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Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2:12pm

New arrival tips the scales at 13.75 pounds.

When they entered the birthing unit at Des Moines, Iowa's Mercy Medical Center on Thursday, the Stewardson family was expecting a baby.

Family members did not expect their child would be the biggest naturally born baby the hospital had ever witnessed.

Little Asher Stewardson weighed in at 13 pounds, 12 ounces.

What`s more amazing is that Asher was born naturally, meaning no surgery and no drugs for his mother, Kendall, during delivery.

There are risks to a baby born nine days past due, and at such a large size.

“So, everyone like double-takes when they see him, but for us it`s pretty standard and it wasn`t much worse than probably most people's” says Kendall

“And just to have two that had absolutely no issues, we`re definitely very blessed that way,” adds father Joshua Stewardson.

Kendall says it was all worth it for their new little wonder.

According to the National Council of Health Statistics, only 1 in 1,000 newborns weighs more than 11 pounds.
 

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