Lauren Penney from Rushey Platt is four years old on 29 February and will be celebrating her first ‘birth’ day.
She was the only leapling to be born at the Great Western Hospital birthing suite in 2012. Mum Anna said: “On the day of her arrival I awoke at 3.30am and Lauren was with us by 7.30am, she was obviously keen to be born on that day. Her father Stuart was shocked that she had arrived so quickly.
“There were no other babies born on the GWH birthing suite that day and as it wasn’t open the previous leap year, so as far as we know she is the first and only leapling to be born in the GWH birthing suite to date.”
Over the last four years Anna discovered hearing test machines and Apple devices don’t recognise 29 February as a valid date. Apple has since adapted its software to post leap year birthdays on 28 February in common years. But Anna is campaigning to persuade the company to be country specific because the UK and Hong Kong only recognise leaplings after the birthday has past which means Lauren’s legal birthday takes place on 1 March.
For the last three years the family, which now includes younger brother Cameron, has held mini-parties on 28 February and 1 March. Anna added: “Lauren knows this year is important but doesn’t appreciate the difference in the astronomical year and calendar year. We’re planning an extra special party for her to celebrate with her friends.”
As for Cameron, pictured above with Cameron, his claim to fame is being born on Burns Night, 25 January, and being born after a rapid 100 minute labour.
Find out more about the legal status of leaplings at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_year