Can This Baby Really Be the Biggest Born in California State History?
Sure, babies hit their milestones — but set state records? Well, Sammisano Joshua Talai Otuhiva does. When Sammisano was born back in August, he weighed in at 16 pounds, 1.7 ounces and now, mom and dad are fighting for their son’s spot at the tippy-top at the California scales.
Sosefina Tagalu and Pavasio Otuhiva delivered their boy on August 23, 2013 and all was well and good until a few months later, when they read about another baby born in California: little Andrew Jacob Cervantez, who was making headlines left and right for being California’s biggest baby. It was then that the proud parents decided they wanted to set the record straight. Otuhiva told SFGate.com, “I’ll be honest with you. I was hurt that the claim wasn’t ours. I wanted to share our story.” Mom added, “My friends and family told me I needed to set the record straight. They said you have an amazing gift that nobody else has.”
In order to do so, Sosefina and Pavasio waived their right to medical privacy and gave a reporter access to their son’s birth records. After a quick look, it was clear that the title of California’s Biggest Baby belonged to one baby, and one baby only: Sammisano.
During he pregnancy, Sosefina gained 110 pounds. She delivered via c-section and now, six months later, she still suffers from sciatic nerve and back pains. Add to that the weight of her now 25-pound son, and Sosefina has her work cut out for her on a daily basis. Everything from changing and feeding to clothing and bathing requires extra thought — and extra sizing.
“You know, diapers only go up to a size 6,” she told the site. “I don’t know what I’m going to do when he gets bigger.” Mom admitted that her baby boy stands in a walker to eat — and sometimes, he sits in his car seat. Why? Sosefina says that he’s too heavy to hold. Sammisano is also eating solids because his liquid diet was just too little for his ballooning size. Bath time, she says, happens in the kitchen sink because he’s already outgrown his tub.
Following her pregnancy, Sosefina has been able to return to work. And though her pregnancy weight gain is definitely not common, it doesn’t mean it never happens. Both she and her husband are from the Pacific Islands, where large children are the norm. She was born in American Samoa and her husband, Tonga. Though medical experts attribute some of Sammisano’s size to genetics, it could also be due to the fact that Sosefina is a diabetic.
Diabetes is commonly one of the causes of bigger-at-birth babies (since mom’s high blood sugar levels make baby grow faster), but that doesn’t mean it’s the sole reason. Sometimes, babies are just born larger-than-average, without any rhyme or reason.
Sammisano was born at full-term and only stayed in the hospital a few days after for monitoring purposes. He’s in perfect health and goes to day care. He’s 28 inches tall, alert, playful and only cries when he’s hungry, which his parents say is often. Even at six months, mom says that Sammisano is aware of his size. “You try to cuddle him, put him to bed. He wants you to put him down. He knows he’s big.”
Do you think parents and doctors should worry more about increasing birth weights?
Plus, more from The Bump: