The baby girl of a fallen U.S. Army soldier who was killed in Afghanistan when a suicide bomber attacked the NATO convoy he was travelling in, has met her father’s ‘brothers’ for the first time.
U.S. Army Specialist Chris Harris was killed last August but just one week earlier, he found out that his wife, Britt, was expecting their first child.
She broke the good news to her husband over FaceTime and created a handmade onesie that said ‘Chris you’re going to be a DAD!’
Surrounded by her father’s friends, Christian was photographed wearing her father’s dog tags and holding an American flag, all while wearing a shirt reading “My Daddy’s my hero.”
“Knowing that we could come home to a baby girl, that was awesome,” Sgt. Nathan Arthur Bagley told WTVD of visiting Christian upon returning from duty. “When everyone came home, that was the day she was born so that made it 10 times better.”
“It’s refreshing to see those blue eyes again,” Britt added of seeing Chris’ in their newborn.
Earlier this year, Britt also shared emotional photos from Christian’s first photo shoot, including pictures her baby sleeping next to a photograph of her father, and another in which she was wrapped up in his uniform.
“I wanted to capture as much of Chris’ spirit as I could. He was extremely devoted to the Army and his country,” the 26-year-old told Today in April. “I thought nothing could be more fitting for her photos and [it would be] something she can look back on with pride.”
Chris’ fellow soldiers, too, have been excited for the arrival of Christian after her father was killed by an IED in August at age 25.
In October, his unit gathered together to help Britt celebrate the baby’s gender reveal in a video that soon went viral on Facebook.
“Chris is an only child. They were his family,” Britt told.
“Everyone that I’ve met, before Chris passed and after, if they’re in the military, they’ve treated me like actual family, or royalty, actually.”
Harris ended up naming her daughter Christian Michelle for her late dad, Christopher Michael.