that same day.
Ashley Charter gave birth to her son, Abel Weston Charter, on Saturday. He weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long.
Ashley Charter thinks she's often mistaken for a pregnant teen because she looks younger than her age of 21.
Ashley Charter says she's worried about having enough supplies, handling labor and being a good mom. But her biggest worry is that her son won't recognize his dad, a soldier who is deployed in Iraq.
Ashley Charter and her husband Jesse started trying to have a baby two years ago, but after three miscarriages, she was referred to a fertility specialist and diagnosed with "unexplained infertility." What made things a bit harder was that Jesse, who is in the Army, kept getting deployed.
Ashley and her husband, Jesse, are expecting their first child this summer.