By David Aspinall
This is the adorable moment a baby boy laid eyes on his military father for the very first time with his new glasses.
Reagan Caldwell, aged nine months, got his glasses just after his father Brandon was deployed to Antarctica with the Air Force for two months.
As Captain Caldwell, who has served in the Air Force for a decade, returned home, the emotion visibly overcomes him and his son.
Reagan’s mum Amanda films as Brandon, still in uniform, sings Reagan a song at their upstate New York, USA, home.
The toddler grins uncontrollably staring at his military father through his adorable blue glasses.
Halfway through the song, Reagan rested his head against his father’s chest as he hugged him bringing tears to Brandon’s eyes.
Mum Amanda said: “This was the hardest deployment yet by far.
“You can see how hard it was for Brandon to be away from Reagan by the emotion he showed when he finally had him in his arms again.
“Reagan did not skip a beat and is loving having daddy back home.”
Reagan uses his glasses because Group B Strep (GBS) developed sometime after delivery, leading to a host of other complications including meningitis and sepsis, resulting in the new-born ending up in ICU.
After Amanda was tested for GBS and learned she had it, she was only told that she would be given antibiotics during delivery.
She added: “I was never told this could make my baby sick and I was never told this could make my baby sick after leaving the hospital.
“I was not told anything about warning signs or symptoms of meningitis and sepsis.
“Other mums should ask questions, do research on it, and if they think there’s something going on with their baby take them into the paediatrician or the emergency room immediately.”
Amanda revealed she has left her job as a teacher to take care of Reagan full time.
The tot is doing well but requires physical, occupational, and speech therapy, and takes classes for the visually impaired and special education at home.