Leap Day babies are rare; less than 1 percent of the world’s population is born on Feb. 29. Join us in celebrating a few local Leap Day babies — a couple who were born to our own Renown employees, and three even born on Leap Year 2016!
It’s true that Leap Day babies may actually have discovered the fountain of youth: After all, they only technically age a year every four years.
We’re liking that math.
So to celebrate this special day, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on Leap Year, including introducing you to a few celebrating birthdays on this year’s special day.
Leap Year: What is It?
Every four years in the Gregorian calendar, an extra day is added to the calendar in order to synchronize it with the solar year. The extra day is called a Leap Day, or an intercalary day. The Leap Year’s extra day is vital because a complete orbit around the sun takes slightly longer than 365 days – 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds longer, to be exact.
Party! It’s Your Birthday! (Every Four Years, That Is)
A few fun Leap Day birthday facts:
- People born on Feb. 29 are called “leaplings” or “leapers.”
- The chance of being born on a Leap Day is one in 1,461.
- There are an estimated 200,000 leaplings in the United States and 5 million around the world.
- For centuries, astrologers believed children born on Leap Day had unusual talents, unique personalities and even special powers.
We don’t know about that, but we believe that every child is special. Renown would like to wish a very “Happy Birthday” to our newest community members and all who are celebrating this year. And really, we envy your age. You don’t look a day older than four times your “real” age!
Leap Day Babies of 2016
Brian and Trish Green welcomed baby Lincoln at 9:19 a.m. – the first Leap Day baby born at Renown in 2016. The 7 lb. 0 oz. bundle of joy is a little brother to 15-month-old Jade. The parents said they plan to be flexible on when they celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on non-Leap Years, but will definitely have an extra special celebration for him on Leap Years.
John and Emily Wooten had their Leap Day baby at 1:26 p.m. Ember, weighing in at 7 lbs. 7 oz., is their third child. Mom is happy, but not too sure how she feels about having her on Leap Day, while dad is very excited for Ember’s birth on this once-every-four-years day. In all, Renown delivered 10 Leap Day babies — six boys and four girls.
HONORABLE MENTION: Trinh Pham and Chi Ngo welcomed baby Lucy at 10:52 p.m. the evening before Leap Day – their first baby! Both parents couldn’t be happier to welcome Lucy into the world, even though she didn’t wait to become an actual Leapster.
Renown Leap Day Babies of Years Gone By
Dawn Clifford, Supervisor of Business Office-Cash Support, has been with Renown for eight years. Her son, Max, was born at 7:10 a.m. on Leap Day of 2012. “I was told he was the first baby born at Renown that day,” Dawn says.
Cassandra Deen, RN, BSN, Transfusion Safety Officer, works in Quality at Renown. Her son, Isaiah, was born at Renown on Leap Day 2008.
More Leap Year Trivia
- A Leap Day is added every four years unless the year is perfectly divisible by 100, in which case there’s no Leap Day. This rule applies unless the year is also perfectly divisible by 400, in which case the previous rule is nullified and there is a Leap Day. The year 2000 had a Feb. 29 because it was perfectly divisible by 400, while 2100 won’t have one.
- The last time a Leap Day was skipped was in February of 1900. The next time will be in February of 2100. Most of us won’t ever see a Leap Day skipped in our lifetimes, but the Leap Day babies born this year have a good chance – they’ll be 84! (Or, a young 21, if you go by their Leap Age.)
- In the U.S., Leap Year coincides with presidential election years.
How did you celebrate Leap Day? Let us know in the comments. And if you’d like to learn more about Renown’s pregnancy and childbirth services, please visit renown.org.