The mother of the little boy crowned the "biggest baby born in the United States in 2013" has just lost her title. Fourteen-pound JJ Brandon was big. But he's got nothing on the baby just born to a Florida mom!
Isaiah Lawrence Johnson was born a week before his mom's due date, but he already weighed in at a whopping 14 pounds, 7.6 ounces! The not-so-little guy was 22 1/2 inches long!
Born via C-section (phewww), Isaiah is the third of Nicia McNelley and Quinta Johnson's kids, but he's the biggest ... by FAR. Considering the average birthweight for a baby in America is around 7 pounds, 7.54 ounces, that's not exactly surprising.
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Yes, you read that right. Big babies are not the norm in America -- despite news like JJ and Isaiah's births this year. It turns out birth weights have actually been on the decline since the 1990s. And that's not just due to an increase in the number of small babies being born. The number of truly "big" babies -- babies who are over the 90th percentile of weight for gestational age -- have also declined by some 2 percent.
Not a big number, but a decline is a decline, and that makes it that much more remarkable that a 14-pound baby was actually unseated as the "biggest" in America. It means experiences like Nicia NcNelley's truly are something to talk about!
Congratulations to the family!
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