TACOMA, Wash. -- One birth gave a mom two reasons to smile. Amanda Arehart was at Tacoma General for a scheduled Cesarean delivery Tuesday when she received a big surprise from her husband.

He wanted to be here as much as I wanted him here, said Amanda.

Amanda's husband, Matt Arehart has been stationed overseas in Afghanistan for the last seven months. But his third tour of duty meant he could not be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

He was the only person I wanted to hand our healthy son too, said Amanda.

I knew it meant a lot to her, said Matt.

It took a month of asking before Matt received the permission, and it took more than 20 hours of traveling before he was home. He made it a secret mission and did not tell his wife.

Tuesday Amanda was at the hospital, completely unaware that Matt had just arrived and was down the hall. With a camcorder rolling, he walked into her room and surprised her. His timing was great because new baby Gunner arrived about 15 minutes later.

I still don't know what to think about it. It is so amazing. We get this healthy baby. I get my husband home, it's a little intense, said Amanda.

Matt Arehart is a Combat medic out of Joint Base Lewis McChord. He does not know how long he will be able to stay home, but he plans on enjoying Thanksgiving with family.
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