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Mom's big day arrives just in time

May 12, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

RANSON, W.Va. - Melissa Castle celebrated her first Mother's Day Sunday with her one-day-old son.

Her husband, Mark Lewis Castle, held their child, Mark Lewis Castle II, in his arms gingerly as she spoke of her new mother status on the one day set aside to celebrate those who bring forth life.

She joins a world of diaper changes and middle-of-the-night feedings.

Like other new mothers before her, the significance of becoming a parent struck her as "scary."

"It's just new. I don't know what to expect," Castle said.

"The scariest thing is not knowing what he needs because we can't tell yet," Castle said.

She doesn't have plans for her son's future yet. At this point, she said she's just relieved to have gotten through 13 hours of hard labor.

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Castle, 25, of Charles Town, W.Va., received a dozen roses from her husband and promises of support from her mother, Wanda Hill.

Castle and her husband had talked about having a child for some time before deciding the time was right. They have been married for nearly five years.

She has worked as a teller for the Bank of Charles Town for seven years. He has been an electrician with Southern Electric for nine years.

They knew it would mean additional work and it would mean a tremendous responsibility, she said.

"I figured not having a child would be worse than worrying about what if I did," Castle said.

"I can't deny myself a child because I'm scared," Castle said.

Hill told her daughter it's important to take things "one step at a time."

Hill understands the fears that come with motherhood.

She became a mother when she was 18, but the twin girls died about eight hours after she gave premature birth. They were named Paula and Carla Hill.

Fourteen months later, she gave birth to Melissa Hill. She also has another daughter, 21.

"I've always had a close relationship with my mom," Castle said. "Having the baby adds another special bond."

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