The young mom made her way to the store's bathroom when she didn't feel well. The next thing Ashleigh knew, she was in a bathroom stall and in an incredible amount of pain.
She had no idea though what was the cause of her suffering.
When an assistant store manager at the Atlantic Superstore in Bayres Lake came out of his office during the lunch hour, he heard Ashleigh screaming. Malcolm Comeau rushed to the bathroom door and threw it open to see what on earth was going on.
Malcolm was completely shocked to discover the source of Ashleigh's pain. So was Ashleigh. She was in labor - although she didn't even know she was pregnant. A co-worker who had arrived for her shift stopped by the bathroom to help, too.
"The baby (had) already proceeded to come, so I grabbed my phone right away, called 911 ... We have a [medical] clinic right here at the store, so I went over there to get the doctor, as well, while I was on the phone with 911. The doctor came over and one of our cashiers helped her finish delivering her baby."
Emergency responders arrived and transported Ashleigh and her baby, an eight-pound boy she later named Ezra, to the hospital. Malcolm said Ashleigh was all smiles even though she had no clue that there was a baby on its way. Ashleigh said her slow recovery from her pregnancy with Mia apparently masked this current pregnancy.
"I really had no idea. I presumed I hadn't lost any weight because I only had Mia 10 months ago, so I mean I didn't grow any extra, so it's just the same size. I didn't have any cravings."
"She did tell me out of everything that went on, my face is the only face she recognizes out of everybody else that was there. So I guess I made an impression - like she made on me."
Here's more about this baffling and blessed birth of a bouncing baby boy.
To welcome Baby Ezra, the grocery store promised 52 weeks' worth of free diapers to the family. Everyone was shocked to hear the news of what had happened in their community's grocery store - being that it certainly was a first for them. Blessings upon the family and congratulations upon the arrival of baby No. 2!