Jude Owen Melton

One year ago this very day, I was teaching class at Noblesville High School, with no idea that my second son would be born that night.  I got the call from Lacey during lunch that her doctor’s appointment had gone well, but that she had been having contractions.  These became more regular, so as soon as school was over, I raced home and took her to the hospital.  I remember being extremely nervous that I wouldn’t make it in time, but luckily Lacey was the picture of calm.  Dad had graciously agreed to come over to the house and watch Noah, so that we could get to the hospital, and we got there with plenty of time to spare.

Birth number two went much more smoothly than number one, which should have given us a clue about his personality compared to his brother 🙂  The contractions progressed well, Lacey had her epidural and a small bit of pitosin, and that seemed to do the trick.  She was able to have him without a c-section and we were very thankful for that.  Watching the birth was just about the most amazing thing I have ever seen, and I still tear up to this day when I think about seeing my little man for the first time.  Jude was born around 11 PM, at 9 pounds 1 ounce, 21 and 1/2 inches long.  My Mom and Dad were able to see him just after an hour post-partem, and were ecstatic.  To this day, I have never seen a baby so happy, smiley, and pleasant.  It is so easy to make him laugh, and yet every single time he does, the room seems to brighten.  I am incredibly thankful for both of my children, but on this day in particular, I celebrate the day that Jude was brought into our lives.  Happy Birthday.

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