We’ve all heard that things are bigger in Texas, from big hair to stompin’ cowboy boots to big bold Texan flavours. But big is taken to the extreme with the recent birth of a 16 pound 1 ounce 2-foot long baby. Now that’s a BIG baby. Makes baby Meebs, weighing in at 6 pounds 13 ounces and 19.5 inches, look like a peanut!

The bouncing baby boy was born on July 8th at 9am by C-section, thank goodness! He set a new record for the Longview, Texas hospital; officials haven’t yet confirmed whether he is the largest born in the state, but so far haven’t found a greater birth-weight on record. Nicknamed “The Moose” among hospital staff, little JaMichael Brown by all measures seems to have crushed state newborn records.

Now dad is 6 foot 7 inches and mom had gestational diabetes, which can result in bigger birth weights, so a larger than average baby was not unexpected. Exactly how big was the huge surprise. But while JaMichael is bigger than what the majority of women will deliver, he’s not the biggest baby on record. Yes, I’m serious.

Guinness World Records says the heftiest newborn ever recorded weighed 23 pounds, 12 ounces, and was born to an Ohio woman in 1879. Yikes…did they have C-sections back then? More recently, in 2005 a 38-year-old Brazil woman, also with diabetes, delivered a baby by C-section (nicknamed giant baby) who tipped the scales at 17 pounds. And even bigger, a baby born in Indonesia in 2009 weighed in at 19.2 pounds—setting a record for the country and capturing “www” attention. Wow, Meebs just turned one and weighs just under 20 pounds, and she’s still chubby!

For the sake of all current and future moms, I hope these records stand for a very long time.