Local military members give birth to Independence Day baby

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In a rare story that not even Hollywood could write, a baby was born on Independence Day to two local military parents, Friday.
Nicole Cowen and Michael Acquaviva were both born and raised in Central New York, and served in the military. On Friday, they welcomed their new daughter, Sophia, as an extra special Fourth of July present for the two patriots.
Nicole served in the Army while Michael was in the Marine Corps. They are both very thankful for having a very special holiday to them, become even more significant in their lives.
"Being over there, coming home and having a child makes me feel really really grateful because there was so many points in time that i may not have made it back," said Michael. "But to come back home and have a child is a very, very amazing feeling, especially when I had friends of mine who didn't make it back home or were unable to have children due to injuries they sustained. 
"So for me to come home and have a child is very grateful." 

Nicole was induced on July 2nd, and Sophia Leigh arrived at 4:18 p.m. On July 4th.  

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