A US Army National Guard officer pulled off the sweetest act when he returned home from deployment in Iraq early and surprised his pregnant wife in the hospital ahead of the birth of their first baby.
Harold Leroy Rahming, from Illinois, surprised his wife, Cara, just one day before the couple welcomed a baby boy, named Harold Leroy Rahming II.
The sweet gesture pulled at the heartstrings of Cara, who expected to deliver their baby alone, as well as the hearts of people everywhere – as a video of the couple reuniting ahead of their baby’s arrival has gone viral.
Harold, who is also a doctor, had been stationed in Iraq for three months and his one dream was to be home for their child’s birth, so he got to work to make sure that it happened.
Harold Leroy Rahming, A U.S. Army National Guard officer, surprised his wife, Cara, just one day before the couple welcomed their first child
The officer, who was stationed in Iraq for three months, dreamed to come home to see the birth of their child and reunite with his wife
Harold made many phone calls and got to work to make sure he could be with his wife for the birth of their first child
In an interview with Good Morning America, Harold said: ‘There were times that I didn’t think I was gonna make it.
‘I figured I probably could make September 22, that was kind of the plan, to be in the hospital by the time the baby was discharged.’
Just shy of her due date, Cara began to notice her baby’s movement ‘was changing’ and told her doctor, who later recommended she go to the hospital for additional monitoring.
Cara was then admitted to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
While at the hospital, Cara had no idea of what was to come. When Cara went to the restroom, Harold decided it was the perfect time to plan the surprise.
‘I rallied up the nurses and everybody was on board to surprise her and we just waited till she came out,’ Harold said.
Cara opened the bathroom door and was confused to see multiple nurses recording her leaving the restroom.
‘I saw multiple nurses with their phones out. And I was like, ”Wait, why are they recording me coming out of the restroom?” she recalled.
‘Then I see him to the left in his full military uniform. And there’s like no words to express that.
When Cara went to the restroom, Harold decided it was the perfect time to plan the surprise and hid in the corner and made sure to get all the nurses in on his surprise
In an interview with Good Morning America, Harold said the surprise went ‘great’ and was thankful for everyone who assisted him in the surprise
Cara and Harold, from Illinois, welcomed their first child, Harold Leroy Rahming II, a few days earlier than they expected, but Harold was happy he could be there
‘Because I didn’t know he was coming home. I just knew I was in the hospital, I was being induced and there was a baby coming soon.
‘And there was a lot of emotions to process, but I know the definite emotion I felt once I saw him was joy.’
Ultimately, Harold knew the surprise would turn out ‘great’ because he kept ‘faith’ that everything would work out.
He noted that after not seeing each other for three months, the couple was ecstatic to be together again.
As far as their baby goes, the couple said their two-week-old is ‘really, really healthy,’ after Cara delivered their baby via cesarean section.
Harold noted that he was ‘extremely proud’ of his wife.
‘She’s very resilient and very courageous. She took seconds to say, ”You know what, this is what we have to do to ensure my safety and the baby’s safety,”‘ he told GMA.
The loving couple is now focusing on their next chapter as new parents and spending their time caring and doting on their newborn.
‘He has a really, really sweet spirit. You can see like, just the softness in his spirit and the gentleness,’ gushed Cara. ‘You’ll see him smiling and wanting to play with you.’
‘He’s very calm and collected,’ Harold added.