Military Mom & Dad's Miracle Baby Is Just 13 Ounces at Birth (VIDEO)

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micro-preemie Jayce Odin BoelkWhen I brought my newborn daughter home from the hospital, she was nearly 7 pounds. Still, I could hardly believe that I was responsible for this tiny human being! I felt like she was the tiniest, most fragile thing on the planet. Even looking back, I still feel that way, but then I read stories like that of little Jayce Odin Boelk who was born at -- get this -- 13 ounces!

Let me repeat that: ounces. That's just a tiny bit bigger than a can of soda! It's the size of a first class letter! Only we're not talking cans of soda or envelopes. We're talking about a baby. And now for the amazing news.

Last week, 126 days after being born as one of the smallest babies in the world, the smallest baby ever to come into this world at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Jayce went home.

His parents, Marine Cpl. Monica Lovings and her husband, Marine Cpl. Allen Boelk, were able to take their little boy out of the NICU at the time they expected to actually become parents -- Jayce was born four months premature on October 11. He was kept in the hospital for all this time to prepare his body for life outside of a hospital.

I'm caught between wanting to cheer and do a jig for this military family and marveling at how silly I was back when I brought my daughter home. She was nearly 7 pounds! Compared to little Jayce, she was a giantess!

Jayce's story really puts things in perspective for me. It can be intimidating being a brand new mother, especially when you have this teeny weeny little person in your arms. But little people can do amazing things ...

Check out this incredible family:

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How big was your baby at birth? Were you intimidated by his or her size?


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PerkyMe PerkyMe

All Glory to God!!!!  What an amazing story.... he is truly a trooper baby gift

nonmember avatar Kendra

My daughter was 7lbs 5ounces and my son was 9lbs 6ounces

Rhayne Ball

My daughter was born 10 weeks early weighing in at 2 lbs 13 oz and was 14 1/4in long. This little guy would have made her look HUGE!

Mommi... MommietoJB

Micro preemie babies can be so tiny but their will to live and fight is strong. My son was born 3 months early and weighed 2 lbs. When he finally came home he was just 5lbs,6oz. To say I was intimidated was an understatement. I will pray for this precious little miracle to grow and get stronger.

BPayne09 BPayne09

My son was 8lbs 6oz and he seemed so tiny. I can't imagine 13oz!

John Basden

I thought medical opinion was not to help babies survive if they weight under a pound.  I'm glad he can go home but no doubt he will have mental development problems.

Jespren Jespren

@John above, in the UK it's no help under a pound. In the US hospitals all have their own guidelines. The record holder for smallest baby is somewhere in the range of just 9oz!

nonmember avatar Megan

My son was born at Keesler AFB in Mississippi, 14 week early and was 2 lbs 7.5 oz. He is now 8 and is a very happy and healthy boy!

Esmer... EsmeraysMom

And the sad thing is that people will have abortions this far into a pregnancy. What a shame.

preci... precious1114

My son was 7lbs 6oz and my daughter was 8lbs 11oz and they both seemed super tiny

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