American Web Media
As every parent knows, the moment you see and hold your child for the first time is impossible to describe, but one dad, Navy Lieutenant Michael Lemmons didn't even know this incredible moment was going to happen. When Lemmons arrived on shore after 8 months at sea, he can no longer hold back, his reaction went viral.
Military families face many challenges when a member is deployed, and more when this member is a parent. More than 40% of children in military families are less than six years old, at this age or younger it’s when the children are most dependent on their parents emotional and physical availability. As they are sent for their tour of duty, they must bid farewell to their loved ones, sometimes, not knowing if they are going to return. But, Lieutenant Lemmons did return, and when he did, he knew his wife had been lying and was incredibly surprised.
The family members left at home don’t have it quite easy either. They have to hold down the fort and handle life’s challenges alone without the help of their loved one nearby. This can be quite difficult as the person at home has to be there 200% for the family. To Michael Lemmons wife, her husband’s deployment was even more difficult as she was not telling her husband the whole truth.
The Daily Beast
Lt. Michael Lemmons of the United States Navy knows the hardships of service, the honor of serving for his country is too high to give up the comforts of family life, no matter how tempting that may be. Lemmons and 27 crew members aboard the USS John C. Stennis were excitedly ready to return home to their families, and many to their newborn children. But, Lemmons wife Holly did not expect her loved one’s words and compassion!
Insight Medical Imaging
Holly Lemmons delivered her incredible news about being pregnant just 48 hours before her husband was sent for deployment. Holly explained as she desperately waited ashore for her husband to arrive, “I think we found out about the baby and that we found out that they moved the deployment up by about five months.” Holly never expected to be raising the child’s first months on her own, and this is when Lt. Lemmons knew he had made a colossal mistake.
Both Holly and Michael have three children, Samantha the eldest, Michael junior and while Lieutenant Lemmons was overseas, his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Hunter Ethan Lemmons, making their family complete. In a military marriage, duty is first; Lemmons knew what difficulties he had put his wife through, as his ship approached the dock he had two things in mind.
Lemmons and 27 crew members aboard the USS John C. Stennis all missed the birth of their children after being deployed for an extended period of time. All members were eager to be released so they could see their families and their new additions. A reporter at the scene stated that all members of the ship awaited, “not for a reunion, but to say their first hello” to their newborn babies.
Samantha Lemmons Facebook
As the ship pulled into the Naval Station in Bremerton, Washington, Lemmon’s wife quickly spotted him out from the crowd. While every single military homecoming tugs at our heartstrings, this one goes a step further. All because of an incredible and sweet reaction Michael Lemmons had as he sees his wife and meets his new baby boy for the first time.
USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) (documentary)
When the soldiers started coming off the ship and onto the shore, it is Lemmons children who first spotted him. His son, Michael Junior pointed out at a distance saying, “There he is!”. Then, Holly instructs Samantha, the eldest child to let him know where she and her new baby were, without wasting a moment Samantha ran to embrace her father.
YouTube/The World Surprise
As Navy Lieutenant Michael Lemmons dashed over to see his wife for the first time in months, his eyes lit up, but, before he could hold back anymore, he blurted 4 words that made this incredible homecoming all too heart-warming - “He’s perfect. Thank you.” In awe and love, he gave his wife a kiss; still, she couldn't handle all this emotion.
YouTube/The World Surprise
When Holly Lemmons heard him express his gratitude, tears immediately formed in her eyes, and she began to weep. Because he was not home while she endured childbirth and the care of three children, Michael Lemmons understood that it is not easy to raise a family all alone and that is what he wanted to let her know as soon as possible, how incredibly proud he was of his wife doing this all alone. The recognition is all she wanted, Holly knew she was doing a lot while her husband served the country, and not once did she let her husband know how difficult things were. Still, the moment couldn’t have been more bittersweet.
With the newborn between the couple, Lemmons and his wife held each other tight. The family was finally complete and united. But, as Lt. Lemmons can’t stay home for very long he planned to soak up amazing moments with his family, and of course, his newborn son while he could, taking the load off his wife. The four words he blurted out to his wife when he saw his family might have been tiny to many, but they hold more meaning than he probably ever imagined.