KJCT News 8's Megan Terlecky is a Leap Year Baby, and as it turns out, she isn't the only one in the valley born on February 29th. Five Leap Year babies in all celebrated in our studio, talking all things Leap Year.
Hollywood says it's a day where the girl proposes to the guy. Julius Caesar says it's a day that keeps the calendar inline. But for Evelyn, Tom, Angel, Shelbie and Megan, February 29th is what makes them unique.
Tom Motz, a Leap Year baby, says, "Its a special day, we are special from the minute we are born."
So how did this special day come about? We all know it takes 365 days for the earth to rotate around the sun, right? Well actually, it takes 365 and about a quarter days. So, every four years that adds up to an extra day. That's the day Leap Year babies are born.
Motz says, "The coolest thing is there aren't very many of us."
Evelyn Saxton, a Leap Year baby, says, "I personally had no idea there were other Leap Year babies in town."
Leap Year babies are used to answering a lot of questions.
Shelbie Schelling, a Leap Year baby, says, "How is it possible to have a birthday not on the 28th and not on the 1st, most of my friends don't understand Leap Year.
Motz says, "How old are you really, because people have a very difficult time multiplying by four apparently. It's not that hard, multiply by four."
The number one question asked is, when do you celebrate?
Shelbie says, "I celebrate it on March 1st."
Angel Thompson, another Leap Year baby, says, "I usually celebrate it on the 28th and the 1st, both days."
Motz says, "We were typically the 28th."
Evelyan Saxton says, "Actually my friends and family, we celebrate it for a week."
Angel is celebrating her fourth birthday then heading out to the DMV. "I am going to be 16, its pretty exciting," said Angel.
Three year old Shelbie likes the idea of staying forever young. "You're not getting older, you are staying at a younger age," said Shelbie.
Tom is still just a teenager at 13. "I get called Doogie Howser sometimes, because I'm a family physician," says Motz.
Big age milestones also become even bigger, especially when you turn 21.
Motz says, "We had fun going to the bars and having the bouncers check IDs and get confused because we went out on the 28th and my ID said the 29th. I said if you make me wait until tomorrow it's the first. Some of them thought I had a fake ID."
Evelyn gets to celebrate her 21st all over again. "I am going to do anything that I want to," says Saxton.
If you're a Leap Year baby Let us know!