Leap Day grandma welcomes Leap Day grandchild

March 1, 2008 6:10:14 PM PST
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - It was the perfect gift for someone born on Feb. 29 - a Leap Day grandchild. As Julie Austin of Galesville prepared to observe her Leap Year birthday on Friday, she was hoping to share the special day with the latest addition to her family.

And that's what happened when her daughter, Melissa Boudreau, gave birth to a girl at 3:23 a.m. at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. Adilyne Rejoyce weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.

"I'm so thrilled," said Austin, who was born Feb. 29, 1956. "I never thought we'd have two Leap Day babies in our family, and to have a granddaughter on my birthday is so special."

Feb. 29 only comes around every four years as a way of keeping the calendar in synch with the seasonal or astronomical year.