LONGVIEW — The latest addition to Michael Brown and Janet Johnson’s family is too big for his britches — literally.
When the Longview woman went into Good Shepherd Medical Center for a scheduled Cesarean section on Friday morning, she knew she was going to give birth to a big baby. She just had no idea how big.
When her son, JaMichael Brown, was born at 9:05 a.m., he weighed 16 pounds, 1 ounce — about 4 pounds more than doctors predicted.
The baby is the largest born at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Hospital officials believe he may be the largest baby ever born in Texas, but it will take several days of combing state records to make that announcement official.
"When they pulled the baby out, they could tell that he was huge," says Janet. "And then they weighed him."
Weeks ago, doctors told Janet and her Fiance Michael Brown their son would weigh 12 or 13 pounds at birth.
So for their baby shower ...
"I just said we were expecting a big baby," says Janet. "To not get any newborn stuff."
But preparing for a thirteen pound baby wasn't enough. JaMichael came out weighing 16 pounds, one ounce and he's two feet long.
"First thing I asked - was he okay," says Janet. "They said yes."
Nurse Mary Beth Smith was in the delivery room during Janet's C-section. In 20 years as a nurse ...
"This is the biggest baby I have ever seen," says Mary Beth.