U.S. Navy Sailor Returns Home To Stunning Surprise From Wife!
It’s a tale as old as time: soldiers leaving home in order to fight while their loved ones stay behind. While many of these tales end in tragedy and sadness, that isn’t what we are going to be talking about today. Instead, we are going to be talking about how U.S. Navy sailor Chris Daugherty deployed in January 2016 only to return to one of the greatest surprises of his life!
Life Of A Sailor
Enlisting in the armed forces means that you are beholden to deployment when your country calls upon you. For Chris Daugherty, deploying wasn’t a mystery in his life as he had done it many times before. In January 2016, unfortunately, Chris got the news that he’d have to go on his first extended deployment away from his growing family. Initially, Chris expected to be out at sea for five months.
Struggles Of Deployment
Deployment, when you are single, can be an adventure. Unfortunately, deploying when you have a wife and children at home can be an exercise in frustration, heartache, and worry. This extended deployment was immediately spreading worry throughout the household as Chris’s wife Natasha and their children were forced to wait behind. With three children at home, Natasha knew that she’d have to stay busy in order to fight off her worry.
Life Of A Military Spouse
Living as a military spouse means having to deal with uncertainty, anxiety, and loneliness. Natasha knew how to be strong while her husband was gone, but this deployment was different. A week after Chris left for his deployment, she began to notice some changes in her life. These changes would end up becoming life-altering.
Keeping A Big Secret
While Natasha and Chris had three children, only one of them was too young to be a possible leaker of this incredible secret. Natasha had to work hard in order to make sure that their four-year-old child kept quiet about the changes that his mother was going through.
An Impossible Dilemma
Natasha had to make a decision early on as to whether or not she would reveal this great secret to her husband while he was on deployment. She was able to talk frequently with her husband while he was away but she could never quite pull the trigger in order to reveal the truth. After all, this was a HUGE secret.
Young And In Love
Chris and Natasha Daugherty had first met while they were both serving in the Navy. Natasha worked in IT as a system tech and Chris was immediately head-over-heels in love with her. How could he be so lucky to get such a smart, intelligent, and strong woman?
Struggling With Answers
Chris and Natasha spoke often through email and the occasional phone call. Yet, every time that Natasha got close to revealing her rapidly growing secret, she had to pull back. Natasha realized that she didn’t want to reveal something so large and important over the phone. How could she change his life in that way?
Unfortunately, serving in the military means that you are always living with uncertainty. Chris and Natasha were soon greeted with the unwelcome news that Chris would be out to sea for even longer. Problems with North Korea had escalated international tension and Chris was needed.
Difficulty Back Home
News that North Korea was testing ballistic missiles rattled the western world, Natasha included. Natasha was already working multiple jobs while also taking care of their three children. The pressure was mounting on Natasha and her secret was making everything twice as difficult.
Wavering On Her Decision
With news that Chris would be gone another month, Natasha began wavering on her resolve. Maybe she SHOULD go ahead and tell him everything. After all, how would she feel if something happened to Chris while he was overseas and he would never know about her secret? Still, Natasha held fast. She knew how she wanted to reveal her secret to Chris and it wasn’t via an email.
Finally Heading Home
Finally, Chris’s six-month deployment finally came to an end. The Navy was finally heading home and Natasha was growing increasingly nervous. Now, the time to reveal her secret was finally coming and she couldn’t have been more anxious. Their children were just as excited to reveal the secret to their father. Chris had no idea what was waiting for him when he got back home.
June 23, 2017
Chris and the rest of his ship finally make it back home on June 23, 2017. The entire Daugherty family had made the journey all the way to San Diego in order to greet him as he docked. Chris was floored with emotion when he saw his entire family waiting for him, but even he realized that something was different.
A Curious Sign
One of the first things that Chris noticed after seeing his children was a sign that Natasha had been holding. With a smile on her face, Natasha had hoisted up a poster that read, “Welcome home, Baby Daddy.” Chris read the message but what the words meant never quite clicked in his head. Not right away, at first.
The Great Secret
When Chris arrived next to Natasha in order to give her a hug, he noticed something that he had not seen. Behind the sign, Natasha was almost 7 months pregnant! Chris was in disbelief and suddenly many different hints started to make sense inside of his head. Chris would go on to poke her belly just to make sure it wasn’t an elaborate trick. He even asked her, in shock, “Is that real?”
Overwhelmed With Emotion
When his confusion immediately abated, Chris transitioned straight into feeling overwhelmed with love and emotion. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Chris recalls, “It was a pretty awesome confusion going on here.”
One Heck Of A Father’s Day
Chris had returned home on Father’s Day, of all days. His momentous reunion with his family was like something straight out of a storybook! How can you ever top that kind of Father’s Day present? Chris was overwhelmed with happiness at the little miracle.
Surprise Goes Viral
In order to keep her rapidly growing stomach a surprise, Natasha had enlisted the help of her entire family. Every time that she would send pictures to Chris, she would find ways to hide her stomach. Chris was completely shocked, he had had no idea! What’s more, his reaction was captured on camera!
A Difficult Task
Natasha reveals that she confirmed her pregnancy about a week after he had left. At that point, Natasha had already been eight weeks pregnant! With such a huge surprise, she had to work hard in order to keep it a secret. Nasha calls the secret one of the toughest things she has ever had to do!
Soon, news outlets all over the country were talking about the sugary sweet surprise. Natasha revealed to ABC that she had decided to keep the secret because she knew how badly Chris would have worried while he was away.
A Romantic End
Even though the family was ecstatic, they were concerned that Chris would be deployed for the berth. Luckily, that wasn’t the case. Chris and Natasha were able to celebrate together as they welcomed their fourth child to the family, Anara Rose.