HAPPY FAMILY: Caitlyn Calvin Gallagher and Charlotte welcome Cooper into the family.
HAPPY FAMILY: Caitlyn Calvin Gallagher and Charlotte welcome Cooper into the family. Contributed Caitlyn Gallagher

Gladstone baby destined for the track at just one month

WHEN it comes to family it's the luck of the draw but for newborn baby Cooper Paul Ray Gallagher whose family members are confessed rev-heads, it looks like he hasn't got much choice but to be the next best Gladstone drag racer.

Cooper was born at Gladstone's Mater Hospital on October 8 this year, weighing 3402g.

Cooper's mum Caitlyn said she hadn't really thought about what her son would do when he grew up but she hoped it would be something to do with motorsport.

"I'd like for him to either do something with motors or drag racing," she said.

Cooper Paul Ray Gallagher was born on October 8, 2015. He weighed 3402 grams.
Cooper Paul Ray Gallagher was born on October 8, 2015. He weighed 3402 grams. Contributed Caitlyn Gallagher

Cooper's uncle and grandmother both race at the Benaraby drag strip and his grandfather spent a lifetime building performance engines.

As for the name, Caitlyn said she and her husband, Calvin, had always liked the name.

But with a three-year-old daughter named Charlotte, there was a bit of a Kardashian theme going on.

"We had picked the name out pretty much as soon as I got pregnant but all our names start with the letter "c" so we continued that on," she said.

"We've got the girl so we wanted the boy this time around."

In what must surely be a record, Caitlyn said her labour was "pretty straightforward".

"I went into labour pretty early in the afternoon and then at 8.45pm they told me I was right to start pushing and at 8.59pm he was in my arms," she said.

Caitlyn said she had been getting a lot of help from her mum but her advice for expectant mothers was to enjoy the peace and quiet while you could.