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Military Dad Meets Newborn for the First Time

Vet Baby

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — For our service men and women who are away from their families, coming home is always good news. Today, one local member of our military received an even bigger surprise walking through the door – new member of the family.

Throughout the pregnancy, Melissa Torres has been talking to her husband, Pedro, through phone calls. He in the U.S. Navy and is currently studying in Virginia. 

“We talked as much as we can but it is just not the same,” says Pedro.

Early this morning came a surprise that just couldn’t wait.

“I tried to hold off as long as I could, but it didn’t work at all. I just kind of had to push then my water broke and here she is,” said Melissa as she talks about this morning’s events.

At 9:40 AM, baby Lillyana Rose was born.  Pedro got the call bright and early, and came to Baystate Medical Center as quickly as he could.

“They had a flight for me at 8:30 a.m., so it was a little hectic. I just packed as much as I can and tried to catch that flight, I barely made it,” Pedro explains.

After a layover in Baltimore and a car ride to the hospital, Pedro could breath a sigh of relief as he saw his newborn baby daughter for the very first time.

“I just couldn’t believe it. She was bundled up, I held her for the first time,” Pedro adds. It was a moment that he appreciated more than he even realized. “It wasn’t until I’d seen her that I understood why I was put here on earth, to be a Dad.”

Lillyana was supposed to be born on the 22nd of November.  However, even though she came into the world a little early, they say it’s the perfect day. ”

“I’m not a Vet yet, but I’m just at a loss for words that my daughter was born on Veterans Day. It’s very, very special,” Pedro adds.

And now the whole family can celebrate together.  “Its like complete, our family is complete,” says the new mom as she looks at her husband and baby daughter.

Pedro will be home with his wife and newborn baby for ten days. After school, he heads to Fort Meade in Maryland, where his family eventually plan to join him for the six years he is enlisted.

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