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Soldier uses Skype to watch son's birth

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A soldier stationed overseas is able to watch the birth of his son, thanks to Skype. We first introduced you to the Pennington family this summer.

Nichole Pennington has been using Skype to communicate with her husband who is serving in Afghanistan. This week she used it again, so he could be present during the birth of his first son.  Private First Class Andrew Pennington looks on as his wife Nichole holds the newest addition to their family, Stephan Andrew Pennington. 

Andrew has been stationed in Afghanistan for 8 months. Nichole has gone through this pregnancy without her husband, while taking care of their daughter Kylie. 

Nichole tells 13abc, "It's been tough because he was there the entire time for the first one and this time I had to go through it by myself and with a 3 year old on top of it. it was definitely difficult but you take it as a learning experience." 

Two days ago, thanks to Skype, Andrew was able to watch the birth of his son and was the first to see his baby's face, thanks to the doctors at Saint Charles Mercy Hospital. 

Nichole tells 13abc, "There were six people in this that time and he's on the computer ...and my husband is a jokester to begin he is trying to tell jokes...most of the time I am okay with it but when I'm like in full contractions I'm like really. " 

"The doctor asked who is going to cut the umbilical cord...and of course my husband answered I will! lol" 

All jokes aside, this father says he couldn't be more proud of his wife. and how she's been holding down the fort.

He tells 13abc, "She's a very strong woman, she's done a fantastic job through this entire deployment and even though we have a few months left...I ask that she continues to do the hard work with kylie and now Stephen who is now with us I have no worries whatsoever. "  Christmas is Andrew's favorite holiday and although he will spend it overseas away from his loved ones, this soldier already feels blessed.

He says, "Christmas fell on November 13th this year it caught me by surprise!"

Andrew is scheduled to come home sometime in February.


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