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Modesty becomes him

Two ultrasounds indicated the baby was to be a girl.

So prospective parents Bridget and Hitch Roney of St. Petersburg selected the name Olivia Jeanne for their soon-to-be baby daughter and went about preparing the way parents do.

We're talking more than a smattering of pink.

The nursery they decorated in a dainty pink with a sweet Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit theme. A room befitting a young princess.

A baby shower was given in honor of mother and daughter. Maternal grandmother Jeanne Tucker bought 30 dresses _ including a Christmas dress _ for her soon-to-be namesake. And when mom-to-be left for the hospital, she packed a frilly pink dress for "little Olivia Jeanne" to come home in. Paternal grandparents Judge Paul and Sally Roney, who are taking two of their granddaughters to England as 13th birthday gifts this summer, were envisioning the year 2006 when they would be taking Olivia abroad.

But when the baby arrived at Bayfront Medical Center May 22 there was a quick name change. You see, Olivia Jeanne just wouldn't do for a 10-pound 9-ounce baby boy. Lane Sullivan Hitch Roney arrived to happy, but very surprised, parents. And the medical professionals were, presumably, a couple of shades redder than pink.

_ MARY EVERTZ, Times staff writer