Spencer Hospital Welcomes Two Leap Day 2020 Babies
on Monday, March 2, 2020
The birth of a new baby may have family members jumping for joy, and for two local families, they may have even leaped in happiness as they each welcomed baby boys born at Spencer Hospital on Leap Day 2020, Saturday, Feb. 29th.
“We’re very excited to have such a rare birthday to celebrate,” said Kevin Brown of Spencer. He and his wife Tara, along with son Oscar, 4, welcomed little Philip Nathanael Brown at 7:19 AM on Saturday.
Just after noon Saturday, Tony Reding and Shelbie Christensen welcomed Maddox Marvin Reding into the world.
The Brown’s due date was Feb. 25th so they anticipated that Philip would be born before the once-every-four-years date of Feb. 29th. However, Shelbie said she and Tony knew Leap Day was approaching and suspected their baby may choose that unusual date for arrival.
Odds of a baby being born on Leap Day are 1 in 1,461, and according to the past U.S. Census, approximately 205,000 people living in the United States have a Feb. 29th birthday, which is a small fraction of the 327.2 million U.S. population.
Philip weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Kurt and Leta Brown of Primghar, Sharon Flinders of Sutherland, and Loren Tewes of Hartley. Dr. Nathaniel Meyer delivered Philip, whose name was selected from a Bible verse, Acts 8:35-38.
Maddox weighed 7 pounds at birth and was 20.5 inches long. His grandparents are Kevin and Tracie Christensen of Cylinder and Steve and Chris Reding, also of Cylinder. Maddox was named after a grandfather and his parents say the baby has already been referred to as “Marv.” Dr. Amanda Young provided prenatal care for Shelbie and Maddox, but he was delivered by one of Dr. Young’s partners, Dr. Travis Witt.
Both babies received gift baskets, courtesy of Spencer Hospital Auxiliary volunteers, which each include a plush toy frog, as part of their Leap Year birth celebration.