Ashley Tesoro (ex-kimberly, B&B) is expecting her third child on Valentine’s Day.
B&B Alum Ashley Tesoro is ready for a party of five
“I’m so excited and thankful for my third and final pregnancy!” enthuses Ashley Tesoro (ex-kimberly, B&B), who is already mom to Gabriella, 5, and Anthony, 2. “We are having a little girl and we are thrilled to announce her name: Valentina Ashley Tesoro. I’m happy to give her my first name as her middle name, so she carries a piece of me always.”
Valentina will make her world debut in early 2019. “It’s amazing because she is due in the middle of February,” Tesoro says. “I was born February 15th. My parents’ anniversary is February 14th. This is a special month for us, and I love that she’s due February 19th because she’ll be born in the month of love. Her name, Valentina, is an Italian name and it’s the feminine version of Valentine. I really wanted to have my final child in February, and I actually counted down the days, calculating exactly when I would need to get pregnant in order to achieve that goal!”
Since the baby’s birth day is already scheduled, Tesoro has time to prepare. “I had to have a C-section with my son, Anthony John, so inevitability I’ll have to have a C-section with Valentina, too,” she explains. “So I already had my doctor schedule my delivery surgery for Valentine’s Day; thus the inspiration for her name. I asked my doctor to schedule me on February 14th for my delivery, and to set it right away so the hospital wouldn’t fill up. My doctor informed me that it would be no problem because not very many women request that day to deliver [laughs]! I guess most women want to keep that date for them and their significant other. I don’t mind sharing the day, though. I think it’s special. I’ve always wanted a Valentine’s Day baby. I was born only 30 minutes after Valentine’s Day and my mother promises me that she held off pushing so I could have my own day! I hope I’ll get my wish and have this angel on the day of love. This will happen as long as she doesn’t decide to come early.”
With two young ones at home, Tesoro knows what to expect with a third. “When I was pregnant with my daughter and she was first born, I was more concerned about everything because I had never been through motherhood before,” she explains. “Now that I have two children I feel like a pro! I feel much more at ease. I put my children first and I’m a very diligent and hands-on mother. In life you can’t achieve perfection with motherhood or anything else; if you’re committed and your heart is in the right place, your children will always feel your love. That’s what’s most important.”
Gabriella and Anthony, she reports, “are so excited about the baby. Every day they kiss my belly and say hi to Valentina. The kids are very committed to their role as big sister and big brother.” As is she to her most important role yet. “Motherhood is the greatest blessing of my life and has taught me so much about myself,” Tesoro reflects. “I think my children have actually been my greatest teachers. Being with them every day, they have pulled out great-
nesses, patience and endurance in me that I didn’t even know existed. Being a mother is the most challenging and most rewarding experience of my life. I would give up anything and everything to be there with my children.”
Tesoro has entered the nesting phase while waiting to welcome baby Valentina. “I’m having fun decorating the nursery,” she smiles. “I’m feeling healthy and swimming, walking and doing Pilates to stay in shape. I’m also enjoying all the extra attention from my hubby. I’m getting some good home cooking, foot massages, and he’s been on nursery building duty, too! I feel very blessed. Anthony and I and our children, Gabriella and Anthony, are eagerly awaiting her arrival a few months from now.”
Special Delivery: Tesoro is enjoying the special attention hubby Anthony is giving her during her pregnancy.
Think Pink: “I’m having fun decorating the nursery,” Tesoro reports.
Ready And Waiting: “Anthony and I and our children, Gabriella and Anthony, are eagerly awaiting her arrival,” enthuses Tesoro.