weighing 6 lbs and 8 oz. Proud parents are Chad and Sommer Tucker.
Mom and baby are doing great.
It seems like I've known her forever, but I met Sommer for the first time not even a year ago. Within the first month that we lived in Virginia, I arranged a birthday dinner for Mike. I called up one of his fellow Marine Officer Candidates and asked him to invite a few people for a surprise dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Little did I know that one of those guests would be Chad Tucker who would bring his wife, Sommer. To that point, I had not met anyone. We happened to sit beside one another and conversed easily throughout the meal. From that day on, we've been great friends. We have so much in common, yet our differences compliment each other.
The day we first met.
With our transition into military life, I can't tell you what a blessing having a friend like Sommer has been. We've shared many feelings about the challenges of being career-minded ourselves before leaving it to follow our husbands' dreams. We struggled through Mike and Chad's training in VA, not sure if we'd made the right choice. Having each other to lean on was so important to me.
We spent almost every day together, exercising, talking, shopping, eating. Then one day we talked about when we were going to have children. I told her that we were planning to have them very soon as we'd been married almost five years and the fact that during flight school would be the best time. Sommer and Chad originally didn't want to have children until they were 30, but after Chad joined that Marine Corps, they agreed with the logic of the timing as Chad was also a flight contract. They announced they were expecting last December.
Sommer and I, along with Mike and Chad, have endured all the symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy over the past months together. We have laughed at ourselves and enjoyed each other's company all the while. We talked about being scared of labor and parenthood. (I was so relieved that Sommer had a relatively short and smooth labor.) Now we'll look forward to going through all the newborn stages together!
Chad and Sommer - Congratulations on the birth of your son! We are thrilled for you both and look forward to watching little Griffin grow up. Thank you both for being such a great source of friendship and support since we've known you. We know you'll be great parents! God bless you.