Giving birth is always a miracle of life, but for this mother, it was also literally one for the record books.
Baby Ali was delivered just in time to celebrate the New Year, weighing in at a whopping 14 pounds and 13 ounces, according to WRKN.
Ali set a new record at the Arlington Memorial Hospital where he was born as he was nearly twice the size of an average newborn.
The baby’s mom, Jennifer Medlock, told WRKN, “He’s my special baby.”
“I was like OMG really. I don’t think it even registered,” Medlock said.
Both mom and the father, Eric Medlock, told WRKN that they were expecting a bigger than average baby because Ali’s sister, Annabelle, weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces.
“We heard an ‘Oh My’ behind the curtain — oh my what,” Jennifer told WRKN.
Jennifer told WRKN that she had a healthy pregnancy, delivering Ali by C-section. Ali did spend a week in the NICU because of low blood sugar and platelets but was able to come home after a week in the unit.
“It doesn’t matter how big he is, I’m so blessed to have him,” Jennifer said.
The arrival of Ali was a true blessing for the Medlocks, as Jennifer has Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. According to her doctors, her chances of getting pregnant were slim.
The Medlocks conceived their daughter Annabelle through fertility treatments, but Ali was all natural.
“We tried anyway and prayed,” the Medlocks told WRKN.
The family was ready to try fertility treatments again when Jennifer found out she was pregnant with Ali.
“I love proving people wrong,” Jennifer said.
Many people are already predicting what Ali’s future might hold.
“He is meant for something big — maybe not football (but) everyone keeps saying that,” Jennifer said.
Something big is indeed is in store for Ali, who may inherit some of his parents’ musical talent. Both the Medlocks are music teachers, but they told WRKN that they would be happy with anything Ali decides to do with his life.
“He’s loved. Do whatever makes him happy,” Eric said.
The Medlocks now have the family they have always dreamed of and say that their family is now complete. Ali is healthy, happy and at home with his parents.
Congratulations, Medlocks! This is one big bundle of joy that will fill the hearts of your family — every last ounce of him.
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