A woman has given birth to a 12lbs 4.5ozs baby boy – so big he weighs nearly twice the average newborn.
Theo Brown came into the world on September 6 after exhausted mother Paula Brown spent six hours in labour.
Baby Theo was born naturally at Blackburn Birthing Centre and was initially kept in hospital due to an infection brought on by jaundice.
But he is now at the family home in Great Harwood, in Lancashire, with parents Paula and Gareth.
After seeing the size of their newborn, Theo’s parents were forced to ditch the baby clothes they’d bought and buy the next size up instead.
Mum Paula, 33, said: ‘It was not pleasant and it was hard work and tiring.
‘But the end result of it all is just fantastic.’
His dad Gareth, 32, said birthing staff told the couple it was the biggest baby they’d seen for around five years.
‘They said it was the biggest baby out of the last 4,500.
‘Everybody is doing fine now, Theo is home and well.
‘He’s absolutely brilliant.
‘Our youngest daughter Rose whose five especially just absolutely loves him.’
The family said they had been guessing what weight the baby would come in at, with two previous children weighing in at 9lb 3oz and 9lb 8oz respectively.
Theo’s 14-year-old step-sister Milly Mayor, who cut the cord for the birth, weighed a fraction of her brother’s size at a tiny 6lb 11oz.
‘We were all making guesses at what weight the baby would come in, but nobody was expecting that,’ added Gareth.
‘The midwife cancelled her dentist appointment to make sure she was there for the birth, they hadn’t seen anything like it.
‘All of the staff at the birthing centre were absolutely fantastic with us, we can’ thank them enough.
‘Everyone at the Burnley hospital were great as well.
‘It was strange, most of the babies there were tiny and Theo was huge.’
Theo does not take the title of Britain’s biggest naturally delivered baby.
That honour is thought to belong to baby George from Gloucester, born in February 2013, who came in at an impressive 15lb 7oz.
The weight of an average baby in the UK is just over 7lbs.