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Meet Rupert Bill, Kington's biggest baby
It's hard work being this big: Baby Rupert Bill sleeps next to older brother Elijah, mum Charlene and dad Edward.
ALTHOUGH every newborn child is always known as “mummy’s little angel”, there really is nothing “little” about Kington baby Rupert Bill.
Born naturally weighing 12lb and 2oz, staff at Hereford County Hospital said he was one of the biggest babies they had ever seen.
Mum Charlene, aged 27, said there were no signs during her pregnancy that Rupert would be the giant he turned out to be.
But when he was born, 10 days after his due date on September 21, midwives realised he could well be the heaviest boy born in the county for a decade.
Charlene, a mobile hairdresser, said: “Apparently he is the talk of the hospital, as people just can’t get over how big he is.
“He is our little chunky monkey.”
Charlene and husband Edward, a cook at Leominster’s OK Diner, have another son Elijah James.
He weighed in at 9lb 14oz, so there was little to suggest that his brother would be such a big boy.
“Neither my husband Edward nor I are small ourselves; I’m 5ft 6ins tall while Edward is 5ft 11ins, but I certainly didn’t expect Rupert to be the size he is,” Charlene added.
“It’s mind-boggling. But I would rather he was a big baby and healthy than smaller and poorly.”
The proud mum said her appetite was surprisingly poor when she was pregnant with Rupert although she did crave sugary drinks.
“The only weight I gained throughout my pregnancy was baby weight and I’m lighter now than I was when I conceived him,” she added.
Shirley Jones, lead midwife at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We were all delighted at the quick and safe arrival of Charlene’s baby boy, and our midwives were taken by surprise when he weighed in at a healthy 12lb 2oz.
“We don’t deliver many babies of this size and it’s a credit to Charlene, who supported by our midwives, was able to give birth naturally.”
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