New Baby Born to 875th Family

November 22, 2007 -- Posted at 6:22 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- A Region 8 soldier returns home from Iraq just in time for the birth of his second child.

Justin Kirk has been overseas since October when the 875th Engineer Battalion left to defend our country.

On Thursday morning Emma Ann Kirk was born.

Justin Kirk's furlough from Iraq is for two weeks.  He arrived home on Wednesday, February 14th.

"I'm happy to have my son home and to have my new granddaughter.  It's wonderful," said Teresa Watts.

Justin's mom Teresa Watts was one of many who spent most of the morning pacing and waiting for the newest member of the family to arrive.

"I've got four grandsons and one granddaughter so I wanted to see some pink and lace in there and Luke needs a little sister," said Angie Hill.

"I just see him and she looks just like him," said Watts.

Kirk was able to schedule when he would come home.

"We knew we were going to have a c-section because that's what we had with the first one so we planned it and I picked my dates," said Kirk.

To be here for this birth, he had to miss several major holidays which was hard on his family.

"It's been very sad.  This was my first Christmas and my first Thanksgiving in 22 years without him.  It was hard," said Watts.

Since Kirk arrived on February 14th, he has less than a week left to spend with his wife and two children before returning to battle.

"He goes back March 2nd and I know when he comes back it will be for good," said Watts.

"It's going to be tough but I just count down the days until I come back.  It's all I can do," said Kirk.

Emma Ann weighed in at 7 pounds and was 20 inches long.