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After birth of 12-pound boy, readers offer their own ‘big baby’ stories

Amanda and Gabriel Dake, the day after his birth at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.

Gabriel Dake, the 12-pound baby boy who was born Thursday morning at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, was discharged from the hospital yesterday, as was his mom, Amanda Dake.

Gabriel’s birth delighted many readers, including those who had their own “big baby” stories to tell. In case you missed some of them:

From Heather:  “In 1980, my mother gave birth to a 12 pound,10 ounce baby boy, at home and with no anesthesia!  The doctor was just as shocked!!  He immediately went right in to 6-month-old clothing and broke his antique cradle.  Thanks for the great story. Thought I would add a little to it!” 

From Wilma Smith: “When I had my daughter in the Fredericksburg hospital, there was a 16-pound baby born. That was January 1979.”

From Theresa Carneal:  “My baby should have set the record at Mary Washington. He weighed 10 lbs., 11 ozs., back in 2002.”

From Amanda Stanley: “Umm, why is this news? My brother was 12 lbs., 11 ozs., in 1990 with no C-section.”

Thanks to Lisa Henry, director of marketing at Mary Washington Healthcare, we were able to crown Gabriel as the biggest baby born in this area in at least three years. In case you missed those numbers from Lisa, published first in Saturday’s print edition, here the biggest babies born at Mary Washington and Stafford hospitals since 2009:

Mary Washington Hospital:

2011: 10 lbs., 11 ozs.

2010: 11 lbs., 14 ozs.

2009: 11 lbs., 11 ozs.

Stafford Hospital:

2011: 9 lbs., 14 ozs.

2010: 10 lbs., 6 ozs.

2009: 10 lbs., 2 ozs.