Alesha Thatcher, 25, of Walnutport, gave birth to her first baby, Axton Ray Pagan, Sunday, June 27. Her boyfriend, Ricky Pagan, was by her side. At 39 weeks, she was induced at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg. But the happiest moment of their lives quickly turned into the scariest, when baby Axton was rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to be cared for and monitored after he was delivered with his umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.
Scared, worried and recovering from labor, Alesha was distraught. But Axton was making a quick recovery. The following day, Axton’s health had greatly improved.
“He was looking a lot better. There was so much going on,” says Alesha.
Special surprise in the works
But Ricky had something planned that would bring light to the darkness: He planned to propose to Alesha. Before Axton’s birth, he had purchased a onesie from Amazon that says, “Mommy, will you marry my Daddy?” Ricky enlisted the NICU nursing staff to help him with the special proposal.
“Ricky approached nurse Steph about helping to arrange the proposal. He showed the staff the onesie and told them what he was planning,” says Charlene M. Tanis, MSN, RN, director of the Family Birth and Newborn Center at LVH–Muhlenberg. “With the help of the respiratory therapist, Courtney, and NICU nurses Steph and Marisa, they were able to get baby Axton ready to surprise Mom with the onesie and proposal!”
In 10 minutes, the team got the room and Axton ready for Alesha to come see him, under the guise of a diaper change.