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Leah Rossback is one of 19 newborns who arrived on Leap Day, Feb. 29, at MultiCare hospitals.
Leap Day birthdays: MultiCare welcomes 19 babies born on Feb. 29
For the 19 babies born at MultiCare hospitals yesterday, Feb. 29 always will be a special day -- even if it means their "first" birthday technically will be four years from now. But we're sure these Leap Day newborns and their families will celebrate more often that that.
The Family Birth Center at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup welcomed eight Leap Day babies -- four boys and four girls.
In the Family Birth Center at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, 11 newborns arrived on Leap Day -- six boys and five girls.
Both numbers are slightly higher than an average day at each hospital. Good Samaritan saw 2,153 births in 2011, or about six a day. Tacoma General saw 3,000 births in 2011, or about eight each day.
Leap Day -- Feb. 29 -- is a date that usually occurs every four years. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days, according to Wikipedia. The next Leap Day will be Feb. 29, 2016.
A reporter from The News Tribune visited Tacoma General Hospital and talked with Lynette and David Rossback of Tacoma, who welcomed their new daughter, Leah, into the world at 8:07 a.m. Wednesday.
“It’s kind of fun,” Lynette said, “It’s neat she chose her own special day.”
“We’re still trying to figure out what to do about the birthdays," David said. "I think a weeklong fiesta would cover it.”