Seth Meyers' Wife Alexi Ashe Delivers Baby in Their Apartment Lobby
By Rachel McRady
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Seth Meyers has welcomed his second child – in a very unusual way!
The 44-year-old Late Night host shared the news during his monologue on Monday night, telling his viewers the wild tale of how his wife, Alexi Ashe, came to give birth to their son, Axel Strahl.
First noting that Ashe nearly gave birth to their first son, Ashe Olsen, in an Uber two years ago, Meyers quipped, "Move over that story, because that's so normal compared to what happened yesterday."
Earlier in the day on Sunday, Ashe said she’d been “feeling something” while out at brunch and walking around the park and thought she might give birth shortly thereafter. But she wasn’t exactly prepared for how quickly the baby would come.
When Ashe realized she was going to have a baby, Meyers called yet another Uber, but this time they didn't make it inside.
"My wife just says, 'I can't get in that car. I'm going to have the baby right now. The baby is coming,'" he recalled.
Meyers said he still thought his wife was overreacting, and tried to calm her down by telling her they had plenty of time. Even the couple's doula was telling Ashe it was OK.
"My wife was saying, 'The baby is coming. The baby is out,'" Meyers remembered, noting that their doula then checked, only to confirm that the baby was coming out right then. “I looked at my wife. The only way to describe it, like someone hiding a baby in a pair of sweatpants. It was like somebody was trying to sneak the baby on a plane."
His wife then laid down on the lobby floor while he called 911. “I called 911 and over the course of a minute conversation, I basically said, ‘We’re about to have a baby…we’re having a baby… we had a baby,’” Meyers quipped.
The late-night host noted that his wife was "incredibly calm" given the extreme circumstances.
Thankfully, members of the Fire Department and New York Police Department arrived shortly after the baby was born, and helped to cut the umbilical cord while the couple's neighbors put towels in their dryers to help keep the baby warm right after its birth.
"No one offered me oxygen, I should point out," Meyers joked.
The Saturday Night Live alum did manage to snap a pic of himself by his wife’s side on the floor of their lobby as a first responder held an oxygen mask up to her face.
He added, "I should point out that we have not lived in this building for a long time at all. We just moved in at the end of last year. I'm so glad that we're already co-op approved, because I don't know."
After the EMTs got Ashe to the hospital, Meyers said "everything was fine," but joked, "F**k the Uber driver who charged me, because we did you a huge favor."
On Tuesday, Uber released a statement, announcing they had refunded Meyers his money. "We are so happy for Seth and Alexi on the birth of their second child," reads the statement. "We refunded the trip and are sending them our best wishes."
As for why they picked the name "Axel," Meyers said simply it was because they liked it, but quipped that he'd tell his son that it was because firemen were there the day he was born. The little boy's middle name was picked for Ashe's grandparents who were Holocaust survivors who met the day after they were liberated.
In November 2017, Meyers announced the news that he was expecting his second child on his show along with his parents and brother, Josh.
“I really wanted a brother for my son because I was so lucky to have one,” Meyers said at the time.