by Samantha Schnurr | Mon., Dec. 19, 2016 6:46 AM
Baby Calvin is finally here, but it wasn't such a seamless welcoming for Dylan Dreyer.
During her post-pregnancy appearance live on Today Monday, the newly minted mom swaddled her baby boy as she recalled her first experience with childbirth.
"I pushed for about 3 hours, and he was a big guy and he didn't quite fit, so he got stuck," she said. "We ended up doing a c-section anyway."
Dreyer wasn't kidding! After her water broke Friday late Friday night, Calvin Bradley Fichera didn't arrive into the world until Saturday morning mid-snowstorm. The bundle of joy weighed in at 8 pounds and 3 ounces.
"Childbirth is a lot harder than I ever thought it was going to be. Wow—it hurts," the 35-year-old meteorologist added. However, the pain was well worth it. "He is just so precious and is so wonderful. He sleeps, he eats and he doesn't really cry, so I think that's a good combination."
Meanwhile, colleague Hoda Kotb noticed how at ease she looked with the newborn in her arms. "I didn't have a natural bone in my body when it came to holding a baby, but it actually does kick in," Dreyer said. "There are instincts there!"
As for picking the baby's moniker, that also came pretty easily. "Brian and I were sitting on the couch watching TV and I think someone's name was Calvin, and we were like, 'I kind of like that,'" she said. "It just kind of hit us both at the same time. And same with Bradley. We're trying to set him up to be a cool kid and we thought Calvin Bradley was a good start with that."
Congratulations to the brand new family of three!
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