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Hagerstown man returns from Iraq for birth of first child

Sgt. Taylor granted leave to welcome daughter into world

Sgt. Taylor granted leave to welcome daughter into world

February 15, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- Nestled in her mother's arms Wednesday afternoon, Savannah Taylor cried as visitors crowded into a room at Washington County Hospital, where the baby was born only hours earlier.

Sgt. Aaron Taylor stood by his wife's side, having traveled halfway across the world for the birth of his first child.

Taylor, 23, of Hagerstown, was five months into his second tour of duty in Iraq when he took an 18-day leave so he could be home for his daughter's birth.

Ashlee Taylor, 23, gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday morning.

The birth was induced to ensure that Aaron Taylor would have a chance to spend time with his daughter, Ashlee Taylor said.

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The girl weighed 6 pounds and was 18 1/2 inches long.

"She's adorable," said Erma Taylor, Savannah's paternal grandmother.

Both sets of grandparents sat in a hospital room Wednesday with their granddaughter and the new parents.

Ashlee Taylor plans to send her husband lots of pictures when he returns to Iraq, she said. During the pregnancy, Aaron Taylor had Internet access and they were able to talk almost every day though instant messaging, she said.

Using Web cameras, she was able to show him her growing belly. Aaron Taylor returned Feb. 3, so he was able to experience Savannah's kicks in the womb at the end of the pregnancy, Ashlee Taylor said.

A close extended family will be Ashlee Taylor's support while her husband is away, she said. The new mother, who is originally from Boonsboro, is living with her parents and has a close relationship with her in-laws, she said.

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