Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Australian Couple Welcomes A 13lb Baby

Arriving at an impressive 5.8kg at birth and just under 60cm long, Harlem is one of the biggest babies to be born in NSW so far this year.

And new parents, Maryann Barusic and Justin Bailey couldn't be happier with their big bundle of joy.

Born in Maitland Hospital via a natural birth, Harlem was too heavy for the maternity ward scales, too big for hospital nappies, wears clothes made for a six-month-old baby and takes an hour to feed.

He is almost double the average weight of a newborn and has to use infant-sized nappies.

During her pregnancy, Ms Barusic said she just knew her fourth child was going to be a big baby.

"I was so big, much bigger than with any of my other babies and I was really uncomfortable," said Ms Barusic, whose previous baby weighed 4.3kg at birth.

His parents have lovingly dubbed him "our sumo baby" and decided on his name after seeing a Harlem Globetrotters' ball shortly before he was born, two days past his due date.

The staff at Maitland Hospital believe that Hamlem may just be the biggest baby ever born at the hospital.

Liam Dalton, who was born three days earlier than Harlem, can't hold a candle to the younger baby's size.

"Liam was almost eight pounds, (3.6kg), but he looks tiny next to Harlem," mum Belinda Dalton said

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