Photo of Soldier Watching Birth of His Twins Via Skype Will Give You Chills

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Colton RomneyAfter seeing this photo of a military dad watching his twins' birth via Skype all the way from Afghanistan, it's easy to understand why it's going viral. I mean, we hear about soldiers witnessing their children's deliveries while stationed overseas all the time, but it's not very often that the actual moment is captured on film.

But luckily, someone had a camera nearby when Colton Romney was watching his wife, Shannon, undergoing a C-section to welcome their twin daughters, Liberty and Lauren, into this world. This allowed Shannon to see his reaction even though he wasn't physically there with her.

Take a look at this video clip to hear more about the birth.

Aww! Their story is so beautiful yet very bittersweet at the same time. It's so wonderful that we have the kind of technology these days to allow these dads to be "present" in the delivery room in a way, yet it's still so tough to think about parents going through such an emotional experience without each other.

Put yourself in Colton's shoes -- can you imagine how hard it must have been for him to hang up that phone after the birth? I'm sure all he wanted to do was hop on a plane and head home to be with all three of his girls immediately. Knowing that wasn't an option must have been heartbreaking.

And that brings us to Shannon. The thought of giving birth to twins without your husband by your side is gut-wrenching enough -- but when you throw in the fact that he's still deployed and she's getting ready to bring them home from the hospital alone, it's pretty impossible to conceive of.

But I guess there is one bright light -- at least Shannon did not technically have to spend her birthday alone, since the twins arrived that very same day. If Colton couldn't be there, at least she wound up with two incredibly special and irreplaceable presents!

Were you moved to tears by this photo?

 

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c-sections, fathers, twins & multiples, military

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tina0... tina08mommy

Bumping for later

Barb Skinner

I have his mom as a friend on Facebook. We are both Army moms. There is a lot more to this story also. It is an amazing story!!

nonmember avatar ashleigh

I'm gonna have to do this exact thing in November :/ most likely without Skype even... I'm more afraid of him not being there than I am of anything else. It is not something any of us look forward to but we do it every day as military spouses.

Francheska Rivera

My husband watched our daughter's birth via skype from afghanistan as well. Skype is a blessing!

Teresa Bone

Do you know what is "amazing" and "a blessing"? Military personal and their families!
I cannot say I know first hand what it is like, but my goodness, you folks are truly in a class of your own.
Thank for ALL that you sacrifice.

Felip... FelipesMom

Wow. Just, wow. 

Mistw... Mistweave

They have the option to come home if the birth is on time.  They are required to let them leave two weeks before the due date if the soldier wants to go and in this case, he could have left anytime to be with them.

Samantha Brewer Sanders

Sometimes they don't have that option...one of the many sacrifices of being in the military

nonmember avatar jenna

this is amazing! and on mommies birthday!!!!!!

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