What are the odds two “Star Wars” fans expecting their second son, whom they had planned to name Luke, would be scheduled to deliver via C-section on Star Wars Day?
Those odds turned out to be pretty good Tuesday.
Luke Gray Sokolowski was born May 4, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, to Matthew and Tamara Sokolowski. He weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 ½ inches long. The couple’s oldest son, Matthew, is 3 ½ years old.
Fans of “Star Wars” celebrate May 4 each year because the date reflects a catchphrase from the movies, “May the Force be with you.”
“It seems like it was just meant to be,” said Tamara Sokolowski, who had planned to name her second son Luke even before she knew his scheduled delivery date. “It’s a name I’ve always loved.”
Luke and other babies born Tuesday at Memorial hospitals in Springfield, Decatur, Lincoln, and Passavant Area Hospital were dressed as Baby Yoda to commemorate the day. Baby Yoda is the popular character from the Star Wars’ “The Mandalorian” television series. The Baby Yoda ensemble included a crocheted lightsaber.
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The Sokolowskis enjoy best the three original “Star Wars” movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
“I’m an ‘80s girl,” said Tamara. “I grew up with those movies.”
Tamara remembers her favorite characters being the Ewoks, those short furry forest-dwellers with a penchant for song and for poking other characters with spears.
“I also loved Princess Leia and, of course, Luke was my favorite,” she said.
“I’m definitely a fan of Luke,” agreed Matthew. “’Luke, I am your father.’”
Both Sokolowskis donned “Star Wars”-related T-shirts and have at-the-ready “Star Wars”-themed outfits for baby Luke. Embracing a “Do, or do not” approach to his son’s birth on Star Wars Day, Matthew purchased matching shirts for himself and Luke that read, “Master” and “Apprentice.”
“We’ll have fun birthdays,” Tamara said.