California Mom Gives Birth To 15-Pound Baby


A California mom got  more than she bargained for when she gave birth to one of the nation’s biggest babies last week. 

Andrew Jacob Cervantez weighed in at 15 pounds, 2 ounces when he was born by emergency cesarean section on Jan. 16 at Desert Valley Hospital in California. His incredible weight makes him a candidate for the state’s largest baby, USA Today reports. In fact, Cervantez is one of the largest babies in recent memory. 

The infant also measured 2 feet long at birth...or a whopping 40% of his 5-foot 1-inch mother’s height!

“I couldn’t believe it,” his mother, Vannesa Cervantez, told the Victorville Daily Press. “They had to double check because I didn’t believe them; I thought the machine was broken.” 

Apparently, big children run in the family. The 28-year-old mamá has already given birth to a 10 pound, 10 ounce son and a 9 pound, 14 ounce daughter. 

While baby Andrew is the certainly a large baby, he's not the biggest on record. The all-time world champion is still a 23-pound, 12-ounce Canadian born in 1879. 

Wow! We can't believe it! Wishing all the best to the parents and the newborn! 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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