Oh, baby! Michelle and Mark Cessna and their doctors were expecting a big baby, but no one expected one as big as their daughter, who recently made her way into the world, rocking the scale at nearly 14 pounds.
Addyson Gale Cessna was born at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. According to KDKA, she was 25 inches long. That's almost double the weight of an average newborn. In fact, it's almost the size of some toddlers. Yikes!
The first reaction any woman has upon hearing this is ouch! of course. Mercifully, I'd say, Addyson was delivered by C-section, so that at least makes us wince a little less. But wow, that's a big baby. Not the biggest, however.
According to CNN, the world record holder beats her by a lot -- supposedly a newborn baby boy was born in 1879 weighing in at 23 pounds. That just sounds crazy, but we've seen plenty of other super-sized babies in recent years. In March we saw a woman deliver a baby boy weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces -- naturally! Last year a woman gave birth to a 15.5-pound baby. Addyson is downright dainty compared to them. But seriously, what's with all the big babies? The answer of course depends on individual cases, but big factors are things like maternal obesity and gestational diabetes.
While the hospital says they don't keep records as to the heaviest babies born, the doctors say this is the biggest baby they've ever delivered, and it's believed she holds the record for the hospital. I'm not sure, however, it's a record anyone really wants (or should want) bragging rights to.
The good news in Addyson's case is that both mom and baby are said to be healthy and happy. Michelle, who has two older sons, says she now has the "perfect family." While there are definitely risks and potential health problems that come along with extremely large birth weights, her brothers (who were also born at weights well above average) appear to be average size now, so hopefully as she grows, she'll be able to avoid them and get to a healthy weight as well.
Can you imagine giving birth to a baby this big?
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