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It’s a boy! Timothy Minter is the first Floyd County baby of the New Year

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Timothy, who will be known as Buddy after Tim’s father, was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 19 1/2 inches long, when he was born at 4:25 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Floyd Medical Center.

“I’ll be taking him to work with me as soon as he’s able,” Tim said with a smile.

Asked who’s going to help the most with the newest addition to their family, the hands of Buddy’s four sisters shot up simultaneously. Ranging in age from 19 to 6, they each voiced plans for their baby brother that will likely keep him busy the rest of his life. 

“When I found out I was pregnant, I thought, ‘we’re never going to have a boy,’” Jessica said. “Then we had the ultrasound … ”

Tim said the couple didn’t look at the results then. They put it in the hands of their best friends, who planned a gender-reveal party.

Everyone was blindfolded and divided into two groups: Those who thought the baby was a boy and those who thought it was a girl. Then they picked up water guns that had been secretly filled with colored water and had at it.

“When it was over, we took off our blindfolds and everyone was covered in blue,” Tim said. “Even then, I still wasn’t sure I believed it.”

Buddy’s sisters immediately embraced the idea of a new brother and were at FMC to welcome him into the world. They each donned the matching shirt their mother had made, gray jerseys with hot pink sleeves.

Emblazoned on the chest in glittery script was Little Sister, for Makinnah, 6; Big Sister, for Malia, 10; Bigger Sister, for Madeline, 17; and Biggest Sister, for Macie, 19.

“It was a last-minute thing,” a tired but happy Jessica said. “But he came a day and a half early and I didn’t get to make his.”