Sailor meets baby daughter for the first time at Buffalo Airport

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Tyler Trulock’s never been on a longer flight from Chicago.

The new dad has been waiting two months to meet little Sage, who’s birth he missed while he was out at sea.

“It’s unreal. It’s unlike anything else,” Trulock told News 4.

The E-3 aviation ordinance man and his wife, who’s also in the Navy,  found out they were expecting right before Tyler was deployed.

“We had about a month to scramble around and try to put everything together. We had to get a new place, we had to get a new car, we had to start getting baby stuff,” he said.

When Tyler finally met Sage for the first time, it was love at first sight. Little Sage instantly nuzzled into her dad, who’s a natural with the 2-month-old.

“What they’ve gone through, through this experience, watching her be such a strong woman and being pregnant all along with Washington,” said Tyler’s mom, Mona Proctor of her daughter-in-law.

For Paige, who’s from Buffalo, Wednesday’s reunion was all about feeling complete; after months apart, finally, her family is whole again.

“I’ve had a countdown on my phone since the day he left, so seven months and two days later, we were so excited,” Paige told News 4.

Someone else was also counting down the days.

Tyler’s mother-in-law, Suzanne Freydrych, recalled little Sage reacting to hearing her dad’s voice, even from hundreds of miles away.

“Once in a while when she did get to hear his voice on the phone, seeing how excited that Sage was getting to see, to hear her father,” she said.

The Trulocks are stationed in Washington. Tyler only has three weeks of leave before he’ll be back on a ship.

He says he’s just looking forward to getting to know little Sage. But he knows what these next couple weeks will really be about.

“Midnight feedings… not getting any sleep on vacation,” he said with a laugh. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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