Whitney Hallett was expecting a big baby; her previous three babies had been born above average weight, after all. But nothing could prepare the mom from Seymour, Indiana for when her son Waylon was born on May 1 via C-section at 16 pounds and 24.5 inches long.
"The doctors and nurses were like, 'Oh my god!'" the proud dad, Edmond Hallett, told Us Weekly. "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."
In fact, Edmond had to run out and buy 6 to 9-month clothes for the infant, who is roughly the size of a 6-month-old. "There was no way he was fitting into a newborn outfit!" he said.
Though Waylon spent six weeks in the NICU at Schneck Medical Center (where Waylon is now the biggest baby ever born) with breathing and feeding issues, he's now at home with his parents and three siblings.
"He weighs 17 pounds, 7 ounces," Edmond says. "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 said that 28-year-old Whitney was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy, a condition that can cause the baby to grow very big in utero. While most large babies are birthed via C-section (doctors expected him to be around 11 pounds, 11 ounces), if birthed vaginally, it's possible they could get stuck in the birth canal, resulting in injured nerves in the neck and shoulder.
Babies born to moms with gestational diabetes could also have low blood sugar and trouble breathing.
We're glad both mom and baby are doing OK after such an eventful pregnancy!