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Leap Day baby girl arrives at Adventist Health Reedley

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A beautiful baby girl is receiving all the love from her family, after arriving into the world on Leap Day!

June was born to parents Gaurav and Hannah at 1:18 a.m. on Feb. 29, nearly a week before her due date. At 18 inches long and weighing eight pounds and five ounces, the little one has spent her first few hours sleeping comfortably at the Adventist Health Reedley Birth Center – unaware of the nature of her special birth.

“I didn’t think she would come on Leap Day,” says Hannah. “But her dad’s family actually guessed that she was going to be born today.”

June is the only member of her family to be born on Leap Day. Her parents say they plan to celebrate her birthday on both Feb. 28 and March 1 and will throw her an extra big celebration every four years.

“We will definitely celebrate her specialness,” says Hannah. “She’s a very special little girl.”

For now, June’s parents are looking forward to taking their little bundle of joy home and introducing her to their family and friends.

Here are a few Leap Day factoids:

  • People born on leap year day are often called: leaplings, leapers or leapsters.
  • Most celebrate their birthdays in subsequent years on Feb. 28 or March 1.
  • It’s estimated that about 200,000 in the U.S. and 5 million people worldwide have a Feb. 29 birthday.
  • The odds of having a leap day birthday is 1 in 1,461.
  • 684 out of 1 million people are born on leap year day.
  • The Earth’s year is 365.24219 days long, which is how long it takes the Earth to make one cycle around the sun; the “extra” day was added every four years to make the “correction.”