After a nerve-wracking labor and delivery, TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer shares another bit of good news about her third baby boy: little Russell is officially a NICU graduate! After arriving at just 34 weeks gestation, Dreyer’s little preemie is big enough and healthy enough to join his big brothers at home.
“He’s coming home!” Dreyer’s husband, Brian Fichera captioned an Instagram photo of him and Dreyer in the car ready to take little Rusty home. “Driving home 13 inches an hour on the FDR with fish swimming in my eyes like I just watched the end of Forrest Gump, My Girl and ET combined. #welcomehomerusty.”
Anyone who’s had more than one child knows that sweet feeling of relief and peace when you finally bring your new baby home to join the rest of the family. Dreyer shared a cute family photo after they arrived.
Last week, Dreyer told her TODAY colleagues how her baby was doing after making his appearance well ahead of his November due date.
“He’s in such good hands up in the NICU, which actually takes a lot of pressure off of me,” Dylan said. “He’s doing wonderful, he’s gaining weight, he’s breathing on his own, and he’s doing awesome. He just was in such a rush. I thought he could at least wait until today because today officially is 34 weeks. I guess that’s just a huge milestone in baby world.”
Fichera shared a sweet post and the first photo of the couple’s baby boy:
Last Tuesday, Dreyer said she was in labor.
“Just a little update as you won’t be seeing me on @todayshow or @3rdhourtoday for a while,” Dreyer, who is the meteorologist and 3rd hour co-host, wrote on Instagram. In the post, she shared two hospital room photos.
“My water broke Sunday evening and I’ve been hanging at the hospital. Our little guy is anxious to get out and meet us!” she continues. “Doctors are closely monitoring both of us and trying to keep him on the inside for a little while longer to get stronger.”
Dreyer and her husband, Brian Fichera, are already parents to sons Calvin, 4, and Oliver, 1. Back in May, she announced she was expecting her third baby—and blamed the show Bridgerton for getting pregnant (which, relatable). In an Instagram post at the time, Fichera shared an ultrasound photo, which he captioned, “When two people are quarantined together for over a year and Bridgerton is on…”
Welcome home Rusty! Sending good vibes and happy wishes to the entire family.
A version of this story was originally published on September 28, 2021. It has been updated.