ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Leap Day comes just once every four years, so it’s a special day for birthdays for both the young and the old.
The probability of having a birthday on Leap Day is one in 1,461, and the first baby born on Leap Day in the Capital Region was born just 24 minutes after midnight.
Proud mom Alyssa Murphy held her little miracle Connor on Monday at St. Peter’s Hospital.
“I’m just glad he’s healthy and happy,” she said.
She was due on February 28, but fate decided otherwise.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s a unique story, you know.”
Next door to Murphy was Serena Pietrocoloa with baby Evangeline, who literally leaped into the world.
“I don’t think anything was going through my mind other than catch this baby,” she said.
Destined to be a daddy’s girl, she was delivered by her father, Joe, in the family’s living room.
“With this one, as soon as you seen the head, the rest of her comes,” he said.
But from celebrating day one, Edna Mullarkey was celebrating day 36,500.
She is also a Leap Day baby. And after 25 Leap days, she is now 100-years old.
She was surrounded by family and friends for a party on Monday. She said she’s had a good life.
“Enjoy every day as you have it, and I think I’ve done that,” she said.
Mullarkey said she’s enjoying a world very different from the one she grew up in.
“The iPods, the computers,” she said with a laugh.
But she’s also picked up a valuable lesson along the way.
“Just take it a day at a time, try not to get stressful, and just enjoy things,” she said.
Connor and Evangeline with celebrate their first official birthdays on Saturday, February 29, 2020.