Liverpool Marilyn and Brian Dwyer must have thought their 29-year-old son was playing an April Fool’s joke on them when he called from Pennsylvania to report the birth of their grandson on April 14.
The Dwyers, who live in Liverpool on Balsam Street, heard him report that the newborn, Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer, weighed 13 pounds and 8 ounces.
Waldo weighed what?
That’s right: 13 lbs. 8 oz.!
The son of Brian Jr. and Danielle Dwyer was born April 14, and officials at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Penn., say Waldo is the largest baby they can ever remember being delivered there.
The median birth weight for boys is just less than 8 pounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And Waldo, who was two weeks past due and was delivered by Caesarean section, exceeded that average by more than 5 pounds.
“He had a little extra time in there to cook, to grow,” his mom, Danielle Dwyer, told a reporter.
Waldo’s story has been transmitted worldwide via ABC-TV news, Fox News and Canadian TV.
The parents named their son Waldo because as children they enjoyed the “Where’s Waldo” books. The middle name, Mysterious, as chosen because Waldo was born under a blood red lunar eclipse on April 14, 2014, a date that reads the same forward and backward.
You can understand why Britain’s Daily Mail called Brian and Danielle a “quirky couple.” Brian is a co-owner of Pizza Brain, a popular pizzeria in Fishtown, Penn., which also features a pizza museum.
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