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Father serving overseas a part of special delivery via Skype

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FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) - One of the most moving scenes from war is the moment when soldiers return home. Some meeting their own babies for the first time. Now, thanks to modern technology many military dads will have a jump start on that reunion.

Specialist Chad Arredondo and his wife Megan Arredondo's story is special. They knew there was something special about one another when they first met. 

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"We meet in Texas," said Megan Arredondo.

Chad Arredondo, a paramedic. Megan, a city girl. He told her he was joining the military. Her response: "I don't date military guys my brother was in the military also." 

Well, something changed. Megan gave Chad a chance and they knew their relationship was headed somewhere early on.

"Our first date he told me that he was going to have a little girl one day," said Megan Arredondo.

That one date, turned into more. They got married. Three years later, Chad and Megan Arredondo aren't having a little girl, they are having a little boy. 

The couple found out in the summer they were pregnant, moved to Fort Knox in October, then eight weeks after moving Chad found out he was going to Kuwait in November. Megan Arredondo was only three months pregnant.
 
"Before he left he could barely feel him kick," said Megan Arredondo.

"I get kind of emotional about it," said Chad Arredondo. "Obviously I wanted to be there."

Chad Arredondo is in the 19th Engineer Battalion stationed at camp Arifjan in Kuwait. 

"Six thousand miles is a lot, but when you have things like Skype I can actually see her face," said Chad Arredondo.

Seeing each other is what gets them through. Megan Arredondo schedules her doctors appointments around times her husband can log on and be involved and ask the doctors questions. But, the obvious can't be ignored. Being nine months pregnant, by yourself, isn't easy.

"I want him to know that's his dad," said Megan Arredondo.

She has pictures of her husband all over the baby's room. "I'm sure he can sense that his dad is gone," said Megan Arredondo. "It's when we do talk I make sure that the speaker is on my stomach to where he can hear him."

Being a half a world away is nothing new for our soldiers overseas, but being there for life's miracles sometimes is.

In the delivery room at Ireland Army Community Hospital at Fort Knox, the same technology that lets the couple talk every day, let them become a family together.

"He's not physically here but, its like he is," said Megan Arredondo.

Chad Arredondo was able to be by Megan's side during her four hours of labor. Lincoln Michael Arredondo made his appearance at 6:43 p.m. on April 3, weighing in at 6 pounds 2 ounces and 19 inches long. With a full head of his dad's dark hair. Chad Arredondo, of course, a proud poppa.

"I just want him to know I'm serving my country and I'm doing everything I can," he said.

Three weeks later, Megan Arredondo was handling mommy-hood like a pro.

"It's been good really good," she said. "Better than what we expected, or I expected at least."

Every chance they get Lincoln gets to talk to his daddy.

"He'll smile to him so, he knows it somebody of importance," said Megan Arredondo.

Lincoln will be four months old when Chad comes home. The next four months, can't go by fast enough.

"When I get to hold him for the first time, I probably won't be speaking, I'll probably cry," said Chad Arredondo. "Hopefully he'll know who I am."

"It's a journey, it really is," said Megan Arredondo.

In Chad's unit, since they've been in Kuwait, 14 soldiers have witnessed the birth of their children via Skype. Another 12 soldiers are scheduled to have babies before they get back from deployment.

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