What?! A single baby that weighs as much as a good-sized family's Thanksgiving bird? Is this even possible? Is this something from The Onion?
Evidently not, and thus one mommy in Utah is probably glad she decided to go with a Caesarean section in the end. According to a piece over at the Huffington Post, earlier this year Sarah Brandon knew she had a big boy in her belly, but no one quite knew the reality of the situation.
"My last ultrasound showed that he was going to be around 11 pounds," the mother of 2-year-old twin girls told the Huff Post.
Now, let's all agree upon one thing here and now, okay? An 11-pound baby is nothing to shake a stick at, is it? That's about 4 pounds bigger than what I'd say your average new kid on the block weighs in at.
Still, at that point in time, even though everyone from doctors to nurses to mom and dad, and anyone else who got wind of the very, very big baby on the way, young Joel 'J.J.' Brandon Jr. wasn't even close to stepping away from Mom's 24 Hour-a-Day All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet.
And on May 9th, at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah, "little" (I use that term extremely loosely) Joel arrived in this world weighing in at a whopping 14 pounds on the dot.
Of course, nothing big and awesome comes too easily, and babies are no different. JJ's mom, Sarah, says it took a team of two doctors, rather than the typical single doc, to make sure things went smoothly with her Caesarean delivery. And, as she tells the Huff Post, it required "some maneuvering for shoulder dystocia that they normally only use in vaginal births -in other words, he was so big and crammed in there that they had a hard time getting him out."
Needless to say, the moment JJ waltzed on into the delivery room, he was the life of the party.
"I think everyone in the whole room - even the doctors - was so surprised," Sarah Brandon told the Huffington Post.
So, a new heavyweight champion of 2013 American babies was born. (Believe it or not, the biggest baby of the year so far is a lad born in Britain in February who weighed in at a legendary 15 lbs 7 oz.)
Unfortunately, J.J. had a few breathing complications in the beginning and had to spend his first week or so in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but all is well now and he is just another happy, healthy future BYU linebacker kicking back with his big sisters at home.
Happy first Halloween, big guy!
-By Serge Bielanko
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