A new mom in Arizona delivered a baby weighing over 14 pounds last week.
Cary Patonai was only 38 weeks pregnant when her water broke on October 4. Doctors were already expecting quite a big baby, predicting his weight to be 13.8 lbs., so Cary had been scheduled for a C-section.
But when her water broke at a doctor’s appointment, they bumped the surgery up a day and she and her husband, Tim, welcomed newborn baby Finnley, who clocked in at a massive 14lbs., 1oz. — the biggest that Cary’s doctor has ever delivered in 27 years of practice.
Big baby! Cary Patonai was only 38 weeks pregnant when her water broke on October 4
Wow! She went in for a C-section and delivered Finnley, who weighed 14lbs., 1oz. and measured 23.75 inches
Incredible! Her doctor said Finnley, who spent a week in the NICU, was the biggest baby they’d delivered in 27 years of practice
The average weight of a newborn is around 7.5 lbs., though between 5.5 lbs. and 10 lbs. is considered normal.
Cary and Tim had already welcomed two boys — ten-year-old Devlen and two-year-old Everett — via C-section, and they’d each been on the larger side, weighing 8.2 lbs. and 11.1 lbs.
But both were small compared to little brother Finnley, whom Cary said ‘took the lead.’
‘He was so big plus I had almost double the amniotic fluid, so to say I had a big baby belly and that I was absolutely completely uncomfortable isn’t enough,’ she told Fox News.
At her last ultrasound, nurses told her he appeared to weigh 13 lbs. — but insisted that he probably didn’t actually weigh that much, and that ultrasounds could be off.
Big bros: Cary and her husband, Tim, have to older sons who were born weighing 8.2 lbs. and 11.1 lbs.
Average: The average weight of a newborn is around 7.5 lbs., though between 5.5 lbs. and 10 lbs. is considered normal
Uh-oh! Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona had to special order diapers because they didn’t carry any big enough for Finnley
Cary was scheduled to deliver via C-section on October 5 when, the day before, things got pushed forward at her checkup.
‘My water broke on the scale as I was getting weighed, so my scheduled C-section got moved up a day,’ she said.
She delivered at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona, and says she would ‘do it all over again’ if she had to.
‘Finnley was a little celebrity at the hospital. Nurses and doctors were non-stop talking about him,’ the mother-of-three added. ‘He is quite tall too at 23.75 inches.’
‘As soon as they pulled him out, they’re like, “Oh my gosh, that’s huge!”‘ she told Fox 10 Phoenix. ‘Everybody was freaking out, like, “I’ve never seen a baby that big, I can’t believe it.” So perfect and round in every way. He’s definitely my squishy little honey bear.’
Getting him dressed: The family also had to rush out for more clothes because the newborn sizes they had were too small
‘There was one point in the NICU that he was with one of four babies, and his weight was their three total altogether, so we were laughing at that,’ Cary said
‘He is such a good sweet baby. I am so grateful everything ended on such a great positive side,’ she added
Finnley is already making life interesting for the family. Banner Thunderbird Medical Center only carried diapers in premiere to newborn and size one — but Finnley is already a size two, so they had to special order his size.
The Patonais’ family had to rush out for more diapers, as well as baby clothes in size six to nine months.
‘Everything we had was entirely too small,’ said Cary.
Finnley also had to spend eight days in the NICU.
‘There was one point in the NICU that he was with one of four babies, and his weight was their three total altogether, so we were laughing at that,’ Cary said.
‘He is such a good sweet baby. I am so grateful everything ended on such a great positive side,’ she added.