14.5 lb baby born 10 days early

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Evan James Dougherty is already a big kid. His doctors knew he'd be larger than normal -- maybe around 11 lbs or so -- but no one thought he'd be 14.5 lbs and 23 1/2 in long when he was was born via C-section Friday morning.

Even more alarming, is that Evan is 10 days early. If he'd waited until his due date, he most likely would've weighed over 15 lbs. The thought of a newborn that size has me somewhat in shock. I can only imagine what Evan's mother felt like when the doctor handed her a newborn the size of a 3-month-old in the delivery room.

His size sent the nurses rushing off to find bigger diapers -- as none in the maternity ward would fit -- and Evan's parents have been dressing him in clothing for children aged 3 to 6 months.

Man, I thought my daughter was big when she was born, but this is unbelievable. I can vividly remember being able to hold her between my elbow and my palm. I'm not sure that'd be possible with a kid this size. At the very least, my arms would've been a little sore after rocking her to sleep those first couple nights in the hospital.

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