FLINT (WJRT) (1/1/2018) - The Yeleniks welcomed their baby boy Braxton at 12:12 a.m. on New Years Day.
Mom Breanna had been in labor for three straight days since Friday with no baby until 2018 arrived.
"Let me tell you that epidural worked" Breanna laughed.
Unfortunately, she is no stranger to waiting. Her husband Matthew has been serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan for the past four months.
"Not being able to like put your hand on her stomach and feel the kicks," Matthew said. "That's rough."
He added even if they were brief, their occasional phone conversations kept him motivated.
"To touch base with home and make sure she's alright, nothing's going wrong, that's all I really needed to keep my mind off of it and keep going," he said.
They made arrangements to have Matthew home in early December, but there were a few setbacks.
"I got kind of stuck in Kuwait for a few days," he said. "And, it seemed like with every day man I'm getting too close, I'm not gonna be able to make it back in time. It was kind of scary."
Fortunately, the hospital staff at McLaren was able to help make Matthew's homecoming possible.
"I made a few phone calls and, you know, you try to plea on their better side, but the military came through. They got him home," said Dr. Jason McMaster.
Matthew will return to Fort Drum in New York in the next few weeks. Braxton and Breanna plan to join him in February.