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Soldier returns home just in time for child's birth

Katlyn, Jazlynn and Spc. Cody Peacock Katlyn, Jazlynn and Spc. Cody Peacock
Spc. Cody Peacock kisses his three-day-old daugther Jazlynn. Spc. Cody Peacock kisses his three-day-old daugther Jazlynn.

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A young military family united for the birth of their first child, but their time together is short.

"Yeah, I didn't think I was going to make it at all," US Army National Guard Spc. Cody Peacock said. "But I just kept telling Katlyn I was, just to keep her in a good mood, because I didn't want to stress her out more than she already was."

He was on his way back from Afghanistan and made it to her hospital bedside just one hour and fifteen minutes before their daughter Jazlynn arrived at 6:24 p.m. Saturday.

"There was a whole different sparkle in both of our eyes when we held Jazlynn," Peacock said. "Makes us so much closer, plus the deployment made us so much closer."

He was deployed in August, and his wife Katlyn documented their baby's growth with photo shoots each month, which she posted to Facebook.

"We were planning on doing family pictures, with him holding my belly, like most couples do," she said. "I mean, we didn't get that. It's hard on both of us. He didn't get to feel her move or bond with her that way."

Tuesday, Katlyn went back to the photography studio. This time, she brought her husband and newborn baby with her.

"We're going to come here and take some family pictures before I go back," Spc. Cody Peacock said.

Peacock is heading back to Afghanistan in two weeks.

"Should be five to six months and I should be back home," he said.

That seems like an eternity, however, with an angelic little girl waiting and growing on the other side of the world.

"It will be one of the hardest goodbyes," Peacock said.

"I keep reassuring him that she'll know who he is when he gets back. It scares him, you know?" Katlyn Peacock said, gazing through tears at the baby cradled in her arms. "She'll know who Daddy is, won't you?"

As for sharing moments, Cody Peacock said, "I'll figure out a way to do it."

He'll have the pictures of love taken at the photography studio to light the way.

The couple said they use Facebook, Skype and Yahoo Messenger to keep in touch.

Online Reporter: Becca Habegger

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