Militaries make many sacrifices as they miss birthdays, holidays, milestones, and even births so during their breaks they spend every second they have with their loved ones. A marine was about to miss one big event if he didn’t hurry up!
US Marine Marc Wythes was deployed when his wife, Katrina Wythes, was just three months pregnant. During his entire deployment, the military couple kept joking about how she could go into labor on the same day as his homecoming.
The couple tried to not think about the possibility of him missing the birth of their second daughter. However, as Marc boarded his plane to arrive home to his wife and eldest daughter, he got an urgent text that Katrina had begun having contractions.
Holding a sign declaring, “Not a drill. Baby’s coming.”
Katrina’painful contractions kicked in about one hour after he boarded his first plane to come home.
After Marc landed, he checked his phone and saw a text from his wife: “I think you better hurry!” It was accompanied by a screenshot of her contraction timer app.
Marc’s heart sunk at the thought of being so close to home and still possibly missing his baby’s birth. He hustled off the plane only to find his wife in the throes of labor — waiting for him! She later explained in a Love What Matters post:
“I was determined to be there to pick him up, so I just prayed my heart out, and begged the baby girl to wait for her Daddy. Luckily, she did just that!”
There was no way she was going to have Marc miss out on their second daughter’s birth. She stood there, wincing in pain while contractions rolled through her.
The marine soldier hugged his wife as he was greeted by his family but realized very quickly that their next destination wouldn’t be home. Marc hustled to Katrina and their daughter, embracing them heartily with joy.
They exchanged a kiss, then Katrina told him to get moving. He snatched up his little girl and quickly escorted his wife to the hospital.
Blessedly, they made it just in time! Their sweet baby girl arrived with her Marine daddy ready and waiting to greet her.