Jake Osborne had been in serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. army for more than six months when he was finally given leave. He rushed back home to be with his wife Chelsea. And when Osborne arrived there, he found her holding his newborn daughter in her arms.
Osborne was born and bred in Athens, Georgia. However, his chosen career would end up taking him to foreign climes. That’s because when he grew into adulthood, Osborne became a first lieutenant in the United States military.
The soldier was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2014. This meant leaving his beloved wife Chelsea all alone back in Georgia. However, the couple had recently discovered that she’d soon have some company in the house.
That’s because, a few weeks before Osborne went to serve with the 101st Airborne Division, Chelsea discovered that she was pregnant. She later found out that the child was a girl. So, Osborne was very keen to make it home in time to witness the birth of his first daughter.
But as the months progressed, it appeared increasingly unlikely that the soldier would get back for the big moment. Speaking to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in a video that was subsequently uploaded to YouTube, Osborne revealed, “[I was] hoping to get home this entire time, and it didn’t look like I was going to be able to.”
As a result, Osbourne’s sister was put on standby to attend the birth. That way, she could relay all the details to the dad-to-be. With a plan now in place, Chelsea’s spring due date soon came around. And Osborne had presumably resigned himself to missing the birth of his daughter.
Then, in May 2015 the soldier received an unexpected visit. “My commander came in and said, ‘Hey, pack your bags. We’re going to send you home on leave,’” Osborne revealed. “So it ended up being perfect timing.”
Less than two days later, in fact, Osborne was on a plane heading back to the U.S. But he had only made it as far as Nashville International Airport in Tennessee when he received an important phone call. His daughter was on her way.
Osborne revealed, “Luckily my sister was in the operating room with them and was giving me the play-by-play.” The birth seemingly went to plan, and the new dad soon received the news that he’d been waiting for. “Both mom and baby were healthy, thank goodness,” he explained.
Now Osborne had to get used to the fact that he was a dad. “Chelsea has been joking with me this entire time I’ve been gone, saying that she didn’t think it had really set in with me that we were about to have a baby,” he admitted.
During his wife’s pregnancy, Osborne had done his best to reassure her that he was prepared for fatherhood. Judging from his reaction when he first saw his baby, though, it was only then that the magnitude of the birth really hit him.
Moreover, the team at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical captured the incredible moment on camera. In the footage, Osborne tentatively steps into the hospital room. Next, he stops by the door when he spots his wife lying there with their newborn daughter in her arms.
It’s clear to see that the new dad is overwhelmed. He lifts his fist up to his face to cover his open mouth. Then, after ungluing himself from his spot by the door, he makes his way towards the hospital bed.
Recalling those moments, later in the video Osborne says, “We walked in, and I rounded the corner. She was sitting there, smiling, with Paisley in her arms. I froze at the door, I stopped. I didn’t know what to say, I was giggling like a little schoolgirl.”
Eventually, Osborne composes himself enough to enable him to take little Paisley from her mother’s arms. He cradles the baby while looking down at her tiny face for the very first time. “It was just unreal,” he says. “Unlike anything I’ve ever felt.”
Osborne simply looks smitten with his daughter. And just holding his little girl in his arms was enough to melt the tough soldier’s heart. “She’ll break you down,” he jokes. “She will bring a grown man to his knees.”
After meeting Paisley, Osborne sings the praises of the hospital staff who had cared for her and Chelsea in his absence. “It’s been fantastic,” he says. “Everybody’s been extremely helpful. Been in around the clock, looking after both mom and baby. So, that’s all we can ask.”
Given the heartwarming nature of the hospital’s video, the staff there decided to share it with the world via YouTube. And since going live in 2015 the footage has attracted well over two million views, as well as a number of kind comments.
One impressed viewer wrote, “Awesome video. Much respect and best wishes to the family. Thank you and many blessings!” Meanwhile, another added, “Bless this family. He fought for America, God bless y’all.”
At the end of the emotional video, Osborne states that his time with his wife and daughter is very precious. That’s because he was heading back out to Afghanistan in a week’s time. After a couple more months of service, though, the soldier would return to start his new duties as a father.