A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
Meet Lucas Mariner
September 7, 2017
On August 14th at 12:59 pm, we welcomed our third child, Lucas. When I was pregnant with him our son Charlie, suggested the name Luke to us and said, "You know, like after Luke Skywalker." My husband and I grew to like it and it was always in the back of our mind that he was supposed to be Lucas (or Luke). And for his middle name, Mariner, well you can guess why we decided on that.
Lucas was the biggest of my three, weighing in at 9 lbs. 11 oz. In fact, out of almost everyone in our families, he was the biggest (that I know of). The moment he came into this world the doctor jokingly said, "He's a linebacker!". Of course they look so little when the come out but as he was placed on the scale everyone's jaws dropped for how big he was. Even the nurses that came to check on him during the night asked me, "Did you have him naturally?" My reply was a shy "Yes, but he's my third."
Having a child in rural Southeast Alaska is not like having one in the "lower 48". Families must wait in the bigger cities, like Juneau or Sitka (or even Anchorage), to go into labor. Now when we were in Juneau waiting to have Lucas it just so happened that it was the two hottest weeks of the summer. Not ideal, for being 9 months pregnant and staying in a small hotel with two other children and your husband. But we kept active by playing "tourists" and talking walks to Nugget falls and hiking to Amalga harbor to pick seashells along the shore. We also spent time out Lena Beach with close Juneau friends, where the kids could paddle board and kayak. It was nice to enjoy Juneau and take our time to play in another Southeast town.
And at the end of the two hottest weeks, Lucas was still in my belly and not showing much progress of coming out. My biggest fear was that I would miss Charlie's first day of kindergarten. Stuart was going to be fishing and it was important for me to be there for my first born on his first big day at the "big school". But luckily, our doctor told me he would induce me so that I wouldn't miss it. So, August 14th my husband and I woke up at 6AM from a night of restless sleep (we were a bit nervous), hopped in the car to the Barlett Beginnings Birthing Center and 7 hours later he was here!
It seemed like an eternity waiting in Juneau but when he made his entrance, the wait was worth every hot summer minute. I couldn't have done it without the help of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law who helped care for our oldest two while Stuart and I patiently waited each night as we "thought" I would go into labor. But their reward was getting to witness little Lucas come into this world. Lucky me, who has a family that stuck it out with us. I am forever grateful. We also had amazing friends, who lived in Haines a few years ago. If it wasn't for them, my family wouldn't have been there to witness Lucas's birth. Lucky me, again!
It's been an amazing few weeks of emotions, learning, and most of all love. Love for our new little one Lucas Mariner and love for our complete family of five!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!