LOS ANGELES – Ashley Picco was a mother for only a few short hours before she died November 8. She left behind “harmonies that will continue to resonate in our hearts and memories,” her family and friends posted online.
In August, Ashley and Chris Picco celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary by posting a photo to Facebook. In the image, a tiny pair of fur-lined baby booties stands empty between the Southern California couple. “Coming Soon” is inscribed above. It is still Ashley’s cover photo.
Lennon James was born by emergency C-section three months early, “fighting for his life,” Chris posted. Although Chris was grieving Ashley’s loss, he thanked those who had reached out in several online postings.
“It’s impossible to sum up what has happened in the past couple of days,” he said. “My wife, best friend and mother of my child passed away. I have a lifetime to grieve this unspeakable loss, but I know that right now she would want me to focus completely on baby Lennon James Picco…”
On Wednesday, a friend posted a video of Chris in the hospital at Loma Linda University Medical Center, singing to his newborn son. The video shows Chris seated next to a whirring, clicking incubator, baby Lennon swaddled in blankets and surrounded by tubes. The video was recorded Tuesday, when Chris had posted, “Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music, so I brought my guitar today and gave him a little concert.”
The song Chris chose, “Blackbird,” was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney during their time with the Beatles.
The song begins:
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.”
Little Lennon James Pico died a day later in his father’s arms.
Later Wednesday, Chris posted this update to a fundraising page.