The World’s Biggest Babies
Is there anything better in the world than a roly-poly chubby baby? I'm pretty sure there is not. My last two kids especially have been chubby babies and I feel like I honest-to-goodness couldn't get enough of their dimpled rolls, their chubby thighs, and especially their fat little feet.
It's just too much.
But despite how much I love chubby babies, giving birth to a big baby isn't always especially fun. After a family member recently had an almost 11-pound bouncing baby boy, I couldn't help but think about how many other mothers had big babies. And here's what I found.
According to the Guinness World Book of Records, one of the earliest records for a big baby was a boy born in Ohio in 1879. The baby boy, who weighed in at 23 pounds at birth, passed away shortly after he was born.
The current world record heaviest baby who was born and lived was 22 pounds, but he had an extra 8 ounces on him, putting him at an official 22 pounds, 8 ounces. He was born to Sig. Carmelina Fedele in Aversa, Italy in September of 1955.
In 2013, a 13-pound four-ounce baby boy was born “naturally” (i.e. vaginally, i.e. ouchhhhh) in a German hospital. ABC reported that the baby's mother had undiagnosed gestational diabetes, which is why he was so large. (Side note: the pictures of him are unreal. You wouldn't think a few pounds makes a big difference but they do in a newborn, apparently.)
Another large baby was born in 2011 in Texas, also a boy (what is it with these baby boys?), who weighed in at 16 pounds. Apparently, the boy was born a week early, which makes you wonder how big he would have gotten, doesn't it?
As for the representing the ladies, don't worry, one little (er, not so little) lady, has got it covered. Earlier this year, in May, a woman in India gave birth to a 15-pound baby girl via C-section.
Another baby girl in India also surprised her mom with her big size. Firdous Khatun, a mother of eight, was only in labor for a shocking 15 minutes before she delivered her 14-pound daughter. I mean, wow!
And then just to round things off, this made me realize that all those times I complained about carrying around a big baby maybe were a bit exaggerated, because Maxxzandra Ford from Florida gave birth to a 14-pound son, with a twist: she didn't even know she was pregnant until 35 weeks along. And with a baby that big, I'd say that would be a blessing in disguise.
How much did your baby weigh?