Say ‘Yes,’ Mommy! — An Exceptional Marriage Proposal

An adorable newborn sporting a bodysuit with a clever message leads to a touching surprise.  

Clint Baker popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Sierra Hoffman in a most unusual way — he let their newborn son, Sage, do the asking.

Let’s backtrack a bit, because even Clint’s original plan for proposing wasn’t the typical on-one-knee, ring-in-hand idea. He was going to ask Sierra to marry him in late summer while they were paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe. “That’s where we had our first date,” explains Clint, who lives with Sierra in nearby Myers, Calif.


From left, Sierra Hoffman, Clint Baker and baby Sage Baker right after Clint proposed to Sierra in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Renown Regional

From left, Sierra Hoffman, Clint Baker and baby Sage Baker right after Clint proposed to Sierra in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Renown Regional.

But Sage had a different agenda — he was born on July 22, six weeks early, and remained in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Renown Regional Medical Center for about three weeks. Which, of course, meant no summer marriage proposal on the lake.

So Clint hatched a rather exceptional plan B. He conspired with Mylah Keller, a Registered Nurse in the NICU, to implement his little surprise for Sierra. On Aug. 1, Mylah placed a baby bodysuit on Sage that read, “Mommy, please marry Daddy,” right before the baby’s next feeding time. Clint, staying at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, arrived just in time for that feeding.

“When I showed up to Renown, I said to Sierra, ‘Why don’t you change the diaper this time?’” Clint relates, as Sierra laughs heartily in the background.

Sierra says she was in shock when she saw Sage’s message. “But, I said yes right away,” Sierra adds, showing the ring Clint presented that day, comprising diamonds from both his mother’s and grandmother’s wedding rings.

“I just thought, ‘How on earth did he plan this?’ Sierra says with a smile. “He was with me the whole time.” And although the proposal came off without a hitch, Clint wasn’t exactly playing it cool — at least on the inside. “I had a dream the night before that she found out, so I didn’t sleep that well.”

A detail photo of the baby bodysuit that spoke a thousand words when it came to Clint’s marriage proposal.

A detail photo of the baby bodysuit that spoke a thousand words when it came to Clint’s marriage proposal.

Soon after the proposal, Sierra and Sage were cleared to go home. . Sage’s health continued to improve, he gained weight to support his growth and experienced no further complications.

As for Sage’s newly engaged parents, they haven’t set a firm date yet. They are hoping for summer 2016 so they can adjust to life with a new baby and have plenty of planning time. Still, no matter when the walk down the aisle takes place, Clint’s proposal already provides one sweet memory to share.

“I thought it would be a good story for Sage when we are older, to include him right at the beginning of the family we are starting.”

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