A number of “Leap Day babies” were born at Boston area hospitals on Monday, gaining an unusual birthday and a lifetime conversation starter.
Leap days typically only come around once every four years.
At Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, hospital staff reported the early-morning arrival of one baby, a girl named Symone Alyson Ofori, at 1:11 a.m. The baby was born to parents Mavis and Baffour Ofori, of Waltham, according to a post on the hospital’s Facebook page.
Six more were born there later in the day.
At Massachusetts General Hospital, five Leap Day babies were welcomed into the world throughout the day. One of the babies, David Florez Malachias, was born just before 9 a.m., to parents Maria Garcia and David Malachias, hospital officials said Tuesday.
Boston Medical Center saw the birth of seven Leap Day babies on the rare day — five girls and two boys.
A total of 11 Leap Day babies were born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and five babies were born at Tufts Medical Center.
At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the numbers were much higher. The hospital on Brookline Avenue welcomed 18 babies.
Leap Day exists because the earth makes a loop around the sun every 365.2421 days. The extra time adds up to an additional day at the end of February every four years.
(One more detail: The leap day is skipped on century years, except when that year is evenly divisible by 400. So there was no leap day in 1700, 1800, 1900, but there was one in 2000.)
Some think the birth of a child on a Leap Day is bad luck. But superstitions didn’t stop these kids from making their grand entrance in Boston.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.