Leap Year Babies Join Exclusive Club

Those born on February 29th share a special birthday. It only comes around every four years.

Jacob Ivan Barrios, born February 29, 2012

RENO, NV - Those born on February 29th share a special birthday. It only comes around every four years.

Today saw the arrival of a few new members of that exclusive club, among them Jacob Ivan Barrios, who arrived in the world shortly after 10 am at Renown Medical Center.

Jacob, all 7 pounds 14 ounces of him, is the third child of Ivan and Maria Barrios of Reno. There was little doubt what name he would have.

"I like the name," says Maria Barrios, "We're Jehovah's Witnesses and it's from the Bible."

Ivan is from Honduras, Maria Mexico City. They have the same hopes for Jacob as the parents of any newborn.

"Whatever he wants to do," says Maria. "I just want him to be happy."

Most Leap Year babies face that dilemma of the birthday. February 29th only comes around every 4 fours. On the other years, do you celebrate it on the 28th or March First?

Jacob may be the exception. Many Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate birthdays as such. Maria says the date won't matter.

"He doesn't have to have one day," she says. "We can celebrate his life every day."

There is a separate, secular issue of the birth date, however. The solution varies from country to country, but in the US a personal legally attains an age on the day before their birth date.

So, Jacob will officially turn 21 on February 29th, 2033.


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