A baby born weighing 14lbs 15oz is now so big he’s already eating porridge and bursting out of size 9-12 month clothing – at the age of just five months.
Alpha Stone Mitchell, now 24 weeks, was crowned Britain’s third largest new born when he arrived via Caesarean section at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.
The tot is now a hefty 1st 10lbs and squeezing into size 9 to 12 month baby clothing – despite not yet being six months old.
His mother, Cherral Mitchell, 31, from Thame saying her little boy is now so chunky and hungry that she’s having to wean him off milk and start him on soft foods.
During her 30-week scan, it became clear that Cherral was expecting a larger-than-usual baby, and at 36 weeks, her baby bump ballooned.
Doctors believed this was due to Cherral’s gestational diabetes diagnosis – a condition which caused Alpha to consume sugary amniotic fluids in the womb.
But despite doctors’ predictions, Cherral and husband Tyson could never have imagined their son would be born weighing over a stone.
Cherral said: ‘When we first saw him, my first thought was he was not going to fit into any of the clothes I’d brought in the hospital bag.
Tyson even had to go home to bring back some 3-6 month clothes for him.
‘When he was first born, I suddenly thought ‘oh wow, you are a big baby’ and then started asking the midwives how big he was.’
Weighing 14lb 15oz, Alpha claimed the title of the UK’s third largest new born baby on record, closely following Guy Carr who measured 15lb 8oz at his birth in 1992, and George King who tipped the scales at 15lb 7oz in 2013.
After delivery, midwives started excitedly Googling the measurements of the UK’s heaviest new born.
Cherral recalled: ‘One of the anaesthetists admitted to me that Alpha’s birth was the first one she hadn’t cried at because she was just so shocked by his size.
We knew he was going to be a big boy as my bump was huge, but we didn’t realise quite how big he would be until he was here.
‘I’d had three babies before and with Alpha it felt like we skipped the new born stage altogether – and went straight to him being three months old.
‘He didn’t fit into any new born or 0-3 month baby grows – he went straight to 3-6 month and quickly grew out of them.
‘Even now he’s in 9-12 month clothing, it’s a little tight – it won’t be long before he’s in the next size.
‘And I just found he wasn’t feeling full enough after drinking his milk so I’ve had to start weaning him early.
He loves porridge and rusk biscuits – despite most babies not being ready to eat solids until they are at least six months old.
Alpha’s considerable appetite leads him to eat baby porridge first thing in the morning, before drinking 7oz bottles of Aptamil baby milk every three hours . And he consuming a whole baby rusk in the evening.
Cherral revealed: ‘None of my children weighed anywhere near 1.5st at Alpha’s age.
‘And they only needed to be fed every four hours – he’s definitely the greediest.’
‘Because Alpha is so long, he’s not far off his one-year-old sister’s height so people actually say to me “ah you’ve got twins!”
He doesn’t even fit in his carry cot anymore because he’s so long, so he sits in a car seat on the buggy instead.’
Twyla-Bay is only 10 months older than her younger brother, but Alpha’s weight is just 11lbs off his elder sisters.
Twyla-Bay and her two older siblings were delighted to welcome their baby brother when he returned from the hospital at the end of last year.
Cherral said: ‘His siblings absolutely love Alpha.