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Couple Gives Birth To 16-Pound Baby (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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An Indiana mother set a new state record by giving birth to a 16-pound baby.

Waylon Cole Hallett was born by C-section in Seymour on May 1, WLKY reported. The child was measured at 24.5 inches long and weighed 16 pounds, making him the largest baby ever born in the hospital.

Baby Waylon was in the NICU for seven weeks after his birth due to breathing and feeding issues. He recovered well, and is currently back at home.

The child's mother, Whitney Hallett, 28, said doctors expected her boy to be about 11 pounds, 11 ounces during an ultrasound at the 37-week mark. But at just 7 weeks old, Waylon has exceeded those expectations, weighing a whopping 17 pounds, 7 ounces.

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"The doctors and nurses were like, 'Oh my god!'" Edmond Hallett, the baby's father, 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."

"He sleeps a lot more than our other babies did, but he’s healthy," the proud father added. "When he’s awake, he’s alert and smiles. He’s a happy boy."

Whitney was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. The condition can cause a newborn to grow quite large in utero, according to the Daily Mail.

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While Waylon's size at birth may be considered remarkable by traditional standards, he is not the biggest baby to ever be born. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest baby in history was born in Ohio in 1879 and weighed 22 pounds.

Still, social media users were shocked at Waylon's size.

"As soon as I saw the headline I had a feeling the mother had GD and I was right," wrote one user. "Cute baby though. Enjoy your bundle of joy!"

"Very cute baby! Glad he's ok though. I wonder if maybe they don't fully understand what gd is," wrote another. "Like what kind of foods she should stay away from...etc."

"Wishing him a healthy life going forward," added another commenter. "He sure is a big baby."

Waylon isn't the only baby making big headlines. A South Carolina couple gave birth to a 14-pound, 4-ounce boy on June 23.

“I make ‘em big,” father Arthur Keisler told ABC News of his son, who also set the record for largest baby born at Lexington Medical Center. “The room completely changed as soon as they got him out. The doctor said, ‘Whoa, this is a big baby.’ They pulled the scale into the operating room and the room and the room erupted into like, ‘Oh, my God, this is the craziest thing ever.’”

Sources: WLKY, Us Weekly, Daily Mail, ABC / Photo credit: Government Of Alberta/FlickrHallett Family via Daily Mail, WLKY via Daily Mail

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