NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Babies are born every day, but for those born on February 29th, things are a little different. First, they get a special label: leapling.
Leapling Gabrielle Joan Beaver arrived at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children at 2:39 a.m., Leap Day morning. Her mother, Hailey, had been praying for a Leap Day birth, even though her due date was March 8th.
Hailey says she and her doctor had a running joke.
“I told him the 29th and he's like 'No, we can wait'…”
But Gabrielle didn't wait! Mom delivered her, and she delivered mom’s dream come true.
Leap Day Dad Joshua describes the scene, “She's like ‘I’m having contractions. ’I said, how far apart? Next thing I know we’re going to the hospital.”
We joined some of the first visitors to meet the seven-pound bundle of joy, and baby Gabrielle seemed pretty chill with the idea of only having a birthday every four years.
Her dad is already planning to make her wait four times the norm before she starts dating—after all, when she's sixteen, there will only have been "four" actual calendars with her official birth date on them.