The real millennium baby
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:20 AM
"If you're of the ilk that believes the millennium begins with the year 2001, meet the real millennium baby.Samuel Wayne Luker checked in at 7:16 a.m. Jan 1 at the new Harrison Hospital-Silverdale birthing center, weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. Dr. Nancy Bohannan assisted with the delivery.And even though his family - parents Nancy and Bud Luker, sister Katie and brother Nick - welcomed the New Year in the car heading to the hospital, they were thrilled with the event.I thought the (birth) date was cool, 01-01-01, because it's computer language, said Bud. Samuel's actual due date was Jan. 3.He's an exceptional baby, Nancy said as she held the sleeping, brown-haired boy in their Bremerton home. He's the quietest baby. Samuel's advent, as well as his auspicious birth date, were a surprise for the Lukers, whose other children are 13 and 11 years old.It just kind of happened, said Nancy. He's a little angel sent from heaven, a miracle baby.And he'll be the last, Bud joked. Take a little time away from the kids, and (this is) what happens.Each also had a different reaction, from pleased (Nicholas) to nausea (Katie), when Nancy discovered she was pregnant again after 11 years.The parents were initially apprehensive when they first learned about the baby.We didn't know what we were going to do, said Nancy, who was office manager for the Olympic Peninsula Kidney Center.Neither did her older children. They didn't believe us at first, Nancy said of her children. Katie got sick, from nerves I think.But Nick decided right away the baby was a boy, while Katie wanted it to be a girl.Nick has been very excited the whole time with anticipation, Nancy said.Both kids have been helpful the whole time. I've been very lucky, the kids are very supportive.The birth was a real family affair, in fact.They were with Nancy throughout her labor, up to the last half hour before Samuel was born, said Bud. And although he was with Nancy when his first two children were born, this time he cut the cord.And I changed his first poopie diaper, Katie said proudly.We ended up double-teaming because I was a little out of practice, Nancy said with a laugh.Katie's taken a baby-sitting class and has cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, she added.But Samuel's gastrointestinal system was in good working order, and it took four tries, two baby shirts, and a couple of receiving blankets before that first change was completed.My New Year's resolution was to give up smoking so I could afford diapers, Bud said.He and Nancy returned to Bremerton, where they grew up, a couple years ago. They were high school sweethearts at Bremerton High, when Nancy was editor of the school paper and Bud was a photographer.They followed his job as a copier and computer network technician for Minolta to New Hampshire in 1989.We wanted (the children) to experience some of the same things we did when we were kids, said Bud. That's why we moved back. Washington is a good state for kids.Samuel's sister and brother are already thinking about his future.Katie, an honor roll student at Bremerton Junior High who would like to become an attorney, wants Samuel to be her associate.Nick, a sixth grader at Mountain View Middle School, wants Samuel to follow in his footsteps to the Warren Avenue Peewee football team.He's decided that when Samuel is 7, he'll be about 19, and he wants to coach Sammie's Pee Wee team, said Nancy.Nancy quit her job and plans to stay home a while with her youngest son.I realized how fast they grow up, and I just want a little more time to cherish this one, she said.He's a keeper, he's legal size, Bud added proudly. "