A large part of giving birth is realizing that it's absolutely not going to go down exactly how you expected. Many first time and even veteran parents think up elaborate birth plans only to have to abandon them after things take a left turn. Babies are born when they're ready, even if their parents have other plans. Celebrities aren't immune from this fact of life, either. That's something Seth Meyers, host of the late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, learned after the birth of his second son, Axel Strahl Meyers, over the weekend.
On his Monday night show, Seth Meyers announced that he and his wife Alexi Ashe had welcomed their second child, a little brother for their oldest son 2-year-old Ashe Olsen Meyers, into the world. He first went into how Ashe's arrival had a little bit of drama with it. According to Seth, Ashe came quickly after Alexi's contractions began and the two of them sincerely worried that she might give birth to their first child in the backseat of an Uber. They just barely made it to the hospital in time, with "20 minutes to spare." But apparently, Axel's birth was much more dramatic.
"Move over, that story," Seth said as he launched into the epic tale of how Axel made his entrance into the world. The day started out as a "totally normal Sunday," with Seth enjoying brunch with his family and simply spending the day taking it easy. Then his wife began to have contractions. Because they were still twenty minutes apart, the couple decided to wait until the contractions were closer together before they took an Uber to the hospital. During that time, Seth just fed their oldest son without a care in the world. That is until his mother-in-law came flying down the stairs, shouting, "We have to go to the hospital now!"
Seth, his wife, mother-in-law, and their doula piled into the elevator and made it down to the lobby before Seth's wife said, "I can't get in the car. I'm going to have the baby right now. The baby is coming."
Having experienced "exactly one birth," Seth attempted to calm her down. "I'm like, 'This happens all the time. Trust me.'" Unsurprisingly, Seth was wrong. After examining Alexi, their doula agreed that the baby wasn't coming, it was basically already out. Looking for himself, Seth remarked that his wife "looked like someone who was hiding a baby in a pair of sweatpants. It was like someone was trying to sneak a baby on a plane!"
Alexi settled herself on the ground of the apartment building's lobby and the rest of them gathered around her in a semi-circle. Once they got her undressed, they saw that the baby's head had already emerged. Seth called 911, but it was too late.
"I called 911, and over the course of a minute conversation, I said, 'We're about to have a baby! We're having a baby! We had a baby," Seth revealed. "I went from someone calling in about an emergency to just sharing good news with a stranger. Like, 'Yeah, it's a boy!'"
By the time the fire department showed up, it was all over. All they had to do was cut the umbilical cord, which Seth said they did a great job on.
In addition to thanking the New York City Fire Department for their hard work, Seth also had words of gratitude for his neighbors who kept towels in their dryer so Axel could stay warm as they waited for emergency services to arrive. "It was just this incredible outpouring of kindness from people we barely knew," Seth said, adding that he kept apologizing to them for the situation, not that there was anything they could have done differently.
Most of all, he wanted to thank his wife. Getting a bit emotional, he told the audience, "But of course, mostly I just want to thank my wife, who obviously has to get an apartment closer to the hospital. She's so amazing. My kids, I haven't known 'em very long, but I can guarantee I'm gonna love them unconditionally forever. As far as the speed in which she took this guy and had him on her, I just watched him like, 'That kid's going to be fine forever because of her.' She's really amazing; I'm still getting choked up thinking about how brave I was."
Congrats are in order for the happy family of four and hopefully, they keep this story in mind if they decide to have baby number three! They do say, after all, that the babies come faster with each additional child you have, though that may just be an old wives' tale. Still, it's probably best to err on the side of caution, especially considering how fast these babies came for Alexi!