Every mom thinks her baby is special, but Sara Brandon's baby boy is EXTRA special. The Utah mom gave birth to the biggest baby born in the United States in 2013. Her not-so-little guy weighed in at a whopping 14 pounds on the scale! And he was early!
That's about double the weight of your average newborn! Double!
And yes, I know what you're wondering: did Joel Brandon Jr. arrive via C-section or did his mom push all 14 pounds out?
The answer is the former. Sara Brandon had a scheduled C-section at 38 1/2 weeks. At that point she knew her baby would be big, but not quite that big -- an ultrasound put him at around 11 pounds. Hey, they were only off by 3 pounds! The baby boy landed in the NICU because of respiratory problems, but he got out a week later, and he's fit as a fiddle these days.
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Indeed, fast forward four months, and JJ -- as he's being called -- was already 23 pounds. He's in the "150th percentile" for height and weight based on how he compares to normal charts.
It sounds like a challenge; not least because her "little" guy jumped straight to size 2 diapers. But hey, there are advantages. I remember when my daughter was born at just under 7 pounds (in other words, half JJ's size), and I was terrified that anything I did was going to break this fragile little person in my arms. With a big baby, you never have to worry about that!
Sara isn't the only mom to have a big baby in the US this year. A little girl was born in Pennsylvania in July at 13 pounds, 12 ounces, just a wee bit smaller than JJ. A wee bit!
How big was your baby at birth?
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