File this one under “That’s a whole lot of baby”
We’ve seen some big babies as of late. There was the 14-pound boy born in Melbourne, Australia and the 13.5 pounder in Keystone Heights, Florida. But one Indiana mom looked around, cracked her knuckles and said, “I’ll see your squishy babies, and raise you one 16-pound newborn.”
Yes, you read that right. She gave birth to a 16 pound baby.
Whitney Hallett knew she was going to have a big baby. The 28 year-old mother was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, a condition that can cause newborns to grow larger in utero. Her other children weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and 11 pounds, 1 ounce, and 9 pounds, 14 ounces, respectively. But no one expected Waylon Cole to be 16 pounds. And why would they? Nowhere in those baby books does it say, “This week, your baby is approximately the size of a miniature schnauzer.”
“The doctors and nurses were like, ‘Oh my god!’” dad, Edmond Hallett, told Us Weekly in an interview. “We ended up weighing him three times because no one could believe he actually weighed 16 pounds. At first I thought maybe the scale was broken.”
For every woman reading this with clenched vaginas, allow us to relax them for you. Waylon was delivered on May 1st via C-section. Still, birthing a 16 pound baby means Hallett had to lug around that amount of adorable squishiness for months. Hell, I remember being 9 months pregnant and pulling into the grocery store parking lot, throwing one swollen ankle out of the car, crying, throwing my leg back into my car and driving home sans groceries — and my baby was only 8 pounds!
Hallett told Scary Mommy that there haven’t been too many adjustments with Waylon’s size, except they “did have to re-buy all new clothes and diapers,” and he also just got his driver’s permit. Fine, we made that last part up, but seriously, it will be any day.
“He sleeps a lot more than our other babies did, but he’s healthy. When he’s awake, he’s alert and smiles. He’s a happy boy,” Edmond told US Weekly.
Though Waylon, who weighs roughly the size of a small pug or 19 inch flat screen TV, is healthy and happy at home with his family, he did spend 7 weeks in the NICU for breathing and feeding issues. “The NICU stay was a little rough having to leave him there and come home to care for my other children, maintain the house, and return to work,” Hallett told Scary Mommy.
We are so glad to hear baby Waylon is home and happy. Also, someone give this mom a medal.