By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
This year’s first baby of the New Year at Chase County Community Hospital is truly that—a New Year’s Baby.
Little Timothy Tatum May was born Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at 1:10 p.m. to parents Taylor and Michelle May of Imperial.
Staff at the hospital can’t remember when the first baby of the New Year actually arrived on Jan. 1, if ever.
Whether the newborn is the first Jan. 1-born New Year’s Baby here or not, he’s still pretty special to his parents and other family members.
The new parents visited about their newborn Monday as he slept seemingly undisturbed in Taylor’s and then Michelle’s arms.
He is the couple’s first child, and it’s safe to say he arrived with a little more challenge than many births.
The couple first arrived at the hospital last Thursday, Dec. 30, about 6:30 a.m. to be induced when Michelle was about a week overdue. Labor started, but Michelle said she wasn’t progressing like doctors hoped, so the couple was sent home about 5:30 p.m.
However, about 9 hours later, 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, her contractions became more regular so they returned to the hospital. However, young little Tatum was taking his time.
Michelle said doctors got a little concerned after several hours with the baby’s heart rate. In addition, he was turned sideways, so they decided to take him by C-section.
He officially entered the world at 1:10 p.m. New Year’s Day with the help of Drs. Jonathan Richman and Jose Garcia.
He weighed 7 lbs. 7 ozs. and measured 19 1/2 inches.
“I was glad he wasn’t any later,” the new dad said of Tatum’s Jan. 1 arrival.
“I was getting a little impatient,” said Michelle.
With an original due date of Christmas Eve, Michelle said she had her bags packed for awhile, including a Christmas outfit for him.
She said he’ll still be able to wear that outfit, even though Christmas Day has passed.
With all of his grandparents, Tim and Tammy May and Maggie Dill living in Imperial, the newborn will be getting lots of attention.
Little Tatum is the third generation “Timothy” in the May family. His dad’s full name is Timothy Taylor, while grandpa is Timothy Lloyd.
Along with his grandparents, a great grandmother, Jeanne Cahill, also lives in Imperial. Other great grandparents include Eleanor Dill of Alliance, Agnes Wynne of Scottsbluff and Shirley Kokes of Crook, Colo.
Michelle’s sister, Jesse, also lives here, and has two children, cousins Ashlyn, 6, and Kolt, almost 2.
Being the New Year’s Baby at the local hospital comes with an array of gifts, donated by local businesses, adding even more joy to the birth.
Gifts to 2011 New Year’s Baby
- Added Touch—Baby blanket/play mat.
- Adams Bank and Trust—$25 savings bond.
- Adams Drug—Burt’s Bees assorted basket
- Adams Lumber—Pickup penny bank.
- Artistic Woodworking—$20 check.
- Bella Salon—Gift (wrapped)
- Brickstone Grille & Sports Bar—$25 gift certificate.
- Capitol Liquor—$25 gift certificate.
- The color box—Assorted body products for mom.
- Curly Olney’s—Case IH onesie.
- Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts—Gift (wrapped)
- First Bank & Trust—$50 savings bond.
- Imperial Country Ford—$25 check.
- Frenchman Valley Coop—$20 gift certificate.
- Harchelroad Motors—$50 gift certificate.
- Hill’s Family Foods—$25 gift certificate.
- Imperial Beef—$25 gift certificate for beef.
- Imperial Credit Union—$25 check.
- Imperial NAPA—Gift and mug.
- Imperial Republican—1 yr. subscription.
- M&M’s Natural JAZ—$25 gift certificate.
- Moreland Realty—$25 gift certificate.
- Owens’ True Value—$20 gift certificate.
- Pinnacle Bank—$50 savings bond.
- Pizza Hut—$50 gift card.
- Shari’s Ceramics—Teddy bear.
- Southside Liquor—Bottle of wine.
- Steve’s Video—2 free rentals.
- Super Foods—Assorted basket.
- Subway—2 free tickets for 6” sub.
- Triple O Repair—Blanket, wipes, card.
- Troxell’s Heating & Appliance—$15 check.
- 21st Century—Play set.
- Walgren’s—$20 gift certificate.