A military wife recently surprised her husband with their one-week-old baby after boot camp training kept him hundreds of miles away.

Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez of Pensacola, Florida, told Fox News Digital that she gave birth to her daughter, Lyla Hadassah, on February 1.

At the time, her husband was undergoing training at the Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Her husband, Roger Rodriguez Paez, originally from Venezuela, officially became an American citizen on the exact day their little Lyla was born.

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He also graduated from training camp last Thursday.

Talk about major life milestones: Roger Rodriguez Paez became a father, an American citizen, and a Navy sailor all in one week.

Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez surprised her husband with their one-week-old daughter after he graduated boot camp. (Ashleigh Rodriguez Páez)

Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez explained that she and her husband were expecting a girl.

The couple decided to do things the old-fashioned way — and waited to find out the baby's sex until the big day.

“We didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl, but we both really wanted a girl,” she said.

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The first-time mother had a difficult birth, but ended up giving birth to a healthy baby girl. First consulting medical professionals, Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez — who works as a labor and delivery nurse — decided to make the journey to see her husband.

She said she consulted with the baby's pediatrician and another doctor, and both approved the trip.

“They both said, 'Yeah, it's fine. Just keep her covered. Don't let people come and touch her,'” she said.

Ashleigh, Roger and Lyla

Roger Rodriguez Paez and his newborn daughter met after the Navy sailor graduated from boot camp. (Ashleigh Rodriguez Páez)

On the day Roger Rodriguez Paez graduated, the couple met at a Chicago airport.

A touching video showed the couple embracing before the new father held his daughter for the first time.

“When he saw us, he was running through the airport and gave me a hug,” Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez said. “And then I gave Lyla to him… It was magic in her eyes.”

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“I think this is super cheesy, but he was so impressed,” she said.

The new mother was told that she would love her husband even more when she saw him as a father. Speaking to Fox News Digital, she said she can confirm that, for her, the idea really rings true.

Ashleigh holding Lyla in the delivery room

Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez gave birth to her daughter, Lyla Hadassah, on Feb. 1 while her husband was in Marine boot camp. (Ashleigh Rodriguez Páez)

“It was like a moment for me, watching him with her for the first time… because it felt like I was a single mom, in a sense,” she said.

“So it was really comforting when I finally got them together and he finally met her, and then we were able to have moments together as a family.”

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She emphasized that her husband's absence at the birth was as difficult for him as it was for her.

“This is a huge sacrifice for him, for him to leave,” she said.

Roger and Ashleigh at the Navy office

Venezuelan-born Roger Rodriguez Paez became a father, U.S. citizen and Navy sailor all in the same week. (Ashleigh Rodriguez Páez)

“He's not alone. You know, there are other men in his division when he was graduating, going through the same thing… It's just amazing what these Navy sailors and other service members do for their families.”

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Roger Rodriguez Paez will now attend technology college in Great Lakes. The couple plans to move there with their daughter to San Diego, Ashleigh Rodriguez Paez told Fox News Digital.

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