Slant News is going out of business. I am therefore reposting my Slant articles on my personal blog, lest they be lost to posterity.
This article was originally published as “Leap Day Siblings Aren’t Just Uncommon, They’re Miracles?” on March 5, 2016.
Q: What do you call someone born on February 29th?
A: A leapling.
Q: What’s better than one leapling in the family?
A: Leapling siblings.
The odds of a baby being born on Leap Day are one in 1,461. This week, three American families who already had leapling children were blessed with a second leapling child.
Brandi Ellison of Bismarck, ND, gave birth to her second child, Abigail, on February 29, 2016. She and her husband Christopher were pleased and delighted, especially since their firstborn daughter, Annabelle, was born February 29, 2012.
I think we should play the lottery. It’s pretty crazy, we had no idea. When we first found out we were expecting with Abigail it was. We started figuring dates and it was like, ‘No way it’ll happen,’ and here we are,” said Brandi Ellison.
Jennifer Ginn of Lakewood, CO, gave birth to her son Antonio on Leap Day, 2016. Twelve years earlier, she and her husband Anthony had a son Giovanni. Antonio was born on his brother’s third birthday. The Ginns’ other four children have their birthdays scattered around the calendar.