A family in Texas, who once thought they could never have kids, got more than they ever expected with the birth of their baby boy. When Jennifer and Eric Medlock welcomed little Ali at Arlington Memorial Hospital, he broke the hospital’s record, weighing in at 14 pounds, 13 ounces.
According to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan, the average newborn weighs 7 pounds, 5 ounces at birth, and Ali’s parents were shocked to learn just how much their precious bundle of joy exceeded that.
Ali was born via C-section and had to spend his first week in the NICU.
Ali’s big sister weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, but her little brother’s size still came as quite the surprise. “I was like ‘Omg! Really?!’ I don’t think it even registered,” Jennifer recalled.
Although Jennifer experienced a healthy second pregnancy, Ali had low blood sugar and platelets after birth. However, he’s now thriving at home after his time in the in the NICU.
Ali’s parents are especially cherishing every ounce of him because Jennifer was told she may never be able to have kids. Jennifer shared that she has severe polycystic ovarian syndrome and that doctors originally told them that she most likely wouldn’t be able to conceive.
“Our last treatment they said that my follicle would turn into a cyst,” she said. “They’re wrong, it turned into [Annabelle].” Just before starting the process again, they learned that they were expecting Ali. “I love proving people wrong,”she said.
As many marvel at Ali’s size, Jennifer and Eric know one thing: He’s perfect. Jennifer shared that people are already joking about Ali having a future in sports, but she and Eric aren’t going to be pushing anything.
The only thing that matters to them is that Ali knows he’s loved. “Do whatever makes him happy,” Eric added.