Natashia Corrigan dreamed of having “a little fat baby,” but she wasn’t prepared for little Brian Liddle Jr.
The boy weighed in at 13 pounds, 4 ounces when he was born in January, shocking his mom.
“I’m still finding it hard to believe,” Corrigan told Melbourne, Australia, newspaper the Herald Sun. “But by the end of the term, I was struggling just turning in bed and walking up the stairs at home.”
The baby, notes the Herald Sun, is one of the biggest ever born in Australia. He came in at twice the average birth weight and now holds the heaviest baby record at the hospital where he was born, Mercy Hospital for Women outside of Melbourne. The largest baby ever born, according to Guinness World Records, was a 22-pound boy born in Seville, Ohio, in 1879. The boy, called “Babe,” died 11 hours later.
“I dreamed of a little fat baby,” Corrigan told Yahoo7 News. “I’ve always wanted a little fat baby and I’ve got a big one!”
It was a 7-hour natural birth. Corrigan said she had baby Brian’s father, Brian Liddle, and her sister by her side throughout the labor.
“Because he was so big it was a bit hard to get him out, and they had to get a few extra staff members to come in and help,” she told Yahoo7. “This is the first pregnancy I’ve got to experience a natural labor, the longest I’ve ever been pregnant, and I’ve got the fat little man that I wanted.”
Brian Jr. made headlines in Australia in January, but only recently he’s become a worldwide star as photos of his chubby cheeks and arms spread across the Internet.
In a Facebook post, Corrigan said she was “overwhelmed” by the attention.
“It’s hard to get our minds around such a whirlwind of a day,” she said. “I never dreamed we’d get so much love for our BIG baby boy and family.”