Mom Gives Birth to America's Biggest Baby This Year

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baby handEvery 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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fave82 fave82

TYPO... YOU SAY YOUR DAUGHTER WAS BORN JUST UNDER 7 "OUNCES" ...Im assuming you mean pounds, lol

nonmember avatar Kathy

My son was 7 lbs 1 oz and my daughter was 8 lbs 12 oz (they acted like this was huge! .. even tested her for a skew of different conditions??)

adamat34 adamat34

I bet hes a sweety!! God bless them!!

ashjo85 ashjo85

11 pounds. No c-section though!

Tisha... Tishadotcom

12.8 lbs.. He was a csection baby too :)

lovem... lovemy2sons25

My sister in law just had her baby 5 weeks early and he was 9lbs 12oz, they said if she'd carried him to full term he would have been 15lbs!

xreds... xredstarsx

My son was 10 1/2 lbs and I thought that was big. He got really tiny after though and wouldn't gain weight.

Mom2J... Mom2Just1

My youngest didn't weigh 14lbs until 4 months. I have small babies though.  7lbs even for first and 6.15 for second.

karef... karefree12

Wow. And I thought my 9 lb babies were big. God Bless his chubby little self.

Stephanie Grodem

None of my 4 children were even close to these weights. All 4 were under 7 lbs except 1 and he was 7 lbs. 7 oz. I had small babies, but you wouldn't be able to tell it now that they're teenagers. 

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