Sometimes good things come in big packages, or at least that’s what Sarah and Joel Brandon probably are thinking. They are the parents of Joel Brandon Jr., also known as J.J. who weighed in at 14 pounds when he was born in Utah last May, according to Web Pro News on Friday.
The parents were reportedly shocked when he was born because the mother’s ultrasound estimated the baby’s weight to be three pounds less – at 11 pounds. It is believed that Joel Brandon Jr. is the biggest baby born in the United States in the past 12 months. Another curios fact about Sarah Brandon’s birth-giving is that she previously had twins who were on the other end of the weight scale as her two girls only weighed 4 pounds each.
The mother of the big baby says that when first born the baby needed size 2 diapers and is now wearing the same size clothes as his two-year-old twin sisters.
The obstetrician needed a second doctor to deliver the huge baby. They reportedly had a struggle in getting him out. The baby spent his first 10 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital because he had lung problems. Since then, however, he is said to have done quite well at home.
For the record, only one out of every 1,000 babies weighs 11 pounds, and one out of every 100,000 could weigh Baby J.J.’s weight of 14 pounds. The report says that it is quite rare to see a baby born this huge because a doctor will usually induce labor if a baby appears to be so huge.
The baby was born at the Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem on May 9, 2013. His four-month checkup showed him weighing in at 23 pounds.