This Florida mom was about to have her fourth child when she realized her bump was getting out of hand. Her bemused husband likened it to an over-inflated beach ball. When the time finally came to deliver the baby, even the doctor’s couldn’t hide their amazement. But the extraordinary photos only tell part of the tale.
Mother-of-three Chrissy Corbitt, 29, of Orange City, FA, was delighted to be expecting yet another miracle in early 2017. Together with her husband, Larry, 38, she was busy getting ready for their brood to expand once more. Then the family began to notice that it was Chrissy’s bump doing some dramatic expanding of its own – her belly was just getting bigger and bigger.
At first, the couple weren’t too surprised by her swelling baby bump. The seasoned parents had been through three pregnancies already. Each of the Corbitt babies had weighed in at nine or ten pounds on delivery, so they were used to the idea that their fourth baby may well be another whopper. The average birth weight of a baby in the U.S. is seven and a half pounds.
But as her due date approached the mom herself wasn’t gaining any extra pounds – yet her bump was just ballooning. “It was crazy. Chrissy wasn’t gaining any weight for the last three weeks of her pregnancy. It was just [the baby] gaining weight,” Larry told U.K. tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail in June 2017.
A week before the baby was due the staff at Orange Park Medical Center in the city told the Corbitts they were ready to welcome the couple’s fourth child into the world. They booked Chrissy in on May, 15, 2017. It was a cesarean delivery, which created even more anticipation for the expectant parents. “It was so funny because she had a C-section so all the blankets were over her so you couldn’t see what was going on,” Larry recalled.
But soon enough they could tell that their new baby was something very special indeed. Before they’d even seen their baby girl, the couple heard the excited medical team causing a joyful commotion. “I heard everybody cheering in the operating room. I’ve never had that happen before,” Chrissy told TV news magazine show Inside Edition in June 2017.
Chrissy even recalls the doctor saying, “I don’t think this baby is going to end. Are there two of them?” Then she heard other people in the delivery room saying things like, “Oh my God, oh God,” so understandably she was desperate to see what on Earth all the fuss was about.
Then a pediatrician held up the newborn for Chrissy and Larry to see for the first time. Across the curtain they caught their first glimpse of the precious new addition to their family, and it was instantly obvious that this baby girl was far bigger and heavier than their previous deliveries.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s huge,’” Chrissy told Inside Edition. “I couldn’t believe it. It was like I delivered a toddler,” the mom-of-four continued. Even the man who delivered the baby, Dr. Eric Edelenbos, was staggered by the newborn’s size – she was the biggest baby he had ever delivered.
Then it was time to find out exactly how much the new arrival was packing. The Corbitts’ baby girl weighed in at a massive 13 pounds and five ounces – certainly a lot heavier than Chrissy’s previous babies, and nearing twice the size of the average American new born.
The Corbitts named their new addition Carleigh, and instantly fell in love with her chubby cuteness. “Her cheeks were so chunky and she was just so fat,” Larry told the Daily Mail. Had the Orange Park Medical Center waited another week until the actual due date to deliver her, baby Carleigh would have been even bigger.
ABC News reported that Carleigh might have reached a weight of 14 pounds had she spent another week in the womb. That would have made her the heaviest newborn in all of the U.S. in 2017. But having arrived a little early Carleigh missed out on the heavyweight crown.
Of course, her parents are right to think Carleigh is totally gorgeous, but there are a few inconveniences that come with having a baby of such large proportions. All the gear they had bought for their newborn girl didn’t fit, which is unsurprising. Not many babies pop out weighing 13 pounds, five ounces.
?So the Corbitts had to make a “Plan B.” That involved donating a lot of the baby stuff they had collected to their local church, for some other new parents to use instead. However, when it came to diapers they had laid in, Larry had a smart idea. He got in touch with diaper companies to ask if he could exchange the ones the Corbitts had bought in anticipation for a larger size.
It was a necessary ask, considering that at three weeks their baby girl was already filling out clothes designed for a nine-month-old. Besides her unusual size, Carleigh’s parents say she’s a totally normal new arrival. “She’s just a happy baby, she smiles all the time,” Chrissy told Inside Edition. “I can’t get enough of her.”
Carleigh had been suffering gestational diabetes in the womb so on arrival her blood sugars were checked in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. She was in there for a short while but then deemed fit and healthy enough to meet her three elder siblings. When she finally got home Carleigh completed the Corbitt family’s six-piece puzzle.
It seems as though it is well and truly game over as far as this family puzzle is concerned. Both Chrissy and Larry are adamant that Carleigh will be their final baby. “This is our last kid. My wife had her tubes tied, so this is going to be it for us,” Larry told local broadcaster Fox 13 News in June 2017.
And mother-of-four Chrissy seemed even more certain than her husband. “I’m done, I’m done,” she added. “No more babies for me.” So with four children being more than enough for the Corbitts, Larry was right when he jokingly said that they “went out with a bang” with big baby Carleigh.
But it was not all smiles and laughter for the Corbitts during the nine months. Not only was Chrissy suffering from anaemia during her pregnancy with Carleigh, but she also survived a terrible kitchen fire which left her with injuries over 27 percent of her body. But still the resilient mom managed to produce a happy and healthy little girl, with the chubbiest of cheeks.
“They’re both doing great now, my wife is a trooper for everything she’s gone through,” proud father Larry told the Daily Mail. Now that Carleigh is safely here, the Corbitts can concentrate on enjoying life as one big family, with their bigger and better new addition.