She didn't think she would have her husband by her as she welcomed her daughters home, but all that changed.
Cydney Cooper thought she wouldn't have her husband by her side to welcome her twin daughters home. But after 7 months of being away from each other, the young mother got one of the best surprises of her life. And slipping back into the shoes of a mother just became a little easier.
A few weeks earlier, Cydney had prematurely given birth to her daughters, Emma and Kyla Cooper, at 33 weeks of being pregnant while her husband, Skyler Cooper was away serving his duty in Kuwait.
Being a member of the Kansas Army National Guard and that put in hundreds of miles between the family and him. But moments like these become memories that they will remember for long.
Cydney, who is from from Topeka, Kansas, had given birth to the twins early at just 33 weeks of being pregnant. Given the premature delivery, her infant daughters had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit until she was strong enough to go home. As Cydney visited them in the hospital, she was just sending a text message to Skyler about how their daughters, and that's when he walked through the door and surprised his wife.
Seeing her husband after so long moved her to tears, and she sobbed as her husband wrapped his arms around her and his newborn daughter who was in Cydney's arms. Cydney told Good Morning America, "I was in shock. I felt like I had to almost take a breath again. I had been bouncing around so much between our boys and the girls, I was also relieved."
Parents would always imagine walking into their home hand in hand as they bring their baby home, but Cydney probably didn't think she would be able to do this with her twins this time. But Skyler made it just in time to change that. Having the chance to meet his daughters in the hospital was just what he needed, too. "It was an incredible moment to see him meet his daughters for the first time," said Cydney. "We just want to get them home now."
The entire moment of the family's soldier and hero coming home was captured on video and people couldn't help but be moved by it. Cydney uploaded the video on Facebook and wrote, "1 year of crazy, 1000s of miles, 1 solo pregnancy and delivery, 48392 Skype calls, some superheros, a few plane rides, 12 NICU days, tons of help from family and friends, and many tears later.... A soldier came home (I promise I hugged him--that is just me realizing everything is finally okay." And the post was liked more than 19,500 times.
Skyler had earlier tried but was unable to give Cydney a proper surprise, but his first successful surprise came at the best possible time. "He can't surprise me ever," said Cyndey Cooper, according to KSNT. "That was the first time that that had ever panned out for him." For Cydney, who had to have an emergency c-section and had the flu a week before giving birth, it was a massive relief to see her husband back. The little twins didn't have to wait long to meet their dear father.
Skyler himself wasn't certain if he would be able to make it back home. He said, "It was not a certain thing until they came and found me one afternoon and said you need to be down here with your bags packed in two hours." The Cooper family was immensely thankful that they were reunited, and Skyler was back to watch two beautiful new members being added to the brood.
Apart from the newborn twin daughters, Cydney and Skyler are also parents to two little boys, Leighton who was 3 years old and Corbett who was 1. And when Skyler walked into the house, he was incredibly happy to see his two little boys and carry them in his arms. The incredibly cute moment was caught on video too.
Watch the incredible moment of Skyler surprising his wife in the hospital.