Matt Fraser was preparing for an event in Wheatland, California when Alexa's water broke.
Psychic medium Matt Fraser and his wife, Alexa Papigiotis, welcomed their first baby on August 8. The couple is known for E!'s TV series, Meet the Frasers. Papigiotis, 24, gave birth to their son, Royce Matthew Fraser, confirmed their representative.
Papigiotis gave birth in Rhode Island as her 31-year-old husband prepared for an event in Wheatland, California. Royce was born via Cesarean section, three weeks before Alexa's due date, and weighed 6 lbs., 12 oz, reported PEOPLE. Papigiotis was out with her family, celebrating her birthday when her water broke at the table. Fraser was shocked when his wife called to tell him her water had broken. The psychic medium hadn't seen it coming as her due date was three weeks later.
"I was in complete shock! I immediately broke down into tears knowing that I wouldn't be there to help her," he said.
Fraser took to the stage as his team organized a way to get him to his wife's bedside. He checked his phone during the event and FaceTimed her as she was being wheeled into the operating room. The audience was also in shock as he narrated what was happening. Papigiotis' family was outside the operating room as doctors performed a C-section on her. Fraser FaceTimed with sister-in-law Ava Papigiotis to get updates on his wife's condition. Papigiotis later said she had dreamed of having a natural birth and had been working on exercises and yoga techniques when she was close to giving birth. "Royce decided he would come on his own time. Three weeks early!" she said.
Fraser said he was overcome with emotion on seeing his son. "All I could do was look at him and cry," he said. Fraser described it as the "most incredible feeling in the world." The couple announced the pregnancy back in March. "For me, the most exciting moment was hearing the little fluttering heartbeat for the very first time and watching the moment on the ultrasound. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed," Fraser told PEOPLE. "We cannot wait to start this journey together, and officially start actual LIFE as I've been saying! Life is about to get so much more beautiful together, turning the two of us to three," she said at the time.
Fraser and Papigiotis first met in January 2017, before getting engaged two years later in May 2019. They had to postpone their wedding due to the pandemic, before eventually getting married in an intimate ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida in October 2021. "It allowed us to give everyone time to get vaccinated," said Fraser at the time. "But then at the same time, you need every minute that you can to plan and to prep, like it's literally taken us two years to plan this wedding."
They got married at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, which was originally built as a wedding gift for the owner's wife in 1902. "We're literally getting married inside of a wedding gift," said Fraser at the time. "It is the most amazing place—we could not have picked anywhere better. It is so romantic, it's charming, it's magical," Papigiotis said. "Every time we're on the grounds, it just feels like you're in a movie."
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