Today show meteorologist Dylan Dreyer has been pictured with her newborn baby boy Russell ‘Rusty’ Fichera for the first time after giving birth to her third son six weeks early.
The 40-year-old mother-of-three is seen proudly cradling her newest arrival in a hospital photo that was shared on Instagram by her husband Brian Fichera – who heaped praise on his wife for all that she did to ensure their son’s safe delivery.
In the heartwarming snap, Dylan is pictured sitting up in her hospital bed with baby Rusty sleeping soundly on her chest. The mom-of-three is wearing a blue medical face mask, while her tiny tot is seen in a blue-and-pink striped hat, complete with adorable little ears.
‘Guys this is our son Russell James Fichera,’ NBC News cameraman Brian wrote alongside the snap.
‘Rusty managed to expedite immense love and joy into the world 6 weeks earlier than expected. His mother, @dylandreyernbc already went beyond what I thought possible a human could do to safely bring him into this world. I’m in awe and in love.’
New arrival! Today show star Dylan Dreyer has been pictured with her newborn son Russell ‘Rusty’ Fichera for the first time since giving birth six weeks early
Family of five: The image was shared on Instagram by 40-year-old Dylan’s husband Brian Fichera, who praised his wife for all that she did to ensure their son’s safe arrival
Overjoyed: NBC News cameraman Brian described himself as being ‘in awe and in love’ as he shared the image of Dylan and Rusty cuddling up in hospital
He concluded his heartfelt post by thanking the couple’s followers for their ‘well wishes and support’, before adding the hashtags #love #numbathree, #mythreereasons, and #godylgo.
Brian’s post was quickly flooded with messages from friends, family, and colleagues – with Dylan’s NBC co-star Kristen Welker leading the congratulatory comments.
‘He’s so beautiful!! Congratulations!!!’ Kristen, who welcomed her own baby daughter, Margot Lane, via surrogate in June, wrote.
‘Margot cannot wait to meet your family of 5! Love you guys.’
Today star Sheinelle Jones chimed in: ‘Yay! Welcome to the #partyof5 club!’
The image is the first that Dylan and Brian have shared of their newborn baby boy, who was born at 2:38am on Wednesday – just hours after the Today show star revealed that she had been hospitalized when her water unexpectedly broke six weeks early.
News of baby Rusty’s birth was shared with the world by Dylan’s Today show co-stars Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie yesterday, with the on-air anchors revealing that ‘mom and babe [were] both doing fine’ – and sharing that Baby Fichera was born weighing 5lbs 5oz and measuring 18 inches long.
‘He did come early,’ Hoda, 57, continued. ‘He could not stay!’
‘He was not waiting,’ Savannah, 49, agreed. ‘He’s like: “I’m excited to join the party!” We’re sending out love and can’t wait to meet that babe. It’s just the best.’
Struggle: On Tuesday, meteorologist Dylan revealed on Instagram that she had been hospitalized when her water broke six weeks early and she asked fans for their ‘prayers’
Exciting: News of baby Rusty’s arrival was shared on the Today show on Wednesday morning, with Dylan’s co-stars revealing he weighed 5lbs 5oz at birth
Good news: Despite the premature arrival, Hoda, 57, (right) said that ‘mom and babe [were] doing just fine,’ joking that Russell ‘could not stay’ any longer
According to Today, Rusty’s name is a tribute to both Dylan and Brian’s fathers; Russell is the name of the newborn’s grandfather on his dad’s side, while James is his maternal granddad’s moniker.
While Dylan has yet to share any of her own photos of her newborn bundle of joy, she did take to Instagram on Tuesday from her hospital bed to let her followers and friends know that Russell was likely going to be born early, saying her water broke unexpectedly on Sunday — six weeks ahead of schedule.
‘Just a little update as you won’t be seeing me on @todayshow or @3rdhourtoday for a while.’ Dylan, 40, wrote. ‘My water broke Sunday evening and I’ve been hanging at the hospital. Our little guy is anxious to get out and meet us!’
One of the snapshots was a selfie that she took while lying in her hospital bed with her black face mask pulled down. The other was a picture of her smiling and hanging out with her husband Brian.
‘Doctors are closely monitoring both of us and trying to keep him on the inside for a little while longer to get stronger,’ she explained. ‘All is well! I’m in great hands and I have the best person to keep me calm and comfortable. Looks like we’ll be getting to meet our littlest boy sometime this week…six weeks early!’
Dylan and Brian are already parents to two sons — four-year-old Calvin and one-year-old Oliver — and she joked that her third child couldn’t wait to meet his big brothers.
‘Guess he couldn’t handle being left out of all the fun his brothers have been having!’ she concluded the post. ‘We’ll gladly take any extra prayers you have.’
The day before, likely while she was in the hospital, Dylan posted snapshots of herself apple picking with Brian and their two sons over the weekend, before her water broke.
Behind-the-scenes: Brian also opened up about Dylan being in the hospital on Tuesday while sharing a black and white photo of his wife asleep in her bed
Tired: Brian, who has been sleeping on a pull-out bed in the hospital, filmed himself flopping onto his bed while picking up some things for Dylan at their New York City apartment
‘I have a feeling we weren’t the only ones who went apple picking and ate too many apple cider donuts this weekend! My belly is due to the donuts!!’ she captioned the photos.
Brian also opened up about Dylan being in the hospital on Tuesday while sharing a black and white photo of his wife asleep in her bed.
‘A few extra sleepless nights on the pull-out bed is more than a fair trade to make sure everyone is as safe and healthy as possible when it comes time [to] meet this impatient little guy,’ he wrote.
‘Son, if you have just half of your mom’s courage and general bad a**ery you’re going to be something special.’
While Brian has no problem sleeping at the hospital, he admitted he misses his bed. In a follow-up post, he shared a black and white video of himself flopping into their bed in their New York City apartment.
Fun day: Dylan and Brian took their sons Calvin, four, and Oliver, one, apple picking over the weekend, before her water broke
(Almost) party of five: Dylan joked that her baby was trying to come out early because he ‘couldn’t handle being left out of all the fun his brothers have been having’
‘When your wife sends you home from the hospital to grab some things and you catch a glimpse of your bed after spending the last couple nights on the hospital cot….. #babywatch #expecting #babynumber3,’ he captioned the clip.
Dylan revealed she was pregnant with her third baby boy in May, two years after she welcomed her second son Oliver following a heartbreaking miscarriage and infertility struggles.
She shared the happy news live on-air during a special edition of her ‘Cooking With Cal’ segment in which she whips up different dishes with her oldest son. This time, they baked cinnamon buns while joking about having a ‘bun in the oven.’
Dylan explained on the second hour of the morning show that she and her husband had all but given up on conceiving a third child after once again facing infertility issues.
‘We were trying for a third, and it wasn’t happening. So we thought let’s forget about it, move on,’ she said. ‘Then boom, surprise!’
The meteorologist didn’t say exactly how far along she was at the time, but she did share that she was due in November.
Surprise! Dylan announced she was pregnant with her third child on the Today show in May, saying she was due in November
‘Bun in the oven!’ Dylan shared the news of her pregnancy during a tongue-in-cheek cooking video with her son Calvin in which she revealed her baby bump for the first time
Magic number! The expectant mom revealed she was having a boy by getting her co-hosts Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, and Craig Melvin to hold up boxes with cinnamon rolls in them
Her Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb insisted that they ‘knew it,’ admitting they had actually exchanged text messages in which they speculated that she might be pregnant again. But they were still stunned by how well she managed to keep her growing baby bump concealed.
Dylan joked that she used two invaluable tools to hide her growing tummy: her ‘tightest Spanx’ and a large water bottle, which she carried around in front of her stomach.
On the show’s third hour, she announced the baby’s gender, delightedly sharing that she is having a third boy by having her co-hosts hold up cinnamon roll boxes with the letters ‘B-O-Y’ inside.
Dylan and Brian’s second son Oliver was conceived amid their infertility battle, during which she suffered a first-trimester miscarriage in early 2019 when she was five weeks pregnant.
They were actually preparing to undergo their first round of IVF treatment when she made the shocking discovery that she had conceived a second child naturally.
‘I was just waiting for the phone call from [my doctor], to tell me how much of each drug to use,’ she said at the time. ‘Instead, when he called, he said, “Well, you can’t start IVF because you’re already pregnant!” We were in complete shock. We couldn’t believe it!’
Dylan and Brian welcomed baby Oliver in January 2020.