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Matt Ryan opens up about ‘wild ride’ journey to fatherhood

Posted Apr 9, 2018

Matt Ryan opened up about his journey to fatherhood

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – As Matt Ryan began his preparations for Atlanta’s divisional round playoff game with the Philadelphia Eagles back in January, little did he know what was coming his way off the football field.

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As his wife Sarah, pregnant with twins at the time, went for a normal checkup, she was given some news that would ultimately change the next six weeks of their life.

Ryan was absent from practice that Wednesday for a personal matter but he returned for the rest of the week’s practice before traveling to Philadelphia for the contest. Sarah revealed in an Instagram post this past Sunday that she was put on bed rest on Jan. 9 for complications with her pregnancy.

I have been MIA on here for awhile so I wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on the past few months. On January 9th I was placed on hospital bed rest due to complications with my pregnancy. After 6 weeks under the watch of the amazing doctors and nurses at Northside Hospital, our twin boys decided they were ready to make their arrival into the world. They were small but tough and fought their way through their time in the NICU to get strong enough to come home. Our first born, Marshall Thomas Ryan, was sent home after 5 weeks in the NICU. His brother John (Johnny) Matthew Ryan followed a week later. To say that having Marshall and Johnny at home is a dream come true for Matt and I would be putting it mildly. We are endlessly thankful for their doctors and nurses in the NICU who gave them the most incredible care and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We are so grateful for our family and friends who we couldn’t have gotten through this journey without. And we thank everyone/all of you who checked in on us over these past few months. We so appreciate it. Now after a lack in posting I will be flooding your timelines with baby photos珞 Exactly what I said I would never do路♀️

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“It was tough obviously; your mind is always on your wife, (who) is going through a tough time,” Ryan said of what happened on that day. “Also two, your children [and] their health and their safety. Like anybody at certain times when they are dealing with certain things you have to be able to compartmentalize things. I understood that I had a job to do and it’s something that’s very important to me and I felt like I was able to get myself really well that week.”

Six weeks later, the Ryan twin boys were born and spent over a month in the NICU before being able to go home.

Sarah and the boys – Johnny and Marshall – are at home and all healthy.

“It’s certainly been a busy couple of months but we’re really excited to have two sons at home,” Ryan said. “They are getting big and strong and healthy and Sarah is doing great. It's been a wild ride but well worh it.”

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