A U.S. soldier deployed to Afghanistan had thought he was well prepared to be a father. However, when he was sent home to Greece on leave, the moment he set foot in the hospital room, he was stunned with the bundle of joy he saw before him.
Before First Lieutenant Jake Osborne was deployed to Afghanistan, he learned that his wife was pregnant and hoped that he could return home to witness his daughter’s birth. As the due date got closer and closer, he thought he wouldn’t be able to take leave, but his commander surprised him on May 12, 2015.
“Hey, pack your bags,” his commander said. “We’re going to send you home on leave.”
Lt. Osborne was out of Afghanistan within two days. But, while he was waiting at the airport, his sister who was with his wife in the operating room informed him on the phone that his daughter had been born.
“Chelsea has been joking with me this entire time I’ve been gone saying that it hasn’t—she didn’t think it really set in that with me that we were about to have a baby,” Lt. Osborne said. “And yeah, I was like, yes, no, it has, it has.”
He had thought he was well prepared to be a father.
However, when Lt. Osborne walked into the hospital room and saw his wife and newborn daughter in front of him, he was speechless. That was the moment when it sank in—he was really going to be a father.
“I didn’t know what to say. I was giggling like a little schoolgirl,” he recalled his reactions. “It was just unreal, unlike anything I’ve ever felt.”
Lt. Osborne didn’t expect himself to have such a reaction. “She’ll break you down. Yeah, she will bring a grown man to his knees,” he added.
Watch his reaction in the video below: