LEAP YEAR BABY BORN

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THE Whit­sun­days wel­comed a beau­ti­ful baby boy this week, born on one of the rarest days of all – Fe­bru­ary 29.

Born to lov­ing par­ents James Top­ping and Amy Dob­bins, Hughett Christo­pher James Top­ping ar­rived at 9.45am weigh­ing 3374g. “Hugh is pop,” Amy said. “Who passed away re­cently,” James added.

“Christo­pher is my father and James is daddy over there,” Amy con­tin­ued.

The new­born wasn’t ex­pected to be a leap-day baby.

“He’s early,” Amy ex­plained.

Through all the ex­cite­ment of an early de­liv­ery and the birth of a healthy baby boy, one ques­tion still re­mained – how to cel­e­brate his birth when it’s not a leap year?

“We’ll prob­a­bly cel­e­brate it on the 1st (of March),” Amy said.

“When it comes time for im­por­tant birth­days like his 18th, he won’t be able to get into the pub on the 28th but he will on the 1st.”

He will be able to ap­ply for his learner’s per­mit on his birth­day how­ever, with his 16th set to fall in a leap year.

Hugh is the cou­ple’s se­cond child, but brother Jack isn’t a leap-day baby.

“He was an Au­gust baby,” Amy said.

With roughly a one in 1400 chance of be­ing born on a leap day, the cou­ple said they didn’t know of any other ba­bies with the same birth­day, other than two twins cov­ered in this week’s Whit­sun­day

Times.

“The doc­tor said he had a mate who was born in a leap year, but that’s all,” James said.

The cou­ple thanked both their fam­i­lies for their sup­port through­out the preg­nancy and birth, Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal staff for their ex­em­plary care and the mid­wives, all of whom they “couldn’t fault”.

LEAP­ING WITH JOY: James Top­ping and Amy Dob­bins with their new baby boy, Hughett Top­ping, born on a leap-day.

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