NASHUA, N.H. — Turning 3 months old Saturday, William Troxel tops the scales at almost 20 pounds.
His parents, Chelsie and Jordan Troxel, of Nashua, said their newborn draws attention wherever he goes, but they understand why: His smile is infectious, and he’s breaking stereotypes that good things only come in small packages. They believe the youngest addition to their family is pretty special, just the way God made him.
And this Labor Day weekend, they are counting their blessings for his birth, which was a labor of love. He made his debut at 10 pounds, 11 ounces in June.
“I had a natural birth,” Chelsie said, noting there were complications because of his size.
William got stuck in the birth canal, causing shoulder dystocia, and he suffered other trauma, including extensive bruising, she said. Not only did that damage the nerves in the baby’s shoulder and arms, but it also impacted tissue. Chelsie said areas of her son’s arm were without oxygen for about two-and-a-half minutes.
“It caused necrotic tissue,” she explained. “They saw these lumps during a test, and there was a worry he had cancer.”
However, the affected tissue was removed, and a recent follow-up with a specialist in Boston gave William the all-clear.
“He doesn’t have cancer,” his mom said, with a sigh of relief.
It’s at that recent checkup where they learned William’s weight.
Chelsie said the baby sleeps through the night — something he’s done since age 6 weeks — and the doctor said it wasn’t necessary to wake him for nighttime feedings. That’s normally contrary to caring for newborns, but when it comes to William, “he’s off the charts,” his dad said of his son’s height and weight.
Chelsie exclusively nurses William, and he isn’t receiving any baby cereal or supplements. His size is all-natural, the family said.
“It was a normal pregnancy,” Jordan said of his wife’s most recent journey to motherhood. “When you hear about big babies, the mother has gestational diabetes or something like that, but, no, nothing. She didn’t have that.”
All was well, Chelsie said.
William joins big brother, James, 5, and sister Emmeline, 3. They weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 9 pounds, 4 ounces, respectively at birth, Chelsie said.
Their parents are of average, but taller, height. Mom is 5 feet, 7.5 inches, and Dad is 6 feet, 1 inch. However, Jason recalls his mother sharing how he was big for his age, as well, weighing about 25 pounds at 6 months.
“The doctor berated her, went on for a really long time about what she was doing wrong and why I weighed so much,” he explained, noting the doctor finally paused to ask what she was feeding him.
When his mother shared she only was nursing Jason, the whole conversation changed, Jason said.
“She said he told her not to worry, that he was wrong and sorry. Everything was OK,” he said with a chuckle.
The children’s paternal grandparents are Mark and LuAnn Troxel, and maternal grandparents are Warren and Tricia Osborn, all of Provo, Utah, from where the couple hails.
For now, they are enjoying family life and admit the transition from two to three children has been much easier than anticipated.
“William is a joy,” Chelsie said. “People ask me to kiss and hug him.”
She said they are fascinated with his chubby cheeks and legs, which show classic baby rolls. Wearing size 12-month clothing, he attracts attention in a positive way when the family is out and about.
“People are so surprised to learn how young he is,” Jason said.
The couple shared a laugh about a food vendor asking whether William wanted a hot dog. They had to explain he was only 2 months old at the time.
“When I was pregnant, I kept saying I was having a big baby,” Chelsie joked. “I got asked a lot if I was having twins.”
Information from: The (Nashua) Telegraph, www.nashuatelegraph.com