16-Pound Newborn Waylon Cole leaves hospital after 7 weeks and his parents couldn’t be happier. The giant baby boy, who weighed at birth more than double the weight of what you would expect, had medical problems that needed to be kept under medical supervision.
Waylon Cole was born on May 1, in Seymour, Indiana, to mom Whitney Hallett and dad Edmond Hallett. The couple were expecting to see a big baby, as they were told he would be bigger than the regular size in newborns. But when he was delivered, via caesarean section, the medical team and the parents were shocked.
“The doctors and nurses were like, ‘Oh my god!’”, Edmond tells US Magazine. “We ended up weighing him three times because no one could believe he actually weighed 16 pounds”. He continues: “At first I thought maybe the scale was broken.”
The 16-pound newborn was dressed in clothes for 6 to 9-month-old babies from day one!
But that was not the problem. His real issues were health-related – feeding and breathing properly. This made him a patient to the hospital he was born in for 7 more weeks.
Over the weekend, Waylon and his mother were finally released from the hospital. In the meantime, he gained a bit more weight. “He weighs 17 pounds, 7 ounces”, Edmond reveals, adding that his son is now healthy and happy. And “he sleeps a lot more than our other babies did.”
The Halletts have two older children, both of which were born at a normal weight.
In Waylon’ case, Whitney was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which causes the baby to gain a lot of weight before his birth. The babies of mothers with gestational diabetes are prone to breathing and feeding problems. They have very low glucose levels at birth. Also, their risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes increases.