They’re called ‘leaplings’ and their entrance into the world is a special one, happening once every four years when the solar calendar adds an additional day at the end of February.
The chance of being born on a leap day is slim, about 1 n 1,461. But that didn’t stop five leaplings from making their appearance at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) on February 29.
First ‘leapling’ out the gate was Lexington Taylor born at 12:44 a.m.; followed by Theron Townson at 1:50 a.m.; Everly Nimmo-Booth was next at 1:55 a.m.; Asher Strong at 2:04 p.m. and last, but not least, a little girl was born to Michael and Charlene Durkin at 4:01 p.m.
Each year more than 2,000 babies are born at RVH’s Birthing Unit. While each one is a unique and beautiful miracle, it calls for a special occasion to welcome these little ‘leaplings,’ after all, they will have to wait another four years before they can celebrate their birthdays again.
Congratulations to RVH’s ‘leaplings’ and their families.
Photo: Kaleigh Kneeshaw (centre), an RN on the Obstetrics unit at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) holds Michael and Charlene Durkin’s daughter, one of the five leap year babies born at the health centre on February 29. The little girl shares the spotlight with Lexington Taylor (left) with mom Rhiannon; Asher Strong, with mom Katriena; Everly Nimmo-Booth with mom Brook-lyn and Theron Townson, with mom Maura.