February 29, 2016 4:11 pm
Updated: March 1, 2016 8:16 am

New Brunswick couple welcomes unique ‘Leap Baby’ on Feb. 29

Emily Elizabeth Thorne was born at 9:26 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 and will have to wait every four years to celebrate her birthday.

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A mom and dad in Saint Stephen, New Brunswick are welcoming one special baby to their family – a “Leap baby.”

Emily Elizabeth Thorne was born at 9:26 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, meaning she was born on a day that only comes around once every four years.

“It’s exciting I guess, it’s a very unique birthday, not many people have it,” said the new mother, Kathy Thorne.


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Weighing a little more than 7 pounds, Emily was greeted by her parents Kathy and David at Saint John Regional Hospital.

READ MORE: The hassles of being a leap year baby

The happy parents already have two sons who they say will help them celebrate Emily’s actual birthday every four years.

“I guess on the years we can’t we’ll celebrate on the day before or day after,” they said.

As Emily gets older, she will have a list of pesky inconveniences to deal with thanks to her “unique birthday,” from banking difficulties to some organizations not realizing the day exists.

The chances of being born on a Leap Day is about one in 1,461.

READ MORE: Five facts about leap year

Leap Years happen every four years, as the Earth actually rotates around the sun once in 365.2421 years, so every four years February 29 will be on the calendar.

On the upside, however, Leap Day is also the unofficial birthday of Superman, so Emily has a few things going for her.

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