Before Texas native Janet Johnson had a baby shower recently, she had been told by her doctors that her soon-to-arrive son would be big. So, she told her friends “to not get any newborn stuff,” reports CBS affiliate KYTX-TV.
Little did she know how right she was. On Sunday, Janet gave birth to a 16-pound boy, named JaMichael Brown.
“When they pulled the baby out, they could tell that he was huge,” Janet told KYTX. “And then they weighed him.”
JaMichael may be the biggest baby ever born in a state known for going big, and the average size of a newborn is around 7 and a half pounds. Not only did JaMichael weigh in at 16 pounds and one ounce, but he was two feet long.
Janet was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, which may have contributed to JaMichael’s size, reports KYTX
“It’s a beautiful baby, but for health reasons we’d rather not see a baby this large. They can have a little harder time maintaining their blood sugar,” said nurse Mary Beth Smith, who helped deliver the baby.
Doctors placed baby JaMichael in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where he is receiving breathing and eating assistance.
Still, Janet said she is optimistic about her newest child, her fourth.
“First thing I asked – was he okay,” said Janet. “They said yes.”
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest newborn baby ever was born to Anna Bates of Canada in 1879, who weighed a whopping 23 pounds, 12 ounces, but died 11 hours later. Recently, an Indonesian woman gave birth to a 19.2 pound infant, reports imperfectparent.com.