Christine Corbitt, a Florida native and now mother of three, says this is officially the last of her offspring. On May 15, Corbitt delivered a 13 pound and 5-ounce baby girl, a record newborn weight for Dr. Eric Edelenbos of Orange Park Medical Center.
Although her first two children were fairly comparable in size at 9 and 10 pounds, their daughter, Carleigh Brooke, takes the cake. Prior to the delivery, Corbitt knew her bump was unusually big but did not expect her to be over 10 pounds. “It looked like they pulled a toddler out of my belly,” she said, also adding that she heard the doctors laugh in shock when the baby was delivered. “When the baby was coming out, I was like, ‘Is this baby ever going to end?’ Everybody in the room kind of just stopped during the delivery and was like, ‘Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh,'” Edelenbos explained.
While news of this birth is shocking to most, it is not completely unheard of. As stated by WebMD, any infant who is born at more than 8.8 pounds is referred to as macrosomia, which means a baby that is larger than average. This can be caused by a mother’s weight gain, genetics, diabetes and if the baby is born more than two weeks past the due date. In fact, The Guinness World record for heaviest baby dates back to 1879 in Ohio who weighed a colossal 22 pounds.
“She’s like a 6-month-old baby,” husband, Larry Corbitt told ABC News. “We even contacted Pampers and Huggies to help us out because everything we got to prepare is just out the door. None of it fits. She’s in size 3 diapers. The clothes she had on yesterday was a 9-month outfit. She’s huge.”
Carleigh was born by C-section six days before her due date and would have grown even larger had they waited. According to Parenting Isn’t Easy, infants have been heavier over the last couple of years thanks to gestational diabetes. To ensure her blood sugar levels were healthy, the NICU insisted Carleigh remain at the hospital for a longer period of time than most newborn babies.
Larry Corbitt described Christine’s pregnancy as being “rough” as a result of her anemia as well as an unexpected kitchen fire at their home last year. “Twenty-seven percent of her body [was burned], down both of her arms and both of her legs,” he told ABC News. “But they’re both doing great now,” he confirmed. “My wife is a trooper for everything she’s gone through.”
Once tests proved that she was clear, Carleigh was released and ready for an extremely cute photoshoot with local photographers at Sweet Smiles Photography Studio. She sported a purple and white floral headband and looked adorable as she rested her head angelically on a furry bed during a nap. As for Corbitt, she says that she needs some long-awaited rest. “I’m done. I’m done. No more babies for me,” she told Action News Jax.
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