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Leap Day babies? Area moms delivered a bunch of them yesterday

Sara Hutchens with her Leap Day baby Iimani. (Photos courtesy of Spotsylvania Regional)

The region welcomed 16 new “leaplings” yesterday, or babies born on Leap Day, Feb. 29.

At the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Sara Hutchens and Reginald Kitchen were the proud parents of Iimani, a 7 pound, 7 ounce girl. Soon after Iimani’s arrival, Jennifer and Eddie Scribner had a baby boy, Sawyer Jacob, who weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. Both families told Jeanne Burkett, spokeswoman for the hospital, that they plan to celebrate their children’s birthdays each March 1.

Mary Washington Hospital had 12 leapling births yesterday, and Stafford Hospital had two.

Jennifer Scribner with her son Sawyer.

All of the new arrivals will be eligible for membership in the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, a birthday club for people born on February 29.  Almost 10,000 people from around the world are members of the society, according to its website. One other Fredericksburg-area resident is listed in the membership roster: John Covington, born in 1964.

Diane Grever and Josh Hernandez with their new daughter, Parker Grace.

A late addition: I just got off the phone with Diane Grever. She delivered her Leap Day baby, daughter Parker Grace, at Mary Washington early yesterday. Grever said she was scheduled for a Feb. 29 induction, but her labor started early. She was admitted to Mary Washington about 4 p.m. Tuesday, had the induction  and delivered Parker at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday.

“It was a piece of cake,” she said. “It was not that bad at all.”

Parker weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Her dad is Josh Hernandez. The family lives in Stafford County. Grever said they will celebrate all future birthdays for Parker on March 1.

“Josh’s whole family was born in February,” she said.  “She gets her own month.”