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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

In June, Private First Class Nicholas Patterson and his wife Lacey got some great news. Lacey was pregnant with their first child. Then just a month later, they got the news Nicholas would be deployed to Afghanistan just two months shy of the due date for baby Noah.

Nicholas was deployed New Year's Eve and Lacey went to the hospital unexpectedly on New Year's Day.

"Being away from your husband while he's in Afghanistan is hard enough but being eight months pregnant and going in to early labor just makes it so much harder," Lacey said.

After 11 days in the hospital, and more than a month before his due date, Noah decided it was time, and what perfect timing it was.

Nicholas happened to call just minutes before.

"He ended up calling me at 12:30, and he ended up being born at 12:45, so it was just a time, a great time so he was able to Facetime and see little man be born," Lacey said.

Thanks to modern technology, Nicholas was the first person to see all five pounds nine ounces of little Noah.

"It helped me a lot because he was able to sit there and encourage me," Lacey said. "He kept telling me I was doing great, and he kept telling me once he came, he kept telling me how good of a job I did and it was kind of reassuring, it's like even though he wasn't here, I really felt like he was."

Lacey said Nicholas should be home by October.

Between now and then she she's got a little piece of him to hold on to.

"When I look at him, I see a lot of his daddy in him, so it's kind of bitter sweet because it's like I want him to be here, but I know that even though he's not here, he's here in thought, and I mean he looks just like his daddy," Lacey said. "So it's like half of him is here anyway."

Noah and Lacey are still at Niswonger Children's Hospital, but Lacey said they'll hopefully be back home by next week.

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