ALTON — Paije Stampley is sugar, spice and a whole lot of everything nice.
When Taryn, mother of three, went into the hospital to welcome the newest addition to her family, everything seemed to go according to plan. She was unaware that her baby would break any records.
“It wasn’t until they weighed her after delivery that I found out just how big she really was,” Stampley said.
Paije Danielle Stampley came into the world on May 7 at 12 pounds, 11 ounces, and 22 inches long. According to Dr. Geoffrey Turner, Paije was the biggest baby he had ever delivered.
Taryn says nothing seemed out of the ordinary about this pregnancy over her others.
“Nothing was really different from my other two pregnancies,” Stampley said. “I had morning sickness with all three ... just normal pregnancy stuff.”
Paije was born at Alton Memorial where Stampley; her husband, Byron; and three siblings waited anxiously. Paije has two big brothers; Byron Jr, 10, Semaj, 7, and a big sister, Jaylah, 8. According to statistics, the average baby weighs about 7.5 pounds at birth and only about 5 percent of newborns do not fall into this category.
“Just like the previous pregnancies, I had big babies so I knew she wasn’t going to be average,” Stampley said.
Besides having gone through pregnancy before, Stampley had two previous Caesarean births, so she was familiar with the process. It was not until further along in her pregnancy with Paije that she realized she would have the highest birth weight out of her children.
“After failing my glucose test and developing gestational diabetes, I knew she would be bigger than the last two,” she said.
Although most of her pregnancy was normal, she began to feel the difference as her due date neared. According to Stampley, she was pretty miserable leading up to the joyous occasion.
“I couldn’t sleep comfortably at all,” she said. “No appetite. I was even walking with a cane because the weight was really hard on my hips and my feet were so swollen. It was bad.”
Although her contractions started a couple of days before she was scheduled to have Paije, she stuck it out through the pain because the finish line was in sight. Stampley’s Caesarean was scheduled at 39 weeks. A natural birth was out of the question.
“That would have been very difficult, I’m sure.”
Since the procedure was familiar with her, she was more anxious to meet her new baby girl than nervous about the birth.
“I was very anxious to see her and get rid of that huge belly,” she said. “My first thought (after birth) was ‘Man, she’s big and has a lot of hair,’” Stampley said, laughing.
The proud parents are not planning to have any more children, choosing instead to focus on the, umm, large family they already have.
“In this economy, four kids are more than enough,” Stampley said, smiling.