My first baby weighed 9lbs 7oz. Not ginormous but definitely a big baby, known as Macrosomia. I was reliably informed that, as a newborn, he looked three months old (I myself had no idea what a three month old baby looked like). I was fairly concerned when I was pregnant the second time as baby birth weight has a tendency to increase with each pregnancy. Luckily Girl Child was 8lbs exactly, small enough to be average but big enough to be healthy. There are some things that you only know if you’ve had a large baby, here are my top 8.
They are really bloody heavy
You know how new mums often carry the baby around in the car seat with the car seat hung casually over their arm? Yeah, we can’t do that. I will always remember my midwife warning me not to carry Boy Child in his car seat for the sake of my back and she was right. I did it for the first month and then the car seat stayed firmly in the car.
Other babies will seem tiny
When another new mum offers you a hold of their baby you will be afraid of damaging it. Your baby seems so robust and resilient. Other people’s seem like little birds who will break if you sneeze on them.
People will expect more of a big baby
When you’re at baby groups, other mums will assume that your baby is older than it is. You will be asked if your three month old is sitting and if you 6 month old is walking. It can be very disconcerting.
You will hear the word “ouch” a lot
When people ask your baby’s birth weight (usually after having incorrectly guessed their age) 9 times out of 10, their response will be “ouch”. You will smile politely while inside saying “yes, I’m well aware of how much of an ouch it was”.
Many of your pre birth purchases will be wasted
The newborn clothes never fitted and the 0-3 month olds were outgrown in a month. Early visitors will arrive with cute, tiny outfits only to realise that they would probably have fitted your baby when you were about 8 months pregnant. Things for the early baby days like Moses Baskets will turn out to be a waste of money because, from day one, the baby bangs it’s arms on the side and wakes itself up. Bumbos will be outgrown by 9 months and Jumperoos will be useless by 10 months. FFS.
A big baby eats a lot
Breastfeeding a 9lbs 7oz baby who has a tongue tie is pretty much a 24 hour a day job. Bigger babies have bigger bodies to sustain but their stomach’s are still pretty tiny so they feed A LOT. By the time Boy Child was 6 months I was actually thinner than before I got pregnant. (It didn’t last, obviously).
People hand back a Big Baby quickly
Everyone loves to cuddle a baby no matter what size they are. What is different though is that they get handed back more quickly. They are fine for a sitting down cuddle but once they start doing that grizzly whine where you need to walk them around to keep them happy, people soon decide their back isn’t up to it. Disclaimer: in my case this could also have been to do with the high risk of being vomited on.
You might feel a bit short changed
In all seriousness, it can be a bit of a shock having a big baby. I can remember walking around the ward and seeing all of these tiny babies and wondering why mine was different. I felt like I’d missed out on the tiny baby stage and that seemed a bit unfair.
So, that’s how I experienced having a bigger than average baby. I’d love to know how you felt about your baby’s size, be it big, small or somewhere in the middle.
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