Arizona Woman Gives Birth To A 14-Pound Baby
Getting a growth scan during pregnancy is exciting—you get to find out about much your baby will weigh before they come out. They’re not always 100% accurate, but usually they’re right around the amount they say.
Well, when 36-year-old Cary Patonai got her scan and it said that her baby was going to be 13 pounds, she knew that had to be off. And it was…because Finnley was actually born at 14 pounds, 1 ounce. That’s right, 14 pounds—around twice the size of an average newborn baby. Oh, and 23.75 inches long.
“Finnley was a little celebrity at the hospital. Everyone wanted a selfie with him,” the Arzona resident said. “The OB-GYN who performed the C-section said that in 27 years he had never seen a newborn that size. There was so much excitement in the delivery.”
The baby was born two weeks early due to fear of him growing too large—they estimated that if they waited two more weeks, he would’ve been born at over 16 pounds.
Shockingly, he isn’t the biggest baby to ever be born. . The Guinness World Records says that the largest newborn in the U.S. was 22 pounds. Sadly, he died just 11 hours later.
“(Doctors) were like, oh my God, ‘I can’t believe he’s so big.’ They couldn’t wait to get him on the scale,” Cary said. “They got him on the scale like 14.1. I’ve never seen it that big. The doctor and one of the sweetest nurses there, they were all taking selfies with us. They asked permission of course, but they were just so pumped.”
Finnley is the perfect addition to Cary and her husband Tim’s family. Together, they have two other sons, Devlen, 10, and Everett, 2. Devlen was the smallest baby at birth, weighing 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and Everett was pretty large himself, at 11 pounds, 11 ounces.
Finnley’s birth is bittersweet after the Patonias had gone through 19 miscarriages before having him. “Two of the miscarriages were sets of twins,” Cary said. “It was traumatic for the whole family, especially our oldest child. Each loss would break his little heart.”
Now, their family is complete—even if Finnley can’t fit into most of his clothes and is already in a size 2 diaper (worn by most 4-6 month olds).
To hear from the family themselves, and see more pictures of Finnley, check out the video below!
Can you believe how big this baby came out? Do you know anyone who has delivered an abnormally large baby before?