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Video of Marine meeting son for first time in Pensacola
PENSACOLA - A Marine who just returned home from Afghanistan met his newborn son for the first time last night in Pensacola, and the whole thing was caught on camera.
You may remember we shared a 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.
Kayla Standard cradles her two-and-a-half month-old son, Parker, in her arms as her mother shoots the video.
"Honey, I'm home," Jacob says as the door opens, "I'm about to cry."
Taking hold of his son for the first time, Jacob says, "Well, he's not heavy, that's for sure."
After being asked what it was like to be overseas when his son was born, Jacob says, "It hurt..Hurt not to be there...Nothing you could do about it."
Jacob 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.
"I felt helpless," Jacob said, "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."
"It was heartbreaking because he couldn't feel the exact connection and everything that I was feeling at that moment," said Kayla, "There's nothing like holding your newborn kid in your arms for the very first time."
The Standard family is heading to Georgia to visit Jacob's parents, then to Miramar, California, where Jacob is being stationed.
"I've been a dad for 24 hours, I'm kinda new to this," Jacob said on Sunday.
After being asked what he thinks so far, he says, "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."