It's always emotional when a soldier returns home from combat, but for a Rochester area soldier it was even more so as he got to meet his eight-month-old baby for the first time.
When Army helicopter pilot David Rogers left home nearly a year ago, his wife Jacqui was pregnant. Little Layla entered the world while he was half a world away in Afghanistan.
"Twenty-nine hours for the delivery and I was on Face Time the entire time, and on duty at the same time," David said. "So it was very stressful on both of us."
Friends and family helped Jacqui and David's two sons, Drew, 9, and Christopher, 3,
adjust to the new addition.
"I mean I've had lots of help and stuff, I have a lot of people who care about me," Drew said. "But I like my dad the best."
In the year David was away, Jacqui sent him pictures of Layla and care packages filled with the boys' school work.
"I sent him hundreds of pictures, I sent him pictures everyday so he had an idea of what was going on, how the kids were growing," Jacqui said.
Now the pictures have turned into a reality. In a matter of days, Rogers went from fighting for his country, to rejoicing with those he loves most. It's the thing he says he is the most excited for.
"Just to reintegrate with my family, get to know my daughter. Hopefully she doesn't cry when I hold her. She looks like she likes me," David joked. "And spend time with them, my wife and my kids, and just be thankful I am home."