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Soldier surprises daughter on her birthday

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  • Sgt. Adam Page returned early from Afghanistan and surprised his daughter during class
  • Six-year-old Baylee Page exclaimed, 'That's my only birthday present I wanted is you!'

It was anything but an ordinary day in kindergarten class for six-year-old Baylee Page. Not only was it her birthday, she also got to share a poster of her favorite things, including a picture of her soldier dad.

As she was pointing him out, the teacher told the little girl to turn around. And what was waiting behind her was the best birthday present of all… her proud father standing right there. HLN affiliate KSL caught the surprise reunion on video as Baylee rushed into her father’s arms exclaiming, “Daddy! How did you make it?”

Baylee hadn’t seen her father since last spring, and she thought it would be a little while longer before he came home again. Talking with HLN’s Vinnie Politan, the girl said, “I thought he wouldn’t be home until this summer.”

Sgt. Page went on to say things fell into place and allowed him to make it home in time for his daughter’s birthday.

“Everything just seemed to fall in perfect," he says. "It wasn’t any scheduling we had to do. It was just amazing how it worked.”

"That's my only birthday present I wanted is you," Baylee said while wiping tears from her face. KSL captured the happiness as she whispered, "I really missed you" and then hugged him again.

Sgt. Adam Page has been in the Army for seven years; his most recent deployment was in Afghanistan. He’s on leave for three weeks, and during that time Baylee says she plans to play a lot with her dad.

KSL reports the family got one more surprise this week. A company called Getaway Today is granting the little girl’s wish of going to Disneyland with her daddy. She and her family are headed there next week before Sgt. Page returns to duty February 17.

Watch Vinnie Politan on HLN's Prime News live weeknights at 6 p.m. ET and follow @VinniePolitan on Twitter.

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