Sweet dad enlists hours-old newborn’s help for hospital marriage proposal

Ryder Michael Mead

Be warned. This dad/newborn baby proposal tag-team is off the charts when it comes to heartwarming cuteness. Torrential happy tears may ensue.

New arrival

On January 14, Nebraska couple Susan Medina and Darick Mead had a beautiful baby boy.

In the wake of tiny Ryder’s c-section birth, we’re guessing 20-year-old first time mum Susan probably figured she’d reached the pinnacle of happiness. Healthy baby, loving partner, bliss.

She was about to find out that there was even more goodness to come.

Activate master plan

Her 26-year-old partner Darick had been hatching a plan for months, patiently waiting for his tiny partner-in-crime to make an appearance, so that everything could swing in to action.

Just a few short hours after the birth it was game on with the team suddenly multiplying and activating Darick’s clever caper.

“Little did I know they, the nurses and the doctors, were all in on it,” Susan told Buzzfeed.




“Will you marry my Daddy?”

The nurses took their role in the great engagement heist very, very seriously, stealthily sneaking the newborn away to ready him for his close-up.

“The nurses took Ryder to ‘check on him’ when really they were getting him in his outfit,” Susan remembers.

The outfit in question was an adorable onesie, personalised with the message “Mommy, will you marry my Daddy?” written in colourful Sharpie pen. A hand drawn bow-tie added an element of formality to the occasion.

Needless to say Susan was stunned and totally surprised when she saw her baby’s very important questioning onesie.

Then she said “YES!”

Susan and Darick met online and have been together for two years, Buzzfeed report.



The bar is raised

Susan is still excitedly reeling from the pop-up proposal as she comes to terms with being a new mum to baby Ryder. Hormones may or may not be contributing to an even more amped-up emotional state.

Susan Medina twitter

A huge congratulations to this gorgeous family on their double dose of gorgeous news.

Special props to Darick for loftily and adorably raising the bar in the surprise engagement stakes.

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