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Whoa, That's a Really Big Baby

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Wow, is that a toddler or a baby?

Actually, Colin Austin Keisler is a newborn. Just a few days old, he can barely squeeze into clothes meant for a 6-month-old. And for good reason: Little Colin came into the world a full 14.4 pounds.

(Born via C-section, we know that's your first question.)

The Lexington, S.C., babe is the gigantic—and healthy—baby brother of the Keisler family, headed by dad Arthur Keisler and mom Cindy Richmond.

"He's a toddler at 3 days old," Arthur Keisler told reporters covering the Lexington Medical Center's record birth.

"You never know what's going to happen," Donna Hinton, clinical coordinator for labor and delivery. "When you feel like you've seen it all, something's going to come through and blow you away, but nothing like a 14-pounder."

At 14.4 pounds, Colin was already too big for his newborn clothes and the diapers his parents had lined up for home. Richmond sent her mom out to pick up appropriately sized supplies.

Colin's dad already has high hopes for his son: football. Clemson for college and the Green Bay Packers for the pros. (No pressure, Big C!)

The average weight of American newborns is 7.5 pounds, nearly half the size of Colin. Normal birth size ranges anywhere from 5.5 to 10 pounds.

Colin's weight is even more astounding in that he was born a week earlier than his due date. As conventional wisdom goes, fetuses gain one pound per week in their last month of gestation. So just imagine if he'd have stayed on the inside even just a few more days.

The Guiness Book of World Records lists the son of Carmelina Fedele as the heaviest baby born to a healthy mother. He was born in 1955 in Aversa, Italy, weighing 22 pounds, 8 ounces. A more recent "super baby" was born in India a few years ago. She came in at 15 pound.

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