Hope Pickering was a full-time nurse early in her pregnancy when her husband Dalton decided to join the United States Coast Guard. They had been talking about it for a while, and with the birth of their son looming on the horizon, it felt like the time to join and begin his military career.
Everything was looking good. The baby was developing normally, Hope was feeling as good as expected, and the pair were excited about their future. Dalton was even able to convince the recruiter to postpone his start date a bit so he wouldn’t miss the baby’s birth.
On a warm and sunny day in August 2017, their son, Malachi, entered the world. All was right. All was well.