Lisa and Ian Landis started dating as high school sophomores in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Four days after celebrating their fifth year of marriage the husband and wife welcomed a new member of their family to the world.
“We’re just overjoyed,” Ian Landis said, just shy of 24 hours after his son was born. “It’s been the craziest day.”
Born Jan. 2 at 3:23 p.m., Lucas Walter Landis is the first baby that St. John’s Medical Center delivered in the new year.
“It’s very surreal,” Lisa Landis said.
Dr. Mary Girling delivered the baby boy, who weighed 5 pounds and 12 ounces and was 19 inches long when he was delivered.
The Landises live in Wilson. Ian’s mother, Sue Landis, journeyed from Arizona to Jackson to see the newborn’s birth. Her husband, Doug, a flight attendant, couldn’t get the time off but can’t wait to see his grandchild, she said.
“I’m most excited for the opportunity to watch him grow and experience all of the things he’s going to see through his eyes,” Sue Landis said. “It’s a gift, that’s for sure.”
She gestured to her son and his wife.
“It’s a team effort,” she said. “And they’re so good together.”
The baby boy’s name has significance, his parents said.
“We’ve always liked the name Lucas and Luke,” Ian Landis said. “And Walter is one of his grandfathers’ first names.”
Lisa Landis wasn’t expecting her son until Jan. 16, but Mother Nature had other plans. Landis was induced into labor early because Lucas was in the 10th percentile for his weight and doctors hoped he could continue growing outside of the womb.
Just a day after he was born, baby Lucas was sleeping quietly.
“He’s little but healthy,” Lisa Landis said. As she spoke, the newborn cooed. “He sounds like a little mouse.”
The parents are split on which one their new son looks more like.
“He has long fingers, so in that way he takes after me,” Lisa Landis laughed as she pointed at her husband. “But I think he looks more like him.”
Both parents work at the Jackson Hole Classical Academy, a private school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Ninth grade will be added next school year. Lisa Landis is a music teacher — her long fingers come in handy — and Ian Landis teaches middle school math and science.
The couple’s history goes way back — generations, in fact. Their grandfathers knew each other when they were just 16 and in the U.S. Navy together. Lisa and Ian were high school sweethearts, and have been together since the 10th grade.
Their connection to western Wyoming can also be traced through several generations. Ian Landis’ grandparents came out to Wyoming every summer and were involved with Rocky Mountain Lodge in Dubois.
Lisa and Ian Landis said they were excited to be parents for the first time. Lisa’s sister is pregnant, with a May due date, so baby Lucas will have a cousin close in age.
When asked what they were most looking forward to about parenthood, Ian Landis said, “just finally getting to know him” and Lisa Landis said “just finally getting to meet him.” They’re eager to start learning their son’s personality, likes, dislikes and lovable quirks that make him who he’ll be.
Sue Landis feels the same.
“It’s going to be so hard to leave,” she said. “Oh, my word.”