The state of Florida has been making some pretty hefty babies this year. Just last Friday, Isaiah Johnson was born via C-section and tipped the scales at an incredible 14 lbs., 7 oz.–the second biggest baby to be born in Florida in 2013. And while doctors were taken off-guard by the baby's size, nobody was more surprised than his mom.
"Me and his dad sat and thought...at the most baby 10, maybe 12. But no, not 14 lbs.!" said his mom, Nicia McNelley. "I have two other kids," she added, "but not as big as this guy."
So what was her reaction when the little big guy came into the world? She was pretty shocked, to say the least. "I said, oh my god. Literally," Nicia told reporters.
And in case you want to know what a 14 lbs., 7 oz. baby feels like, one reporter noted that it's roughly the equivalent of carrying two gallons of milk, a George Foreman grille, or a full-sized vacuum. In other words: that's one big baby.
Isaiah did have a bit of a rough start, though, after he suddenly turned blue while breastfeeding and had to be rushed to the ICU and placed on oxygen. But he's proved to be a fighter. After a few days of round-the-clock monitoring, Isaiah is doing much better and breathing on his own.
"He's been our strong boy in holding on and fighting," Nicia told the Orlando Sentinel. "I really didn't think he would do this well, but he's proven me wrong. He's made me a proud momma for sure."