Watch: US Navy Sailor Gets Adorable Surprise From Wife Upon His Return Home

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After six months of deployment on board the USS Carl Vinson, an American Navy sailor came home to a jaw-dropping surprise from his wife — a new family member.

When Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Daugherty, a Navy cryptologic technician, stepped off a carrier dock in San Diego, he was shocked to learn his wife was not only pregnant, but weeks away from giving birth.

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In the video, which was shared by Daugherty’s wife, Natasha on her Facebook and has since gone viral since its June 23 posting, the sailor can be seen getting a big hug from his two daughters and son.

While hugging his little darlings, outfitted in mini sailor attire, his wife, Natasha stayed behind in an attempt to hide her stomach behind a large poster that read, “Welcome Home Baby Daddy.” When the doting husband reaches out to her for a hug, she tosses the poster aside to reveal a nearly eight-month pregnant belly.

The video, which has raked up more than 122,000 views and set social media afire, finds California native, Daugherty looking down at his wife’s belly with a shirt that reads, “I am the present my daddy gave my mommy before he deployed.”

After a shocked pause, he pokes at the belly and asks, “Is it real?”

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Onlookers, smitten by the adorable announcement, watch as the couple embrace and kiss.

While onlookers smile and laugh, Chris embraces and kisses his wife.

The Daugherty have three children, a 10-year-old son, a 4-year-old girl and an 18-month-old toddler, with baby number four joining the family in just a short while.

Natasha tells Inside Edition that she hid the pregnancy only because she knew the news would make him homesick, especially after tensions rose with North Korea.

“I had to monitor when my kids called him on the phone,” Natasha told the news magazine. “I had to monitor everything on Facebook and everything on emails to make sure nothing showed the belly.”

Photo credit: Facebook / FUZE Photography

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Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.