Update: Introducing Maxwell Alston Sutter
Update: We’ve added a nursery overview.
Originally posted September 12th: Reality TV’s Ryan and Trista Sutter introduce their son Maxwell Alston, 7 weeks on Thursday, in the new issue of Us Weekly.
Bachelorette stars Trista, 34, and Ryan, who turns 33 on Friday, posed with their son — then 4 weeks — at their home in Colorado.
Click below for all the photos and interview highlights, as well as an overview of the nursery.
In her seventh month of pregnancy, Trista had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which was being controlled. However, on July 24, while just beginning her ninth month, Trista was"terribly nauseous and in a lot of pain,"which did not subside throughout the day, causing the couple to go tothe hospital, Vail Valley Medical Center. Worried, they told theirparents to come as well — Trista’s mom is in Denver; her dad andstepmom, St. Louis; and Ryan’s parents, Fort Collins, Colo. All of themmade it for the birth.
Having found protein in her urine, a symptom of preeclampsia, her OBtested Trista, finding elevated blood pressure as well as othersymptoms, and diagnosed her with HELLP syndrome. This occursin about 10% of women with preeclampsia or eclampsia, and includesearly breakdown of red blood cells, low platelet count, and elevatedliver enzymes. Severe cases of HELLP can be life-threatening to bothmother and baby. Trista explains,
(Max wears a ‘Property of’ onesie by Baby Candy ($19).)
Ryan recalls the difficult decision to change their birth plan and give consent for a C-section, after Trista continued to get worse over the course of the afternoon and evening.
(Announcement by Lehr & Black.)
Born four weeks early on July 26th, Max weighed in at 5 lbs, 3 oz and 18 inches long.
The birth, from Ryan’s side: Ryan was not allowed to be present for his son’s birth because Trista was put under, leaving him scared and feeling helpless.
Alston is Ryan’s dad’s middle name and Maxwell seemed to go well with it.
Max’s health: Max needed to stay in the hospital for 10 days because he wasn’t breastfeeding consistently. He was also put on oxygen as his lungs weren’t fully developed, Trista says.
During that time, the couple stayed on the obstetrics floor, part of the hospital’s hotel-like program allowing parents to stay overnight with their newborns. While Trista recovered, Ryan did his first parental duties.
Taking Max home:
"Ryan said he wanted Max’s first car ride to be in his big truck [a Dodge Ram]. So he went home and got it."
Pregnancy weight: Trista gained 30 lbs and says her post-pregnancy goal is "to be toned."
Max’s personality: "He’s mellow except when he’s hungry, then he gets grumpy like his dad. Right now, he’s breastfeeding every one to three hours."
During the shoot, Max cried, prompting Ryan to say,
Max is also a bookworm already — Ryan reads to him and he loves it.
Trista walks Us and CBB through Max’s nursery. Information on products is under each photo.
(Crib is the Casablanca premiere slat by Bratt Decor ($770). Custom bedding by New Arrivals Inc. Changing table is the Chelsea removable change tray in buttermilk by Bratt Decor ($132) Dresser is the Chelsea double dresser in buttermilk by Bratt Decor ($1738). Rocker from Angelsong.net ($1460) — their favorite place in the room, cuddled in the chair — nontoxic paint and an organic mattress by GreenNest.com. Mobile is Symphony-in-motion in farmyard animals by Tiny Love ($39). On the wall is a New Arrivals Inc blue polka dot footprint frame ($32). On the bureau is a New Arrivals Inc Blue Stars picture frame ($36). On the book case is a BébéSounds Portable Video and Sound Monitor ($148).)
(Pacifers by MyPacifier.com ($15 for 3).)
(The brown booties on top of the dresser are Little Eda baby booties in carmel ($30). White sneakers in the drawer are Ralph Lauren Layette kids Bal Harbor hi ($35). Second cap from the bottom is Babystyle’s softest cap ($9).)
Of the neatly folded clothes, Trista says,
Of the bunny on the shelf, Trista remarks,
Check out her new line of diaper bags (available October 8th) at TristaBaby.com.