Leap Day baby boom
POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 12:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Every four years we add an extra day to the calendar to keep in sync with the seasons, but through that process we put a serious kink in the birthday plans of any babies born on Leap Day.
February 29th marks a day of special, and in many cases surprise deliveries.
Erin Carey gave birth in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Wednesday.
"We definitely weren't planning on it because the due date was March 9th," she laughs.
"It was kind of a running joke with our family and friends, 'Oh, I wonder if they'll have it on the 29th,' and sure enough," says new mother Sarah Jutte of Cleveland, Ohio.
Baby Mikayla was born in Charlotte, North Carolina via C-section.
Her mom planned it that way.
"It's just an interesting little fact to put in the scrapbook," says new mom Michele Claudios.
The odds of being born on Leap Day are just one in 1,500, but it's not that lonely.
There are more than 200,000 "leapers" in the United States.
Mackenzie Cox is one of them.
She's turning 8, or 2 "leap" years old.
"I only get a birthday every four years," she says, but every other year she gets two days to celebrate.
"We bring cupcakes on the 28th and cookies to school on the 1st," she explains.
With more than 10,000 babies joining the Leap Day club, the seasoned veteran has some words of wisdom for them.
"They're going to be special," Mackenzie says.
A majority of the parents said they will celebrate their child's birthday on February 28th during non-leap years, but for legal permissions like getting a license or turning a legal drinking age, the government usually makes leap day babies to wait until March 1st.