While leap year babies are pretty rare, Metro South Health has celebrated the births of 36 new little leaplings, leapers or leapsters as they are commonly known since 2012.
With only a one in 1461 chance of being born on February 29, babies like Xylan Tolise Dempsey will officially celebrate their birthday every four years and face the tough decision on whether to choose February 28 or March 1 on the years in between.
Born at Logan Hospital at 1.16 am this morning (Saturday 29 February), proud mum Natasha of Park Ridge said she had no idea she would have a leap year baby.
“It came as a complete surprise but we are so excited that our baby girl is here!” Natasha said.
"We are planning to celebrate on the first of March every year," she said.
Logan Hospital Midwifery Unit Manager Marg Wendt said February 29 was always a special day in the maternity ward.
“In 2012 we had 12 leap year babies born; eight girls and four boys,” she said.
“In 2016 we only had nine leap year babies so it will be interesting to see how many leaplings are born in Logan this year.”
Whatever the number, Logan Hospital’s leap year babies will join a small, but special club of famous leapers including rapper Ja Rule, comedian Frank Woodley, and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Pictured: Logan Hospital Midwife Erin, New mum Natasha with baby girl Xylan and dad Simeon