[ 2006-09-18 08:42 ]
Michel holds her newborn baby Stephon Hendrix Louis-Jean at Backus
Hospital in Norwich, Conn., Wednesday, Sept. 13,
Oh baby! Marie Michel's fifth child was one for the record books.
Michel gave birth to a 14-pound, 13-ounce boy last Tuesday at William W.
Backus Hospital, Connecticut.
Backus officials said the newborn - Stephon Hendrix Louis-Jean - broke
the 18-year record for the biggest baby ever born at the hospital by 1
pound, 13 ounces. He was nearly 23 inches long.
"He's built like a linebacker," said Dr. David Kalla, who
delivered the baby by Caesarean section.
After nine months of carrying Stephon, 36-year-old Michel said she was
more tired to have given birth than all the attention her baby was
"I was miserable," Michel said. "I couldn't sleep at night. My
13-year-old son had to help me get in and out bed."
The baby's size came as no surprise to his mom. Michel's oldest son
weighed 9 pounds at birth, her 8-year-old twin sons each weighed 8 1/2
pounds and her youngest son, age 3, was nearly 12 pounds.
Michel's husband, Vijens Louis-Jean, a truck driver, was coming from
Florida to see his son.
Less than 24 hours old, the baby was fitting into clothes for a
6-month-old and was too big for newborn diapers.
"I have baby clothes but I don't think they will be able to fit,"
Michel said. "I think I will have to return them."
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