Dylan Dreyer is a meteorologist for NBC News and the Today Show, often filling in for Al Roker and doing the forecasts on Weekend Today. Dreyer is married to NBC News cameraman Brian Fichera and the couple welcomed their first child on December 17. Dreyer worked right up until her baby was born, appearing on Today and NBC Nightly News.
“From this day forward my entire life is dedicated to always being there for our son. Dylan is doing amazing baby is doing amazing!!! Thank you all for your kind words!!! Cue parenting,” Fichera wrote on Instagram.
“Arriving right on schedule in a snowstorm…the love our lives is finally here. Meet Calvin Bradley Fichera: 11:52am, 8.3lbs, 20.5″ long. And by the way, childbirth is no joke!! OUCH,” Dreyer wrote on Instagram.
Dreyer has been a meteorologist in the northeast since earning her bachelors degree in meteorology at Rutgers University in 2003. The New Jersey-native worked in Erie, Pennsylvania and Providence, Rhode Island before joining WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, in 2007. She joined NBC News in New York in 2012.
Here’s a look at Fichera and his relationship with Dreyer.
1. The Couple Met While Both Working at WHDH & Dreyer First Thought His Name was Tom
Fichera and Dreyer outlined their love story on their wedding website. The two met at WHDH, when they both worked the morning shift. Fichera, an Easton, Massachusetts native, started working there about a year after Dreyer joined.
At first, Dreyer thought Fichera’s name was Tom, so one of their first in-jokes was calling each other the wrong name. Dreyer wrote that, as they started hanging out more and more, she realized that he was the one.
Dreyer wrote on their wedding site:
When he started working more, he’d hang out more in the Weather Center with our friend Todd. The three of us starting hanging out more and more outside of work, building our friendship and getting closer. After a few years, we had a small party at Brian’s house which we dubbed the Jammy Jam. It was then that I realized I had totally fallen for him and from there it was history!
The two tied the knot in a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on October 6, 2012.
2. The Couple Had a Boy in December & Dreyer Had Her Baby Shower in November
“We weren’t in a rush to have kids and, to be honest, there was a time when we declared we never wanted kids!” Dylan wrote in a blog post. “Then one day we both looked at each other and said ‘I want a baby!’ As usual, we were on the same page and it all just seemed right.”
Their son was born in December, just days after Guthrie’s baby was born.
“We didn’t plan the timing of a December baby to get out of winter storm coverage… I swear,” Dreyer wrote.
Dreyer had a baby shower on November 22, The Today Show reported. The event was hosted at the Manhattan’s Hunt & Fish Club, with Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall, Savannah Guthrie, Stephanie Ruhle and Jenna Bush Hager all in attendance.
Here’s the post Dreyer later shared.
3. Fichera Performed The Worm Live on the ‘Today Show’ When They Announced the Baby
After Dreyer announced that they were having a baby, Fichera made an appearance on Today himself, which isn’t too difficult since he also works at NBC. Tamron Hall mentioned that Fechera can do The Worm dance. He was a apprehensive about performing on live television, but he eventually did it. As Dreyer explained, he can only go backwards.
Dreyer also revealed how she told Fichera that she was having a boy. She bought balloons and had Fichera pop each one until he found the one that included a message confirming the baby’s gender. Fichera said that their downstairs neighbors weren’t too happy about all the balloon popping.
“To the neighbor that’s concerned about the balloons, you ain’t heard nothing yet, because there’s a baby coming!” Roker joked.
4. Dreyer & Fichera Listed Their Upper West Side Apartment in December & Just Moved Into a New Apartment
Last year, Dreyer took the Today Show cameras on a tour of the Manhattan apartment she shared with Fichera when they moved to New York after leaving Boston. “I love that the kitchen is open to the rest of the living space. I love to cook and this way I don’t feel like I’m removed from everything else going on while I’m in the kitchen,” she said.
However, the couple no longer lives there. As they revealed on Today in June, they just moved into a new apartment.
In December 2015, 6sqft.com reported that Dreyer and Fichera listed their Upper West Side co-op for $862,000. They bought it for $580,000 in 2012. It was a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, which covers 700 square feet.
5. Fichera Proposed to Dreyer at His Parents’ House in Easton
Dreyer and Fichera got engaged in July 2011. He proposed to her on the front porch of his parents’ house in Easton. “When I saw there were roses and two glasses of champagne, I knew,” Dreyer told the Boston Globe.
When the couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary, Dreyer wrote on Instagram:
I thought October 6, 2012 was the best day of my life…the day I married hands-down the most wonderful person in the world. Little did I know every single day since then would be better than the day before. Brian, thank you for all my smiles, all my laughs, for making my heart bigger, for making life better, and for our little guy who we’ll get to meet in a couple more months! Love you! Happy Anniversary!