The first baby born at Perham Health in 2020 was a baby girl born on New Year's Day.
In addition to being the first baby of the new year, Bettie Ann Cogger is also the first baby of the new decade.
She was born on Jan. 1 at 3:15 A.M. to Jessica and Sean Cogger. She was 7 lbs, 15 oz, and 20 1/2 inches long.
The Coggers have four other children: Owen (11), Sadie (5), Maggie (3) and Zoey (1), making Bettie the fifth and youngest Cogger child.
Bettie was taken home the evening of Jan. 1, the same day she was born, to her 4 older siblings.
"It's a whole new thing," Jessica said, bringing Bettie home the evening of Jan. 1, with four siblings excited to be around their new baby.
"'I love her! I love her! I love her! I just want to hug her!'" Jessica said, quoting 1-year-old Zoey. All the attention meant it was nearly impossible to leave the new baby in the bassinet, Jessica said.
Bettie was delivered by Tonya Diggins, Certified Nurse Midwife, with Beth Hien, Terri Koehler, Deanna Nelson and Sarah Hoffman as the attending nurses that night.
The Perham community gave a first baby of the year gift to the Cogger family. The gift was comprised of items and services donated by the local businesses:
- Unique Boutique
- Perham Health Clinics Ottertail and New York Mills
- KLN Family Bands
- Richter's Men's Wear
- Overland Insurance Agency
- Spanky's Stone Hearth
- A Tribute in Stone
- Perham Health Pharmacy
- Jean's the Right Plant Place
- Dairy Queen Grill
- Designs by Tes
- Winkels Carpet Center
- Mark's Fleet Supply
- Thumper Pond
- United Community Bank
- Car Care Paradise
- Perham Health
- St. Agnes & Mary Mission St. Henry's
- Perham Focus
- Lakes Family Eyecare
- Jute Baby Design