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Special delivery at Ft. Hood, baby shower held for 150

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Ft. Hood mothers-to-be were showered with attention Friday. Away from their families and spouses on deployment, they got a chance to forget their worries for at least a couple hours.

The United Service Organizations and the What to Expect Foundation threw 150 expectant military wives and active duty service members a shower they may not otherwise get.

"I could not make the travel back home," said military wife Amy Franks.

Amy Franks is set to deliver her third girl on Memorial Day. Her husband Matthew, a drone mechanical engineer, is in Afghanistan and may not make it home for the birth.

"He's been there since September. He had to find out I was pregnant over the phone when they landed," Franks said.

She says they Skype during appointments and she emails him ultrasound photos.

"It's very hard, especially because I'm high risk. I've been in the hospital four times. Being some place like Ft. Hood and all of our family isn't here. It's very stressful," Franks said.

She is thankful for the chance to gather with others who are going through the same thing.

"I just came to Texas in October. Then my husband left in January," said Sgt. Angelica Lawson.

Sgt. Angelica Lawson's husband is in Egypt. She is due on the 30th.

"I'm nervous because I don't know what to expect, you know and I live by myself," Lawson said.

Lucky for her, Heidi Murkoff, author of the best-selling "What To Expect When You're Expecting" book was on hand to answer questions.

Those attending got a free book and a bag full of the essentials. Some very lucky moms went home with strollers, car seats and cribs.

According to the USO, they could have one of these showers a week. 250 babies are born to Ft. Hood soldiers per month.

"This just one way to say thank you for all you do," USO Spokesperson Robin Crouse said.

"I can't even explain it," Lawson said.

No one deserves this more than heroes like Lawson who has been deployed twice. Maybe now she will feel a little more prepared for her Jayla Marie.

"I'm excited. I can't wait to meet her," Lawson said.

The next shower will be held in Okinawa. To donate, go to uso.org.

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