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Marine stationed in Afghanistan meets his son for the first time
PENSACOLA -- A Marine who just returned home from Afghanistan met his newborn son for the first time over the weekend and the whole thing was caught on camera.
You may remember we shared this photo with you in December of Lance Corporal Jacob Standard Skyping with his newborn son.
Standard was in Afghanistan at the time on a five month tour.
The emotional homecoming happened right here in Pensacola.
"You wanna meet your daddy?!"
Kayla Standard cradles her two-and-a-half month-old son, Parker, in her arms as her mother shoots the video.
Jacob Standard, Father / Marine: Honey, I'm home! I'm about to cry. Well, he's not heavy, that's for sure."
Reporter Joe Douglass: When you're overseas and you know that your son is being born, what's it like?"
Jacob Standard, Father / Marine: "It hurt. Hurt not to be there...Nothing you could do about it."
Jacob Standard was working as a flight mechanic at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan when his son was born.
Although he got to participate in the birth and see his son on Skype, he and his wife Kayla say it was tough.
Jacob Standard, Father / Marine: "I felt helpless. I felt like I couldn't be there for the family to help her. I was more worried about her than I was about me."
Kayla Standard, Mother: 'It was heartbreaking because he couldn't feel the exact connection and everything that I was feeling at that moment. There's nothing like holding your newborn kid in your arms for the very first time."
The day after the reunion the Standard family is getting ready to head to Georgia to visit Jacob's parents. Then to Miramar, California, where Jacob is being stationed.
Jacob Standard, Father / Marine: "I've been a dad for 24 hours, I'm kinda new to this."
Reporter Joe Douglass: "What do you think so far?"
Jacob Standard, Father / Marine: "I love it. I wouldn't trade it for anything. But it's catching up to their speed. She's teaching me how to change diapers and fix bottles and stuff like that."