Top steps, from left: Lauryn (Pumpkin), Mike (Sugar Bear), Jessica (Chubbs), Anna (Chickadee). Bottom steps, from left: Alana (Honey Boo Boo), June (Mama)
08/28/2012 at 03:05 PM EDT
The littlest member of the loud, proudly redneck family
in TLC's hit reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
is already sparking controversy.
Tabloid reports have claimed that outspoken matriarch "Mama" June has mocked her 5-week-old granddaughter Kaitlyn, who was born with four fingers and two thumbs on the right hand.
Not true, June, 33, says of the reports. "We have embraced [the abnormality]. It makes Kaitlyn more special to us."
The baby, whose mom is June's 18-year-old daughter Anna, was born on July 26 weighing 6 lbs., 2 oz. June – herself a teenage mom who was just 15 when she had Anna – has been helping to care for Kaitlyn while Anna prepares to finish her senior year of high school in the family's hometown of McIntyre, Ga.
"Sometimes my mama gives me pointers," says Anna, who declines to name the baby's father and says he is not in the picture. "Sometimes I just learn on my own."
Of course, the baby also has a very young aunt to keep her entertained: Alana "Honey Boo Boo," Thompson, who turned 7 Tuesday. (She shares the birthday with big sis Anna.)
Says Alana: "Baby Kaitlyn's so cute."
For much more on Honey Boo Boo and her no-holds-barred family, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday