In this heartwarming video, a sailor meets his son for the first time, having been thousands of kilometres away at sea when his wife gave birth!

Leo Laurente was excited to find out that his wife was pregnant with their first child. But, being a sailor and away for long periods of time, he knew that he would possibly miss the birth of their first baby.

Baby Ezrah was four months old, when Leo (who had only seen his baby in pictures and on FaceTime) finally held him! “My baby was already four months old by the time I finally got to hold him – but it felt so precious holding him for the first time”.

The new dad admits that it was hard to miss milestone moments like his son’s first bath and his first smile.

After finishing a nine-month stint in January, Leo is enjoying being a full-time dad until he sets sail again!

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Leo and baby Ezrah’s first heartwarming exchange was caught on camera and is featured in the video above.