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Say hello to Folsom's new Leap Day baby

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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By Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer One local family had a leap year baby bounce into Folsom on Wednesday, Feb. 29 – a day that only comes once every four years. The first leap year baby, Dhruv Harish, was born at 12:12 a.m. at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, said Melissa Jue, media relations specialist with Dignity Health. “We didn’t know he was going to come today,” said his mother, Anidha Jayaram, of Folsom. “He was due Feb. 14, so we thought he would be our Valentine’s baby. But he wanted to wait. I guess he was just meant to be a leap year baby.” Dhruv’s father, Harish Jayagobal, of Folsom, said their baby is a miracle. “We are excited because it’s a special day,” he said. “He is so special.” Anidha said their son is very lucky, because his birthday will be celebrated for multiple days. “He will have three birthdays,” she said. “How special is that? We will celebrate Feb. 28 and March 1, and every four years, we will also celebrate on Feb. 29.” According to reports, leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun. Instead of 365 days, the Earth takes an extra 5 hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds to go around the sun. If we did not add Feb. 29 every four years, we would lose almost 6 hours from our calendar every year. That’s a loss of 24 days over 100 years without leap days. Jue said the chances of being born on Leap Day are 1 in 1,461. The number of people in the world born on Feb. 29 is 4 million. People born on Leap Day are called “Leaplings.” Leaplings have to wait every four years to officially observe their birthdays but will typically choose either Feb. 28 or March 1 to celebrate. When Feb. 29 is entered into a majority of websites, it comes up as an invalid birth date. In most states, Leaplings must wait until March 1 to be eligible for any age-specific privileges including ages 16, 18, 21. “We are just excited,” Anidha said. “It’s a new adventure for us all together.”