Want to watch a woman wince? Tell her that a woman in Florida recently gave birth to a 14-pound baby, and it will be all she can do not to feel this woman's pain.
Avery Ford didn't realize he was going to be breaking records from the time of his birth, but that is exactly what the whopping baby boy did. At 14.1 pounds, Avery has set the record for the heaviest baby ever born at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa. But why stop at Tampa? Avery is one of the largest babies ever born in the state of Florida.
"When I felt his head come out, I knew he was bigger than 10 pounds," Avery's mom Maxxzandra Ford told WFTS news. "I was cussing up a storm."
No kidding. My daughters were 6.3 pounds and 7.2 pounds and I cussed like a sailor during labor. Avery was twice the size of my largest baby!
Avery's size wasn't the first time he surprised his mother. She told reporters that she didn't even know she was pregnant until the third trimester. "I had no nausea, no vomiting," she said. "I didn't gain any weight."
The average birth weight for babies born in the U.S. is 7.5 pounds although anything in the 5.5-10 pound range is considered normal. Avery is decidedly outside of that range. Experts say that only 1 in every 100,000 babies born weighs more than 14 pounds at birth, putting Avery in very rare company indeed. But even with his mighty 14.1 pounds, Avery is not the largest baby ever born. That honor goes to an Italian baby born in 1955 who weighed in at a mind-blowing 22 pounds 8 ounces.
Avery has been in the neonatal intensive care unit since his birth on January 29 so that doctors can make sure that his respiratory and digestive systems can keep up with his larger-than-normal frame. But his parents plan to take him home soon.
And his dad already has big plans for young Avery's future, "I've got a linebacker instead of a fullback," he told reporters.
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