27 Babies & Their Dads Meet for the First Time When Troops Return From Afghanistan

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handsIt's always so moving whenever we hear stories of the brave members of our military coming home and reuniting with their loved ones. But after hearing about 25 dads who met their 27 babies for the very first time after returning from Afghanistan, it's hard not to feel your heart overflowing with joy.

The men arrived at the Utah Air National Guard base yesterday to a crowd of family and friends who were cheering them on. And while coming home was an emotional moment for all of the troops, the 25 dads who finally got to meet their babies who were born while they were away had additional cause for celebration.

Ok, you probably think I'm really bad at math or something, considering there were 25 dads and 27 babies. As it turns out, two of the men's wives had twins, hence the two extra little ones in the group.

And of the dads involved, 15 of them are first-time fathers, so you can only imagine how incredible it must have been for them to see their children for the very first time.

But as tough as it had to be for these families to be apart when their new babies entered the world, the fact that there were so many of them in the group who were going through the same thing had to serve as a source of comfort. Can you even imagine the sense of anticipation on that plane as it landed? I'm sure they talked about their babies and how much they couldn't wait to meet them throughout the entire flight.

And the experience must have been just as emotional for the awaiting moms as well. I'm sure they all got just as much pride out of seeing all the other babies meet their dads for the first time as they did with their own little ones. Having a baby bonds moms together as it is, but sharing that once-in-a-lifetime moment is something that will surely connect these women for the rest of their lives.

Do you remember your husband's reaction upon seeing your baby for the first time?


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Rebecca Peterson

I remember. That was an amazing moment. She's our second and was 5 months at the time. It was funny because if you took a picture of her before she met him she'd look so pissed off. The first time we got a smile captured on campera was when he was telling her who he was. Her older sister was jumping and was like "Daddy! This is Baby Jamie!" My doula actually took pictures of that moment, and it still brings tears to our eyes.

nonmember avatar Amanda

I remember watching my husband come down the escalator to me holding our 3 week old daughter... Both of us were first time parents and he was so excited to meet her. With our second daughter he was deployed as well and I made my girls dresses out of acu's that were ripped.

nonmember avatar Tasha

The moment my husband stepped off the plane from Iraq he was rushed to the hospital where moments later I gave birth to our first child. I'm so blessed he made it! We were the front page of our town newspaper a few days later:)

dedic... dedicatedmama2

My husband met our son for the first time when he was 3 months old, our friends baby was 6 months. Both new daddies cried their eyes out as we did as well. It is such a great feeling to finall have our men home!!! 

nonmember avatar korie

My husband met our daughter when she was 5 months old. The shock, thrill, and relief to finally see and hold her was overwhelmingly adorable. We moved home to stay with my parents while he was deployed because she was my first and I was scared to be without my mom's wisdomand help. We made a "going to meet my daddy" shirt for the plan ride. Such powerful memories!

D.j. Lord

better call the maury show just to make sure

danit... danithegreat

I'm not an army wife but I admire them so much & their SO. I can't imagine being away at a time like that. Then to be able to finally meet your baby it must be the most amazing experince. Those whole families are heros. 

nonmember avatar Jessica

The first time my boyfriend saw his son for the first time he was 2 months old. He kissed me and then took his son into his arms.

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