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Baby arrives early, in time to be first


January 10, 2018 | View PDF

FIRST BABY Cooper Callis, with his parents Sonja and Kasey Callis, gets ready to leave Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

When Sonja Callis' water broke in her driveway, she wasn't quite sure what to think.

"It's not like in the movies," she said, explaining that it only became more obvious later on as she made her way to the hospital.

Sweet Home's first baby of the year, Cooper Doyle Callis, was born to Sonja, 27, and Kasey, 28, Callis Jan. 3 at 4:58 a.m. at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital. Cooper arrived weighing in at 7 pounds 1 ounce, and measuring 20.5 inches long.

Though Cooper wasn't due until Jan. 10, Kasey was hoping their first child would be a new year's baby. Still, he was happy their child arrived as Sweet Home's first.

"I'll take it," he said.

Before Sonja even found out she was pregnant, Kasey already knew what he wanted his son's name to be.

"Kasey picked out his name years ago when he heard it, and couldn't be convinced of any other name," Sonja said.

The parents knew each other in high school in Corvallis 13 years ago and became best friends, but only started dating six years ago. The Callis' have been married about four years now.

They moved to Sweet Home two years ago when they purchased a 40-acre farm with Kasey's cousin, where they run a couple businesses and breed a small herd of cattle. The two families sell pickups through CNC Motors, and run a mobile service called Mid Valley Auto Glass.

Kasey's cousin and business partner also had a baby a couple weeks ago.

"So there will be another couple Callis boys hopefully running the business (some day)," Kasey said.

The family of Sweet Home's first baby of the year was given gift certificates donated by A&W, Cedar Shack and Sugar Vibes.


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