Isaiah Lawrence Johnson (pictured) did more than tip the scales when he entered this world on Friday, weighing in at 14 pounds, 7.6 ounces and measuring 22.5 inches long. The little bruiser became one of the largest babies delivered at UF Health Shands Hospital, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Isaiah’s mom, Nicia McNelley, 30, (pictured) had a cesarean in order to deliver her big bundle safely, who arrived a week early. The Florida mom of three told the Orlando Sentinel, “It seems like it took them forever to get him out.”
Isaiah’s father, Quinta Johnson (pictured in dreads), was also on hand for the child’s labor and delivery. The newborn is reportedly the couple’s biggest baby thus far.
After Isaiah began breastfeeding, he suddenly turned blue and was immediately placed on oxygen, given an IV and then rushed to the neonatal ICU. McNelley did not even get to cuddle with her baby until two days after his birth.
McNelley told the local news outlet that Isaiah is getting stronger with each passing day and will probably be released on Christmas Eve, just in time to celebrate his first Christmas with the family in Keystone Heights.
The new mom also revealed that her child’s heavy weight places him at risk of becoming diabetic in the future. In the meantime, Isaiah is no longer on oxygen and is now thankfully holding his own. “He’s been our strong boy in holding on and fighting,” said the doting mom. “I really didn’t think he would do this well, but he’s proven me wrong. He’s made me a proud momma for sure.”