“I had been holding on by a thread. I saw him, and it just all went away," she said.
Being a soldier is not easy especially when one has no choice but to miss out on their kids' milestones. But have you ever imagined how difficult it gets for the spouse of the soldier to handle everything alone? Skyler Cooper understood this so he was there for his better half at the right time.
Skyler was serving in Kuwait as a member of the Kansas Army National Guard. It was getting difficult for his wife to look after their sons, Leighton and Corbett. She was also pregnant with twin girls, reports Washington Post.
GRAB THE TISSUES: This mom just gave birth to twins alone because her military husband was deployed in Kuwait. But after 12 days in the NICU, she got the surprise of a lifetime (via Cydney Cooper) #Homecoming #Military #Childbirth pic.twitter.com/acqoCZZE3p— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) February 21, 2019
Moreover, Cydney was expecting her husband to come home only in late spring. Things got worse when she became sick with the flu and had to give birth to her twin girls at 33 weeks. The newborn babies Emma and Kyla were admitted to the NICU. And Cydney did not have an option but to go home to take care of the other two kids.
Little did she know that things would change for the better. On February 4, while she was in the hospital nursing one of her daughters, she received a message from her husband asking how they were doing. And moments later, Skyler came into the room with an American flag balloon and flowers as she was responding to his message. She was stunned and emotional meeting her husband. “I looked up and there he was,” Cydney told The Washington Post. She told Good Morning America, “I was in shock. I felt like I had to almost take a breath again. I had been bouncing around so much between our boys and the girls, I was also relieved.” It had been seven months since Cydney and Skyler met.
She added, “I had been holding on by a thread. I saw him, and it just all went away. I got super overwhelmed, but I was also relieved. And incredibly happy.” These special moments were captured on a video and Cydney posted it on Facebook. Cydney captioned the video, “1000s of miles, 1 solo pregnancy and delivery, 48392 Skype calls, some superheroes, a few plane rides, 12 NICU days, tons of help from family and friends, and many tears later. A soldier came home.”
She added that both the kids are doing well but needed to be in the NICU to grow a little more before they could take them home. "It was an incredible moment to see him meet his daughters for the first time," Cooper said. "We just want to get them home now."
Thank you to all our soldiers & their families for their sacrifice!— 𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕚𝕗𝕖𝕣🔱🇺🇸🔱 Faith not fear! (@GodLovesUSA1) February 25, 2019
Staff Sergeant Skyler Cooper surprised his wife who had twins while he was deployed. The babies spent 12 days in the NICU & she went thru everything without him
WATCH this beautiful moment, when he surprised her! pic.twitter.com/h5wmEHIiFh
Cydney later also posted a video of her husband surprising their two sons. They were happy to meet their father after so many months.
Cover Image Source: Facebook | Cydney Cooper