Utah Mother Births America's Heaviest Baby in 2013
A Utah baby born earlier this year weighed in at 14 pounds and measured 22 inches long. As the year comes closer towards the end, people believe that this baby might be the heaviest baby to be born within the United States this year. According to the baby boy's mother, Sara Brandon, he is already sharing diapers with his twin two-year-old sisters, who weighed in around four pounds each when they were born. The baby, Joel Brandon Jr., with the nickname, J.J., was born this past May via a cesarean section.
J.J. was born full term at 38-and-a-half weeks on May 9 at Timpanogos Regional Hospital located in Orem, UT. Doctors had estimated that the baby would be approximately 11 pounds by using an ultrasound, which is already above average weight for a newborn. Much to their surprise, the baby was four pounds heavier. Instead of one doctor, the delivery required two doctors who had to maneuver the baby carefully because he was crammed and stuffed in the womb.
The baby was born with some respiratory problems and was admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for a week. When he was deemed healthy, Brandon took her bundle of job home. At J.J's most recent doctor visit, he was grouped in the 150th percentile for height and weight in his age range. Although J.J. is very big, his doctors believe that he will slim down as he gets older and taller, and fit in with the average height and weight ranges in his age group.
"This big bubba melts my heart," Brandon said. "I love him more than I ever imagined I could love a sweet baby boy. He is my squishy cuddle bug."
According to the doctors, J.J.'s immense size could be due to the fact that Brandon is a type 1 diabetic. On top of that, the father's family has a history of big and heavy babies due to their height. J.J. took first place as the heaviest American baby born in 2013 from Addyson Gale Cessna, who weighed in at 13 pounds and 12 ounces. The biggest baby title born this year in the world goes to George King from England, who weighed in at 15 pounds and seven ounces.