'Rocky T' is Knoxville's First Baby of 2007

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Knoxville (WVLT) - The first baby born in Knoxville in 2007 entered the world at 12:37 Monday morning.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford introduces you to the new year's baby and his proud family.

Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes.

"I'm real excited. I was really anxious to have him," says Charity Pritchard.

Meet Christian Rocco Touseull, a healthy six pounds, ten ounces.

"He's a good one," Charity says with a laugh. "He's sleeping a lot so I'm liking that. Hopefully he keeps that up."

First-time mom Charity Pritchard says her son came seven days early.

"It was a shocker. I wasn't expecting it."

19-year-old Pritchard is a sophomore at UT and plays the saxophone in the Pride of the Southland marching band.

"They're going to nickname him "Rocky-T" cause I'm in the University of Tennessee band. So I've been marching and he's heard a lot of Rocky Top so far," Charity jokes.

So she's not in Tampa, but says she couldn't be happier holding Christian in her arms.

"I like his hair. It's really fuzzy," Charity says.

"He reminded me so much of her," says new grandmother Donna Touseull. "He looks a lot like she did when she was born, and I just couldn't believe he was home."

Pritchard's mom, Donna Touseull, will help take care of her grandson as her daughter finishes up at UT.

"She's always been a hard worker, kind of an over-achiever in many ways, and he's going to have an excellent example in her," Donna says.

Donna says she couldn't think of a better way to start off 2007.

"First grandchild and it's the baby new year, and it's just, what a way to start the year," says Donna.

A year centered around this little guy.

"Just watching him grow," says Charity.

"Just remarkable just how wonderful life is and how amazing that such a beautiful thing can come from God." Says Donna.

Pritchard and her son also received several gifts from UT hospital for being the first new mom and baby of the year.