My first Mother’s Day: Expecting student looks forward to her first Mother’s Day as a parent

July 13, 2017


Linneishia Gayden (left), one of Parish’s friends, said seeing someone so close to her become a mom is special to her. – Submitted image

Raheem Proctor
Staff Reporter | rjp020@latech.edu


Mother’s Day is  Sunday, and one Louisiana Tech student is about to experience her very first one as a mom-to-be.


Ashli Parish, a senior health informatics and information management major, is from Austin, Texas.


Parish and her fiancé are expecting a baby boy that they will name Dayvion Sumlin.


“The way we decided on the name was we just tossed names out there until we agreed on something together,” Parish said.


Parish’s due date of June 21 is approaching, but Mother’s Day will be here before the baby.


“I don’t know much about being a mom yet,” Parish said. “I am sure it will come to me naturally.”


As Mother’s Day draws near, Parish said she is grateful to be in the position she is in because not everyone is fortunate enough to give birth.


Parish is expected to graduate in the winter quarter and said having a baby is added motivation to complete her undergraduate career.


“I’ve heard it a lot, people saying having a baby is extra motivation, but now I am experiencing it first hand,” Parish said. “I definitely want to finish school and have that safety net for me and my family.”


Parish and her fiancé plan to move to Dallas after she graduates so she can begin her career in healthcare.


The engaged couple also plan to get married in 2018, but they have not decided on an exact date for the wedding yet.


Friends from school are rooting for Parish as she finishes up her last few quarters all while becoming a mom.


Linneishia Gayden is a senior family and child studies major and said she is a very close friend to Parish.


“I am very happy for my friend and her fiancé,” said Gayden. “I wish them all the best.”


Gayden said not everyone gets to spend this holiday with their mom, so seeing someone very close to her become a mom is special to her.


“Everyone is not fortunate enough to have someone to spend or celebrate Mother’s Day with, so when that opportunity comes for someone close to you, you spend it with that person and make sure they feel loved and appreciated,” said Gayden.


Along with her friends, Parish’s organizational sisters are encouraging as well.


Parish is a member of the Society of Distinguished Black Women. The organization surprised her with a baby shower last Sunday, May 7.


Ke’Asia Green is a junior kinesiology major and a member of DBW who attended the baby shower.


“One of our big sisters decided to throw the baby shower,” Green said. “That’s what this sisterhood is really about; it goes beyond being an on-campus organization.”


Green said even though the baby shower was supposed to be a surprise, she had a feeling Parish knew about the event, so the element of surprise may have slipped past Parish.


“I think she knew about the baby shower,” Green said. “Nonetheless, we just wanted to show her that we are there for her 100 percent.”


The ladies played games and opened gifts for the lady of the evening, welcoming her into motherhood.


Green said all the sisters are very excited  for Parish, her fiancé and their family. They said they would all like to wish her a happy first Mother’s Day.


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