NORWICH, Conn. – Oh baby! Marie Michel's fifth child was one for the record books. The Norwich woman gave birth to a 14-pound, 13-ounce boy on Tuesday at William W. Backus Hospital. Backus officials said the newborn — Stephon Hendrix Louis-Jean — broke the 18-year record for the biggest baby ever born at the hospital by 1 pound, 13 ounces. He was nearly 23 inches long.
"He's built like a linebacker," said Dr. David Kalla, who delivered the baby by Caesarean section.
After nine months of carrying Stephon, Michel, 36, said she was more tired and happy to have given birth than all the attention her baby was receiving.
"I was miserable," Michel said. "I couldn't sleep at night. My 13-year-old son had to help me get in and out bed."
The baby's size came as no surprise to his mom. Michel's oldest son weighed 9 pounds at birth, her 8-year-old twin sons each weighed 8 1/2 pounds and her youngest son, 3, was nearly 12 pounds.
Michel's husband, Vijens Louis-Jean, a truck driver, was coming from Florida to see his son.
Less than 24 hours old, the baby was fitting into clothes for a 6-month-old and was too big for newborn diapers.
"I have baby clothes, but I don't think they will be able to fit," Michel said. "I think I will have to return them."