Soldiers return home just in time for Christmas

CREATED Dec. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 24, 2013

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WAUKESHA - Four-month-old Taylor has waited her whole life to meet her daddy.

“He was there via Skype, so that helped a little bit.  It wasn’t the same as him being there,” said Taylor’s mom, Jessica Reeves.

The raw emotions poured from soldier Anthony Reeves face as he met his baby for the first time

“It is surreal.  It is a dream come real.  It’s all I thought about over there.  Through all the danger all I could think about was her,” Anthony Reeves said.

135 soldiers were welcomed back to Waukesha after 7 long months in Afghanistan.

“Every day I had her picture with me every day,” said Anthony Reeves.

He was thankful to have those pictures, but he added there’s nothing like having the real thing in his arms.

“It’s amazing.  It is amazing.  There are no words to describe it.  My heart is bigger than I ever thought it could be.  It’s a dream come true for me,” Anthony Reeves said.

The 372 Engineer Company wasn't supposed to come home until April, so the Reeves say they are going to cherish their first Christmas with baby Taylor.