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After quite a long labor, News 18's Kayla Sullivan gave birth to a beautiful baby boy!

Posted: Feb 4, 2019 12:49 AM
Updated: Feb 5, 2019 6:55 AM

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - WLFI’s five and six o’clock evening anchor/reporter Kayla Sullivan is celebrating the birth of her first child.

Kayla delivered a healthy baby boy on Saturday, Feb 2 at 12:58 in the morning.

Kayla and Allan Heiden named their son Sullivan Dale Heiden.

“I love when women use their last name as a first name for their child,” said Kayla. “Plus, Sullivan honors my Irish heritage and makes for a cute nickname, Sully!”

Sullivan’s middle name, Dale, is after Allan’s Grandpa.

“He passed away shortly before I met Allan and they were extremely close,” said Kayla. “We feel like he has been smiling down on us from Heaven ever since.”

Allan was the only male in his generation with the opportunity to pass down the Heiden last name.

“Allan has always wanted a son and if you compared his baby picture to Sullivan Dale’s, you wouldn’t know the difference,” said Kayla. “I’m extremely happy about that! I prayed for Sully to have that adorable dimple.”

Kayla will be off the air taking care of baby Sully for at least six weeks.

“I think being a mother will only enhance my ability to understand what is important to this community and report it,” said Kayla. “I look forward to coming back with a whole new perspective on life!”

Kayla wants to thank the Greater Lafayette community for all their well-wishes and prayers throughout her pregnancy.

“I’d also like to thank the staff at Franciscan Health,” added Kayla. “They’ve been so helpful and patient as I learn the ropes of motherhood!”

Once Kayla returns to work, News 18’s Trevor Peters will act as Sullivan’s nanny.

“Trevor is Allan’s cousin and introduced us with the help of his mom,” explained Kayla. “We jokingly call him the ‘manny’ and trust he will take great care of Sully while we are at work!”

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