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Leap Year Baby is New Addition to Her Siblings Also Born on Significant Dates

Jackie Brown just seems to have a knack for having her babies arrive on significant dates. Jackie and her husband, Ryson, welcomed their third baby, Aaliyah, at 1:40 p.m. on Feb. 29 in the Breidegam Family Birth Center at Penn State Health St. Joseph. Aaliyah was one of two Leap Year babies born in the hospital that day.

The couple’s four-year-old daughter, Layla, was born at St. Joseph on April Fool’s Day in 2011, while their son, Vion, entered the world in a Maryland hospital just before the dawn of Halloween in 2014.kids

The timing of the births, Jackie said, is purely coincidental. “We did not plan this at all,” she said with a laugh. “It just happened.”

While participating in a Centering group at the Downtown Reading Campus during her pregnancy, Jackie mentioned to OB Nurse Navigator Kim Hunter that her other two children had been born at holidays. The two joked that perhaps Jackie’s third child would be born on Valentine’s Day, which was approaching.

“I thought I might have her on Valentine’s Day, but she was a little late,” Jackie said. “Valentine’s Day would have been a little early, and she waited. I guess she just wanted to be a Leap Year baby.”

The family plans to celebrate Aaliyah’s birthday on March 1 until Leap Year rolls around again, when they’ll celebrate on Feb. 29. “We want to keep her moving ahead, not move her back a day,” Jackie explained.

A stay-at-home mom, Jackie doesn’t rule out the possibility of another baby in the future.

“We’re not planning any more right now, but you never know,” she said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.

If there is another baby and he or she arrives at a holiday, Jackie will not be too surprised. “That just seems to be the way it happens with us,” she said. “It’s really funny, when you think about it.”

Kim Hunter, MSN, RN, OB Nurse Navigator Planning a pregnancy? Expecting this year? Want to check out our birthing center? Or just have general questions? Call Kim Hunter, MSN, RN, OB Nurse Navigator and let her be your personal guide.
610-378-2569   |   KHunter3@PennStateHealth.psu.edu   |   www.StJoesSpecialDeliveries.org

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