Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Welcome to the World...


Born early morning on July 31 at Pensacola Naval Hospital,
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.


Carrie said...

That is wonderful!!! Congrats on being an Aunt again!!!
The Tuckers will be in our prayers!
Best Wishes!!

~Carrie Bowers!
(Matthew & Kim's friend)

Sara said...

I was just thinking that little Griffin should be entering the world any day now! Congratulations to the proud new parents! Can't wait to see a close up of the little guy!

Lori said...

Congratulations to Sommer and Chad! There is something very special about having a friend who is in the same stage of life. You will be such a source of encouragement to one another!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sommer and Chad! I'm sure he's beautiful, can't wait to meet little Griffin. Sommer, hope you're doing well you look great.


Brandon & Carolyn Schroder said...

Sommer just called! OH MY GOODNESS- so excited! Can't wait to see more pictures. Glad you were able to visit the new mommy. Wish we were all there!

Chad and Sommer Tucker said...

Okay, I am still emotional and that definitely made me cry. Thank you for being there for me through everything. I couldn't ask for a better friend. We love you guys

Kim said...

Casey, I'm glad you have Sommer to give you encouragement over the next few months that you can do it (give birth to Abby Kate). Congratulations, Sommer! I'm so excited for you that the delivery is behind you. Enjoy this time of getting to know little Griffin. It only gets better from there!!

Lyndsay Smith said...

Congrats Sommer! I am so happy for you! And Casey...here's the chance to get in some extra practice. :) Having the support of each other is such an awesome thing! Enjoy your new baby boy, Griffin (I LOVE the name by the way!)