"They were like, oh my God, I can’t believe he’s so big, they couldn’t wait to get him on the scale," the mother said.
It was an emotionally grueling experience for Cary and Tim Patonai as they tried to become parents to another child. After a lot of challenges, the couple finally welcomed their little bundle of joy and saw him become a tiny celebrity right after his birth.
Before the newborn baby's birth, Cary had to suffer heartbreak after heartbreak as she went through 19 miscarriages. "Two of the miscarriages were sets of twins," Cary told USA TODAY. "It was was traumatic for the whole family, especially our oldest child (Devlen). Each loss would break his little heart."
After their oldest son, Devlen, was born, the couple went through 17 miscarriages before finally welcoming their second son, Everett. The couple then continued to try and grow their family but had two more unsuccessful pregnancies before Cary finally got pregnant with Finnley.
On October 4, Finnley was born weighing a whopping 14 pounds, 1 ounce. He weighed about double the average size of a newborn baby. The infant was also quite tall at birth and came out measuring 23.75 inches.
In addition to being the much-awaited new addition of the Patonai family, baby Finnley became quite the celebrity right after he was born.
"Finnley was a little celebrity at the hospital. Everyone wanted a selfie with him,” Cary told TODAY. "The OB/GYN who performed the C-section said that in 27 years he had never seen a newborn that size. There was so much excitement in the delivery."
Both Cary's older sons were also heavy when she gave birth to them. Devlen, now aged 10, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, while Everett, aged 2, weighed 11 pounds, 11 ounces. However, Cary did not expect her third baby, Finnley, to outweigh his two older brothers by such a margin.
"I’m used to carrying big babies, but this was on another level," Cary said. "It got to the point where I could hardly move. It would take me 30 minutes to recover from taking a shower."
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Finnley not only received a warm welcome from his family but was also fussed over by his doctors at the hospital. "They were like, oh my God, I can’t believe he’s so big, they couldn’t wait to get him on the scale," said Cary, according to ABC15 Arizona.
"They got him on the scale like 14.1, I’ve never seen it that big, the doctor and one of the sweetest nurses there they were all taking selfies with us, they asked permission of course, but they were just so pumped," added the 36-year-old mother.
Not only was Finnley too big to fit into his homecoming outfit, but he's also currently wearing clothes meant for babies aged 6 to 9 months. He's overall a healthy and "snuggly" baby that his family can't get enough of.
Cary referred to her older son and said, "When he was born, he was my doctor's top five, of the biggest and I was like, just you wait, I’m gonna get to the top of the list, totally joking two years ago, and then we accidentally did it."
With Finnley's birth coming as the light at the end of a long tunnel, Cary told TODAY, "Our family is finally complete. He’s absolutely perfect."
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