Late last summer, Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in action in Afghanistan, in a vehicle explosion. It was, of course, devastating for his wife, Britt Harris, but it was made even more tragic because it came just a week after he found out that she was pregnant with their first child. (Here come the tears.)
It took this dad a REALLY long time to get to the hospital for his baby's birthThis past March, their daughter, Christian Harris, was born, and in her recent newborn photoshoot, she got to meet some very special people: the soldiers who served alongside her late father. While Britt was pregnant with Christian and mourning the loss of her husband, she got a lot of support from his former unit and knew she wanted to plan something special for them once the baby was born.
“I wanted to let everyone meet Christian together,” she told CNN. And meet her they did. Take a look a this adorable Instagram picture of the soldiers holding up the two-month-old:
We love her little onesie that reads, “My Daddy’s my hero” with his name in a banner underneath. Britt says that Chris’s biggest goal in life was to be a dad and that when he found out about the pregnancy, he started to tear up and immediately told his friends in his unit.
The photo isn’t the first big role the soldiers have played in baby Christian’s life. A few months after Christopher’s death, his comrades helped reveal baby’s gender in a video that went viral. Take a look:
“They’ve been a part of her life before she was even born, and I know they’re going to be around for the rest of her life,” says Harris. “No matter where the Army takes them all, I will be able to show Christian how they all came together for her.”
During the shoot, they did another version of the gender reveal video—complete with the celebratory dab.
It’s wonderful to see such love and joy come out of such tragic circumstances. Britt’s caption in her Instagram post says it all: “Sometimes all we need to soothe our soul and ease our burdens is the loving hand of a friend gently touching our heart and lifting us towards love.”