Men and women who serve in the military sacrifice so much for our country, but the biggest sacrifice has to be the time spent away from their families during deployment. A new video that has now gone viral illustrates just how much one military dad is missed by his baby girl—and it will break your heart.
“This is my Granddaughter with a bear that has my sons voice recorded on it,” reads the caption for the original video, posted on YouTube by the girl’s grandfather, Larry Bert. “He says ‘Hi P, I love you see you soon’. My son has been deployed in the military and was gone for 1 month when P’s Mother (Kelly) gave her the bear. He will return home late summer. His wife (Kelly) gave birth to little girl in April 2017 and her Dad will not see her until she’s 4 months old.”
In the one-minute clip, which has since been shared by Jukin Media and 22 Words (the latter received 28,000 reactions and more than 16,000 shares), the tiny tot, who according to Liftable is named Pia, clutches the stuffed animal.
To her surprise and delight, she discovers that when she squeezes it, the teddy plays back her daddy’s voice. The baby girl plays it over and over again, hugging it tight, squealing, and shouting, “Yay! Dad!” She even drops to the floor to cuddle the bear.
This might be the sweetest yet simultaneously heartbreaking thing we’ve ever seen. Here’s hoping this little one gets to hug her daddy in real life very soon. Want one of these for yourself? We found similar recordable plush teddy bears on Amazon for only $14.98.