He's the largest baby born at Longview hospital, and may be the biggest ever born in Texas
July 10, 2011, 1:41AM
Nurse Monica Carter cares for JaMichael Brown at Good Shepherd
Medical Center in Longview on Friday. The baby was placed in the
neonatal intensive care unit so his blood sugar can be monitored. His
mother had gestational diabetes.
LONGVIEW — The latest addition to Michael Brown and Janet Johnson’s family is too big for his britches — literally.
When the Longview woman went into Good Shepherd Medical Center
for a scheduled Cesarean section on Friday morning, she knew she was
going to give birth to a big baby.
She just had no idea how big.
When her son, JaMichael Brown, was born at 9:05 a.m., he weighed
16 pounds, 1 ounce — about 4 pounds more than doctors predicted.
The baby is the largest born at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Hospital officials believe he may be the largest baby ever born in
Texas, but it will take several days of combing state records to make
that announcement official.
“We’re just amazed,” Johnson said. “I can’t believe he’s that
big. A lot of the baby clothes we bought for him will have to be
returned. They’re already too small for him to wear.”
The baby also emerged with a full head of hair, and the newborn nursery didn’t have diapers big enough to fit him, she said.
JaMichael’s father said the nurses told him the baby is a size
most infants don’t attain until they are between 3 and 6 months old.
JaMichael is Johnson’s fourth child. He joins older sisters who are 18, 16 and 10.
Johnson had gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, and
JaMichael is spending his first few days of life in the neonatal
intensive care unit in order to regulate his blood sugar. The baby
otherwise seems to be basically healthy, she said.
Deb Miller, a registered nurse working in the maternal care unit,
said JaMichael is by far the biggest baby she’s seen in her seven years
at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
“I’m happy,” Johnson said. “We’ll be here for a few more days,
and then I’m looking forward to bringing JaMichael home and just loving
on Jul. 10, 2011 at 4:19 PM