Couple’s second child is first of the year in Tupelo

By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Alexander Bruce Minor jumped the gun on his Jan. 10 due date to become the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital first baby of 2013.
Born at 12:13 a.m. Tuesday morning, Alexander weighed seven pounds 10 ounces, and measured 19 inches in length.
Alexander is the second child of Vivian Kaufman, 20, and Bruce Minor, 22.
The couple said the birth was a quick one; after arriving at the hospital, Vivan spent only three hours in labor and received no medication to ease the pain.
Bruce said preparing for a new child is always difficult, but they learned a lot from their first child.
“We’re going to do lots of things different,” Vivian said. “It’s definitely a new experience, but we still have the hang of it a little better this time.”
The parents say their daughter Mallory, 2, has been looking forward to the addition.
“She’s been kissing (Kaufman’s) belly ever since she found out,” Bruce said.
Vivian said she never expected Alexander to arrive on New Year’s day, but her relatives saw it coming.
“I love him no matter when he was born, but my mother and sister were really rooting for a New Year’s baby,” Vivian said.
Though the couple is young by today’s standards, they said it helps keep up with their children. To an extent.
“If you’ve ever had kids running around, you know it’s hard to keep up with any of them,” Bruce said.
Vivian said she was looking forward to getting past the infant stages, so Alexander can play with his sister.
“I’m ready to get the ‘waking up every two hours’ part out of the way,” Vivian said.
Alexander is joined as a New Year’s baby by Samuel Earl Booke, Jr., born at 7:43 a.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Booker weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches long. Booker was born to Samuel Booker Sr., and Jazmine Brown, both of Oxford.
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