Posted: Mon, January 30 2012 at 11:12 PM, Updated: Mon, January 30 2012 at 11:25 PM
When they entered the birthing unit at Des Moines, Iowa's Mercy Medical Center on Thursday, the Stewardson family was expecting a baby.
Family members did not expect their child would be the biggest naturally born baby the hospital had ever witnessed.
Little Asher Stewardson weighed in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces.
What`s more amazing is that Asher was born naturally, meaning no surgery and no drugs for his mother, Kendall, during delivery.
There are risks to a baby born nine days past due, and at such a large size.
“So, everyone like double-takes when they see him, but for us it`s pretty standard and it wasn`t much worse than probably most people's” says Kendall.
“And just to have two that had absolutely no issues, we`re definitely very blessed that way,” adds father Joshua Stewardson.
Kendall says it was all worth it for their new little wonder.
According to the National Council of Health Statistics, only 1 in 1,000 newborns weighs more than 11 pounds.