RALEIGH — With triplets on the way, Kevin and Kristine Sullivan expected a jumbo-sized bundle of joy a chubby-cheeked, diaper-clad threesome.
But the heavyweight trio that bounced into their lives last October drew gasps of surprise even from doctors at WakeMed: 18 pounds, 11.48 ounces total the size of a Christmas turkey.
It turns out the Sullivan clan wasnt just big, but Guinness World Records big. Its official as of July 7: No other set of triplets on Earth can match their precious poundage.
Were up to 24 bottles a day, said their dad, a research scientist. Between feeding and changing them, you have about a 45-minute downtime.
If the Sullivan babies seem small for a Guinness mention, consider that the average triplet weighs about 4 pounds. Quintuplets come out even lighter.
Days before their birth at 35 weeks, doctors told the Sullivans to expect typical trips.
Then came Kate: 6 pounds.
Ethan: 7 pounds.
Owen: 5 more pounds
A couple of them were as big as full-term babies, said Dr. Joel Bernstein, their ob/gyn with Raleighs Kamm McKenzie practice.
The Guinness idea started as a wild stab checking the Guinness site for the reigning champs. The Sullivans beat a set of Canadian triplets by a pound, though paperwork and verification took months, including video footage of a nurse calling out each triplets weight.
The Sullivans arent the all-time heaviest. That honor goes Mary McDermotts three born in England a century ago. World records are often broken into categories, and the Sullivans of Raleigh are recorded as heaviest living triplets.
Just as surprising as the triplets size, they spent no time in neonatal intensive care and went home from WakeMed after three days. They ate with no problem and slept ... well, like most infants.
After nine months, Kate is sitting up, Ethan is scooting and Owen has grown into the biggest sibling at 24 pounds.
Their parents, also juggling their 3-year-old son Wyatt, cant guess why their multiples turned out so titanic. They arent unusually large people themselves.
If the record stands, they figure their children will regard it as a curiosity, a unique trait they can use as an ice-breaker in conversations when they get older. And after theyve wowed people with their world-record status, they can wait for the satisfying response: My, how youve slimmed down.