Baby Leap Year 2020 is a double surprise for Casper parents
By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 1, 2020
His parents say he was a double surprise. Surprised he was a boy, when they were secretly hoping for a sister for 2-year-old Anastasia. Surprised at the date, when it became clear they were indeed having Casper’s only Leap Year baby.
“We’d joked the whole pregnancy about maybe having a Leap Year baby,” said Kendell Keller, mother of baby Grey, born at 12:32 p.m. Feb. 29, 2020. “Tanner’s birthday is the 28th, so we thought he might have shared a birthday with his dad.”
Kendell works as a CNA at Elkhorn Rehabilitation Hospital, a physically demanding job for a woman nine-months pregnant. Her doctor asked the couple if they wanted to induce this weekend, and then realized that Saturday was Leap Day. The parents thought the day added another layer to an already special occasion.
Kendell started labor at 7 a.m. and baby Grey arrived 5 ½ hours later. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 ¼ inches long.
Technically, Feb. 29 won’t come around for another four years. The Kellers plan to have father and son share Tanner’s birthday on Feb. 28 each year.
But, legally, Grey won’t turn another year older until March, 365 full days after his birth, and he won’t reach those all important milestones until the third month of every year. The parents found that out after some last-minute Googling.
“Legally, his birthday is not until the 1st, so when he turns 21, it won’t be until March 1,” Tanner said. “We didn’t know all of this until yesterday.”