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Soldier Who Left For Iraq Days Before His Son’s Birth Gets To Hold His Baby For The First Time

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

It’s one thing to miss loved ones during a military deployment, but how about coming home to a family member you’ve never even met?

Bryson Farris was gone for 11 months, his battalion serving in 10 different Middle Eastern countries during that time. But something other than his own safety was weighing on his mind: his son Ryker, who was born just four days after Bryson was deployed.

“Missing [Bryson] has been one thing,” said his stepmother before Bryson’s arrival, “but this little guy kind of makes it a little bit sadder, knowing that he’s not seen him.”

They’re not total strangers. Bryson has been able to talk to and see his newborn’s face over the past year via FaceTime, but that didn’t alleviate the fear on Dad’s part.

“Overwhelming, honestly. Nervous,” Bryson admitted about his feelings. “At first I didn’t know how he’d act when he first saw me.”

The two finally met face-to-face when Bryson returned home with members of his battalion to Huntsville International Airport. Fortunately and predictably, all of Bryson’s worry was for naught, as it looks like he and his son were immediately comfortable with one another.

You can check out the new family’s emotional first meeting right here.

Footage provided by WHNT Huntsville.

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