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Fort Knox soldier meets son for first time

Spec. Chad Arredondo is back home with his family after a nine month deployment in Kuwait. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Spec. Chad Arredondo is back home with his family after a nine month deployment in Kuwait. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Spec. Chad Arredondo at home with his son Lincoln. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Spec. Chad Arredondo at home with his son Lincoln. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) - A Fort Knox soldier is trying to make up for lost time. While he was serving his country, his wife had a baby and he finally got to meet his son in person.

Spec. Chad Arredondo is back home with his family after a nine month deployment in Kuwait. His wife, Megan Arredondo, waited anxiously for him at a ceremony on Thursday.

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"I think I was more nervous today then I was when I got married," said Megan Arredondo. "I don't want to let him go, I just want to hold his hand and be by his side."

Chad Arredondo is part of the 19th Engineer Battalion team, he served as a medic. A lot has happened to Megan Arredondo during his deployment. She had a baby in April, his name is Lincoln.

[SLIDESHOW: Father serving overseas a part of special delivery via Skype]

"The one thing he's (Chad) talked about since he was born is that he wants to hold his son, he wants to get to know his son," said Megan Arredondo.

The only way Chad Arredondo had gotten to know his son, is through a screen half a world away. Megan and Chad Arredondo Skyped during her pregnancy and Chad Arredondo was even there, in a way, while she was in labor at Ireland Army Hospital. Lincoln has grown up quite a bit. He's now four months old. Thursday was the day they've been waiting for.

[SLIDESHOW: Soldier returns home, meets son for the first time]

"Look Lincoln it's Daddy," said Megan Arredondo. "Can you say hi?"

"Hi buddy," said Chad Arredondo. "It feels amazing to be able to see my son. It's a different feeling because obviously we can Skype all day and I can see this beautiful guy but, it's so different to be able to hold him."

The Skyping paid off for both Chad Arredondo and Lincoln. Lincoln didn't cry when he met his dad.

"He was like I know daddy's voice, we talk all the time," said Chad Arredondo.

Chad Arredondo is now spending his time at home being a dad.

"Just being able to hold him, especially seeing her relief I get to share all the responsibility now," he said.

Keeping Lincoln entertained and doing daddy duty has come naturally.

"They are best friends," said Megan Arredondo. "It's like he was never gone."

“I must feel the same way my dad felt about me, when they brought me home. I hope I'm the same father my dad was to me," said Chad Arredondo.

Chad Arredondo and his unit will be home for at least 12 months. Out of 450 soldiers that just came home, 30 of them had babies while they were deployed.

Megan Arredondo said what got her through the past few months was being around other mothers who were in the same boat as she was.

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