Tank. Bruiser. Chunk. At 12.5 pounds, Damien Nelms might be one of our biggest babies
By Kristy Bleizeffer Feb 12, 2014
Michael Nelms gets a kick out of seeing “newborn” babies on television and movies. Real newborns aren’t nearly that big, typically weighing between 7 and 8 pounds. On-screen newborns are played by 2-or 3-month olds, weighing – well – about as much as Michael’s newborn son.
At 12 pounds, 6.5 ounces and 23 inches long, Damien Nelms might be one of the biggest babies born at Wyoming Medical Center. He is one of the biggest babies born in memory. That is no one – not even nurses who have worked in Labor and Delivery for more than 30 years – can remember a bigger one. (Most of our historical records are still on paper.
To determine if Damien is one of the largest babies in hospital history, we’d have to look at every chart.) What we can say is that Damien is the largest baby Dr. Samuel Vigneri has ever delivered and he’s delivered more than 4,000. For some fuzzy math, we deliver about 1,000 babies per year. Times that by 30, and Damien is close to a 1-in-30,000 baby – at least.
“Tank,” said Dr. Vigneri when asked to suggest a nickname. “Middle linebacker. He’s ready to play football now. He’s a toddler.”
Daneel Kerydwn (Kery) Nelms delivered Damien at 1:14 p.m. Tuesday after five hours of labor. It took just three pushes. Dr. Vigneri , board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, induced her one day after her due date because he knew the baby was getting big; He estimated 11 pounds during an ultrasound the day before.
But no one expected a 12-pounder.
“When he came out, everyone was guessing how big he was. They all said, ‘He’s definitely over 11.’ When they put him on the scale, everyone in the room was like, ‘Whoa!’” Michael said.
“And everybody’s eyes got really big, too. Like, ‘That is a big kid!’ Kery added.
Damien busted through the newborn diaper nurses first put on him, and the nightgown they found for him is made for an 18-month old. He weighs exactly half as much as his 22-month-old sister, Sydney.
Large babies are sometimes a sign of gestational diabetes, but Kery’s pregnancy was healthy. Big babies simply run in her family. Kery was 10 pounds, 10.5 ounces when she was born and Sydney was 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
Baby Damien has been the talk of The Birth Place since he arrived Tuesday afternoon. Nurses who come to get him take a while to bring him back, showing him off to other nurses on the floor. Mom and Dad have heard him called Bruiser, Chunk and, their favorite, Little Guy.
“He’s just very large. His rolls have rolls,” said Carla Poot, the Nelms’ nurse. “You just have to see him. He’s a cutie.”
The Nelmses want more children, between three and five. Perhaps Kerry will have to reconsider if the trend sticks and her next baby is larger still. They left the hospital Wednesday afternoon, just about 24 hours after Damien's birth.
In the meantime, Dad thinks Damien’s size might be a blessing. His baby sister can be a bruiser herself and likes to get on the mat with her mother and practice mixed martial arts. Damien just might need the extra heft.