Giving birth to a new life is a joy, but it can also be an exciting and frightening event. Those women who have a robust support system are fortunate. But, on the other hand, Army wives are aware that they may have to give birth without their spouses at home.
Cydney Cooper realized this as soon as she found out she and her husband, Staff Sgt. Skyler Cooper were expecting twins.
Being stationed in another country is difficult, not just for Sgt. Cooper, who was in Kuwait, but also for his wife, who is pregnant with their twins. Aside from the babies in her womb, she is also responsible for their two boys on her own! She is a superwoman in every sense of the word.
While Skyler Cooper served as a Kansas Army National Guard member for seven months in Kuwait, his family was most certainly on his mind. His wife Cydney was expecting a child at the moment, and with two small kids, Leighton and Corbett, to care for, the pressure was growing…
Cydney, you see, was expecting twin girls. Skyler was also expected to return home in late spring, according to Her View From Home.
We all know how difficult it is to be pregnant with twins. There may be problems that result in preterm birth, which is how it went for Cydney.
Things took an unexpected turn when she became ill with the flu at just 33 weeks pregnant, causing her to give birth prematurely. Her two new babies Emma and Kyla, had to stay in the NICU, but Cydney needed to return home since she had two other children.
Of course, once she did, she was a very busy woman, what with all the trips to and from the hospital.
She was “hanging on by a string” at the time, in her words.
She had no idea that a pleasant surprise awaited her just around the bend. On yet another visit to her baby girls in NICU, she got a text from her husband, who she thought was still overseas. He inquired how they all were doing while Cydney was nursing one of her 2-week-old babies.
Skyler came into the room moments later, holding an American flag balloon and flowers in his hand.
Even though he’d been preparing the surprise for a few weeks, he couldn’t have imagined his wife’s response.
It was emotional, to say the least, as one could imagine. “I was in shock,” Cydney said, adding, “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.”
But hold on! It will get better. The parents were then able to surprise their two sons, which they could capture on camera as well.
Cydney said on Facebook, “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,” adding, “A soldier came home.”
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