Talk about a big bundle of joy! A Florida mom, Maxxandra Ford, welcomed her third child recently -- a 14.1 pound baby boy named Avery!
What makes this story even more amazing: Ford gave birth vaginally (instead of having a C-section) and she didn't find out about her pregnancy until she was well into her third trimester.
Ford didn't suspect being pregnant for a long time because she did not experience any nausea or weight gain for a while. By the time she did notice significant weight gain, she wondered if she was having twins (because she was a twin herself).
Instead, she was shocked to learn that she was already 35 weeks along with (what the doctors believed) was a 10 pound baby boy.
When the time came to give birth, Ford proceeded with her vaginal birth. She was in labor for 18 hours until the baby's head appeared. That's when she and the doctors realized he was larger than 10 pounds! By then, a C-section wasn't viable. "Before I knew it, he was already coming out. It was too late to turn back. I was cussing up a storm. Yeah, it was bad." Ford shared, after spending 20 minutes in delivery. Although her baby's weight was high, the height was average (22 inches).
"I've got a linebacker instead of a fullback," said Avery's father.
Since Avery was born in late January, he has lost one pound. He's also spent some time in the NICU for breathing problems, but he's expected to go home this week and join his siblings, a 1-year-old brother and soon-to-be 6-year-old sister.
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com who covers baby-related content. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea
Photo of baby Avery via the St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa's Facebook page