JACKSON, MO (KFVS)- "It's definitely really hard without him, but you just have to choose to be strong," said Chelsea Gilman.
At this point Gilman is used to doing it all. She found out she was pregnant as her husband of 7 months was on his way to a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.
"I just felt like I couldn't talk to him when I needed to and it was so hard," said Gilman.
But hard times had just begun, a pregnancy, a birth, and a newborn without her husband. She sent him photos of their new baby boy Gunner, but she couldn't wait for the two to meet in person.
"I'm so excited I feel like my heart is just going to be complete," said
"The whole way home I could see Perryville, then we hit Jackson, I flew over my sister's house I'm like I know I'm close," said John Gilman.