TRAVERSE CITY (WWJ/AP) – A baby delivered by cesarean section in Michigan about four weeks ahead of her due date weighed in above 12 pounds.

Crista Hebel told the Traverse City Record-Eagle her “jaw dropped” Sunday when she learned her daughter Ayara was 12 pounds, 3 ounces. The 26-year-old Traverse City woman planned for a midwife birth but changed her mind after tests showed the baby was unusually large.

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Before she could make arrangements for a c-section near her May 5 due date, Herbel went into labor while being treated for dehydration at Munson Medical Center. The doctor who delivered Ayara said she was the largest baby delivered in the doctor’s 21 years of practice.

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Ayara is Crista and Thomas “Bob” Hebel’s third child. They have 14-month-old twin sons who, combined, weighed a pound less at birth than their sister.

Hebel told the Record-Eagle that Ayara has already passed two diaper sizes and won’t fit into any of the newborn clothing the couple received at a baby shower.

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