When one mother-of-four went in for a routine cesarian section, she thought she knew what to expect. However, as doctors began to whisper around her, she knew that something unusual had happened. Then, when she saw her baby, she couldn’t help but cry out in surprise.
Chrissy Corbitt and her husband Larry lived in Keystone Heights, Florida. Moreover, it’s safe to say their family was their life. Together, the couple had four children – and they still had plans for their family to grow in the future.
So, when the couple discovered that they were expecting another baby, they were over the moon. Their fifth child was due in May 2017. As a result, the family wasted no time stocking up on tiny clothes and diapers in preparation.
However, although they were excited, the pregnancy was going to be tough on Chrissy. At the time, the expectant mother was still recovering from a serious accident. She’d been involved in a house fire that had left her with significant injuries.
“My wife went through so much previously. A year ago, we had a grease fire in our kitchen,” Larry told ABC News in June 2017. “Twenty-seven percent of her body [was burned], down both of her arms and both of her legs.”
Nonetheless, thankfully, Chrissy was a fighter. So, she pushed through her pregnancy in high spirits. Indeed, for her it was a joy to feel the baby growing. What’s more, for the proud mom, the bigger the newborn was, the better.
Having already given birth to four big babies, Chrissy believed that she’d have another chunky newborn. “I’ve had 9 and 10-pound babies,” she revealed to CBS Action News. “I figured maybe she’d be 10 pounds – I’d have another 10-pound baby.”
Sure enough, as her due date approached, Chrissy’s stomach was expanding at an alarming rate. “Towards the end of my pregnancy, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. She’s just so huge,’” Chrissy admitted.
So, when doctors scheduled Chrissy’s caesarian section in May 2017, she couldn’t wait to set her eyes on her baby. However, as Chrissy laid on the operating table, she felt a strange sense of excitement wash over everyone in the room as well.
Dr. Eric Edelenbos was in charge of the delivery at Orange Park Medical Center. Quite frankly, he’d never seen anything like it. “When the baby was coming out, I was like, ‘Is this baby ever going to end?’” he revealed.
“Everybody in the room kind of just stopped during the delivery and was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. Oh, my gosh,’” he added. So, clearly, the excitement was tangible. What’s more, this didn’t go unnoticed by dad Larry, who was present at the birth.
“The doctor said, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s going to be 15 pounds,’” Larry recalled in an interview with ABC News. “I remember the doctor saying, ‘I don’t think this baby is going to end. Are there two of them?’”
Furthermore, Chrissy herself could also sense that she was about to make an extraordinary delivery. “When the doctor was pulling her out of me, I just start hearing them all laughing and excited in the operating room,” she said. “They were throwing out numbers and when they showed her to me and said 13.5 I couldn’t believe it.”
Chrissy and Larry had welcomed an exceptional baby. That’s because she weighed an impressive 13 pounds and five ounces. In the United States, all but 5 percent of babies weigh between 5.5 pounds and 10 pounds. So, it’s safe to say doctors considered their little girl to be big.
What’s more, the couple couldn’t have been happier with their gorgeous little girl, who they named Carleigh. “Her cheeks were so chunky and she was just so fat. She was so gorgeous, of course,” dad Larry gushed following the delivery.
However, her size did mean that she caught her parents rather unprepared. “She’s like a six-month-old baby,” Larry said. “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,” he added in disbelief. “She’s in size-three diapers. The clothes she had on yesterday were a nine-month outfit. She’s huge.” Moreover, what’s even more unbelievable is that Carleigh was born one week before her actual due date.
So if Chrissy had carried her to term, it’s possible Carleigh may have weighed 14 pounds – equal to the biggest baby born in the U.S. in 2017. “She could’ve been a way bigger baby than what she was,” Larry admitted. “It was crazy. Chrissy wasn’t gaining any weight for the past three weeks of her pregnancy. It was just Carleigh gaining weight.”
To celebrate their momentous new arrival, the Corbitts hired Debbye Benson of Sweet Smiles photography to immortalize their bouncing baby. What’s more, lots of people subsequently celebrated the images online. “I had no idea she was going to be so popular,” Chrissy said. “I can’t wait to look back on this and share it with her to show her she became a celebrity overnight.”
Although Chrissy and Larry are both utterly smitten with Carleigh, with her they got enough baby to last a lifetime. So, they’ve finally decided that their brood is complete. “That’s enough for me,” Chrissy said. “We’re going out with a bang.”