Leap year babies born at Hospital of Central Connecticut and Backus Hospital!

New London

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — Across the country and right here in Connecticut, families welcome rare Leap Day babies born Saturday.

Leap Day comes around once every four years and those born on the day are called “leapings.” People with this birthday make up only about 0.07% of the population.

The Woman’s Hospital in Texas posted pictures of several “Leap Day” babies in frog costumes born on the rare date of Feb. 29.

Here in CT, two “leapings” arrive Saturday morning.

Arriving just at 12:14 a.m., Brayden Quinn Schmidt was the very first baby born at the Hospital of Central Connecticut on Leap Day. Mariah Schmidt, the mother, said she felt “so special” to have the first Leap Year baby. He weighs 8 lbs, 6 oz and is 20″ long. His big brother Augie and dad, Larry, are also excited about the new addition.

Mariah and Larry Schmidt with their newborn son, Brayden Quinn Schmidt

In Norwich, Kloey Amaryllis was born at Backus Hospital to parents Marie and Jonathan Butler of Uncasville, entering the world at 5:26 a.m., and weighing in at 7 lb., 13 oz. Little Kloey also has two proud older siblings; a brother and sister.

The family plans to celebrate Kloey’s birthdays on March 1 during non-leap years, with bigger parties every Feb. 29.

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