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#61 of 80 Old 11-16-2006, 12:43 PM
 
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Well, I considered DD1 big at 5lb10oz, but that was just because at the time she was the biggest baby in the NICU (34 weeker)! She looked HUGE in comparisson to the babies around here and she was almost too big for preemie clothes to fit properly. DS was 6lb8oz and born at 39 weeks, he seemed very small to us because he was full term and had all this baggy skin... he grew very fast though (11lbs by 5 weeks) so we didn't have long to appreciate his petiteness. DD2 was 8lb8oz at 43 weeks and she seemed very large too.... because she was 2 and 3 lbs heavier than my other kids! That is a big difference! I certainly don't call her huge though, I think of her as nice sized. For me, I think of anything over about 9lbs as sounding pretty big and anything under 7lbs as sounding kinda little.

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Well, I did meet a "big baby" today. She's two now, but she was 11 lb 3 oz : at birth. Her parents are both very tall and quite thin. She labored for 3 days under midwives care but eventually transferred to the hospital for a c-section.
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My son was 9lb 4 oz and the nurses marvelled over how big he was When he was handed to me, the nurse said, "Here's your toddler!" : He didn't seem that large to me But then I was bigger than him at birth, my dad was bigger than me, and my stepmom was nearly 12 lbs!
DD was 7lbs 6 oz and to me, an average size baby.
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My first was 6lbs 12oz at 36wks and she seemed tiny!! Her clothes were all too big.

My second was 8lbs 12oz (at 38wks) and he was my "big baby". He didn't even fit in the outfit we had for him at birth because we thought he'd be small too.

Until #3 came along and she was 9lbs 14oz (at 41 wks). I was so proud! By the way, I'm small. 5ft 1in and 105ish lbs non pregnant, so an almost 10lb baby caused a few oohs and ahhs.

Next time I'm shooting for a 10-11 pounder.

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Anything over 9 pounds sounds big to me. I have not birthed yet so I don't have any personal insight on the topic. But you hear about a lot of babies in the 8-9 lb. range, and not as many above 9 lb. (except on MDC, because the mamas on here are bada$$ and push out those big babies!!!! LOL)
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My supposedly "macrosomic" ds (ob coerced primary c/s) was 9lbs - however, he lost so much weight in the first few days that we wonder if he picked up some of the IV fluids they had on board prior to the c/s (to prevent bp drop in surgery) and so doubt that he was actually 9lbs. We're thinking it was somewhere in the 8lb range, but again we can't be sure.

To this day, however, he's just a big boy. He makes other kids his age look like they're tiny! He's not chunky...just tall with a big frame and a big head! Poor kid - it's hard to get shirts over his head.
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Poor kid - it's hard to get shirts over his head.
DS was 9lbs 1oz at birth. I'd consider 9lbs and up to be big, and under 7lbs to be small. I birthed him vaginally. He dropped to 8lbs 6oz at hospital discharge, then was up to 10lbs at two weeks just on mama's milk. He's always had big shoulders, he always outgrew shirt sizes much more rapidly than pants sizes. I think he was up to 4T shirts by 18 months and still in 24 month pants. He's evening out though. Now at 2 1/2, he is still in 4T shirts, but 3T pants.

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I'd say 9lb + is big mine were 1st 7lb 9oz, 2nd 7lb 13oz and 3rd 7lb 10.5oz

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6 small, 8 average, 10 big.
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I had thought my 8lbs 8oz baby was BIG at the time.. LOL Now I would say anything over 9lbs is big.

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so ladies- whats the secret to growing big babies? I would LOVE to have two 9 - 10 lbers I think that if DS had been a bit bigger (he was approx 8 lbs) maybe some of the early nursing problems would have been lessened... but mostly it was his mouth that was small- not his body!

Plus it will be fun telling people I delivered 20 lbs of baby naturally at home hehehe
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so ladies- whats the secret to growing big babies? I would LOVE to have two 9 - 10 lbers I think that if DS had been a bit bigger (he was approx 8 lbs) maybe some of the early nursing problems would have been lessened... but mostly it was his mouth that was small- not his body!

Plus it will be fun telling people I delivered 20 lbs of baby naturally at home hehehe
I think a lot of it has to do with genetics. My MW said there is often a similarity to the mother's birth weight. I am expecting a 9-pounder, LOL. We will see how right the predictions are!!!
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Well I def blew that theory out of the water! I was 6 lbs at birth and my babies avg 8.5 lbs at birth. Dh was 7 lbs some oz so not sure where my babies weight comes from.

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My 39 week Ds was 8.9 and he didn't seem huge to me but he was also 23 inches so he wasn't chunky either. He is a tall toddler 35 inches at 15 months but i'm 5'8 and dh is 6'2 so it doesn't suprise us. I think anything over 10lbs is large but it kinda depends on the parents. Even though my 5'1 mom had my sister who was almost 11lbs at 43 weeks.
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I had my first at 38 weeks and she was 9 lbs, 22 inches. She was indeed LGA, but I didn't think she was huge by any means. My second was a week early and only 8 lbs 9 oz, 21 inches. Both deliveries were quick and easy. DH and I are 5'10," my height could very well play a role in their size.

Large to me would be 10 lbs or more. Also, gestation and baby's sex play a role in what I see as "big." A baby girl born at 39 weeks that weighs 10 lbs is quite large given her gestation and sex. Boys tend to be bigger than their counterparts, so many are shocked to hear of a girl that's more than 7 lbs.

I actually wanted big babies.

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I'd say big would be over 10 lbs.

According to the midwife's estimate, Abby should have been about 9lbs at her due date, which the husband was pleased about (his family grows them big). She popped out three days past date at a tiny 6lbs 15oz, and without an ounce of fat on her. I knew the first due date we had -- which should have been two weeks later -- was the correct one. : Beware if your midwife doesn't listen that you know the date of conception. Anyway, if we'd had newborn size clothes, they would have fit; the three-month-size ones were huge on her.

For what it's worth, I was about 5 1/2 lbs when I was born (forced c-section for being supposedly two weeks past due).

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I agree that 10 lbs is big. 9 lbs isn't all that uncommon anymore.... Eli was 10 lbs 2 oz. He looked like a fatty at first, but after the birth swelling went down, he wasn't that big really. Here's right after he was born:

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Notice the eyelid fat

Here's a few days after he was born, and he wasn't really that huge:

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I agree that 10 lbs is big. 9 lbs isn't all that uncommon anymore.... Eli was 10 lbs 2 oz. He looked like a fatty at first, but after the birth swelling went down, he wasn't that big really. Here's right after he was born:

http://s108.photobucket.com/albums/n...30-2006-22.jpg

Notice the eyelid fat

Here's a few days after he was born, and he wasn't really that huge:

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I think those cheeks must have been a whole pound. I love fat baby cheeks (my ds had jowls ).
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Sorry I have to join in. Anything over 10 lbs is big. My DS was 11 lbs 2 oz at birth and I was only 5 lbs even at my birth. So I don't know if I believe that it correlates to the mother.

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My son was 10.25 lbs at 41 weeks.

My daughter was 8.75 lbs at 41.5 weeks.

My daughter seemed bigger though b/c my son lost quite a bit of weight after he was born and was slow to gain (still is too). My daughter chubbed up right away and was 14lbs by 2 mos.

I was 6 lbs when I was born but my husband was 10lbs and I think his sister was around 8-9lbs.
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