7-month-old baby holds adorable sign for soldier father she's never met as he returns from Afghanistan

  • Harper Tesar greeted her dad, Army Specialist Cole Tesar, on Sunday with the sign inspired by hit song 'Call Me Maybe'
  • Cole Tesar was deployed to Afghanistan 2 months before his wife Logan gave birth to their first child

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A seven-month-old girl who was born while her father was serving in Afghanistan has greeted him with an adorable sign.

'Hey I just met you and this is crazy, but my name's Harper and I'm your baby!' read the sign, referencing the hit song 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Baby Harper Tesar held up the fluorescent pink message to meet her father, Army Specialist Cole Tesar, as he returned home to Fort Polk, Louisiana on Sunday after a nine-month deployment.

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Adorable: A sign is attached to Harper Tesar's stroller for the moment she met her dad for the first time after he returned to the U.S. following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan

Adorable: A sign is attached to Harper Tesar's stroller for the moment she met her dad for the first time after he returned to the U.S. following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan

He said that knowing he would get to see his daughter got him through his time abroad.

'Knowing that when it was all said and done, I would be with my family, I would be able to hold my baby for the first time,' he told WOWT.

 

And when he finally held her, it was worth the wait, he said.

'It is definitely special,' he said of holding his daughter. 'It is a pretty good feeling.'

A photograph shows the moment they met - with Cole smiling as he greets his daughter for the first time while she looks up at him, wide-eyed.

Introduction: Army Specialist Cole Harper meets his daughter Harper while his wife Logan looks on

Introduction: Army Specialist Cole Harper meets his daughter Harper while his wife Logan looks on

Until the meeting, Tesar had only seen his daughter via Skype calls, including following her birth.

His wife Logan said she was excited to have her husband back to help out.

'With ultrasounds and when I went into labor and doctor's appointments, it was hard not having him there,' she told WOWT.

The image of baby Harper was initially posted to the WOWT Facebook page, where it quickly became a hit and racked up more than 1.5 million 'likes'.

'I couldn't believe how fast it went viral like instantly,' Tesar said.

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Family: Logan Tesar shows off her baby bump before her husband was deployed and, right, with Harper

Apart: He had only ever seen little Harper via Skype calls, but said the thought of her got him through

Apart: He had only ever seen little Harper via Skype calls, but said the thought of her got him through

He said they were overwhelmed and thankful for the support and that he was now enjoying being back home and watching cartoons with his daughter.

After the image was posted to the internet, other parents began posting images of their children holding up signs welcoming their dads home.

'Move it!' one read. 'I've been waiting my whole life to meet my Daddy!'

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Very sweet.

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what is that thing on her head?

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So adorable!!!!

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Hope they all have a long, happy and healthy life. Great story.

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oh my dear god. has no one on this site ever heard of harper lee?

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Sad isn't it?

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NOTHING existed before the Beckhams created it.

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Thank you for your service son! Congratulations Harper! Daddy's home safe!

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Both the baby and the sign are adorable. Many a military family ends up with just this situation at least once. It's rare to see such a funny first (delayed) meeting!

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Cuuuute baby!

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neat, named after Prime Minister Harper of Canada ... hope she will be OK with a boy's name.

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uh, no.

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I seriously doubt that she was named after Stephen Harper... what a stupid comment.

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How adorable. Good looking father too. Congratulations on his safe return and happy reunion with his beautiful wife. Very cute baby girl. Whenever I hear the name Harper though, I think of that 1966 film with Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall.

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