St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon welcomes Leap Day babies
As far as easy-to-remember birthdays, Laurel Rose Rudd’s is right up there: Dec. 12, 2012.
Yes, that’s 12-12-12.
Her little brother has joined the club: Feb. 29, 2016.
Yes, his birthday will come just once every four years.
Their dad, Justin Rudd, held Laurel Rose up Monday so she could see through the glass in St. Clair Hospital’s family birth center, getting her first look at Joseph Miller Rudd.
The brand-new Upper St. Clair resident was one of four Leap Day babies getting acclimated to their new surroundings in midafternoon at the Mt. Lebanon hospital. Joining him were Tristan Swanson, Nowahh Johnson and a yet-to-be-named boy whose surname is Jackson.
“They can celebrate their birthday, I guess, any day they want to, right? Feb. 28, March 1, then Feb. 29 when it comes along,” Linda McIntyre, St. Clair director of women and children’s services, said. “I think the parents are very excited. It’s a unique time for them and their babies.”
Anthony Johnson joined Tashia Lawrence to greet new son Nowahh.
“It’s very different. His birthday is going to be celebrated two different days. We’ll take turns every year, until his birthday actually comes up,” Johnson said.
For Leap Day babies, the math can become creative.
“Some of them say they’re one year old when they’re four. Or maybe that’s a little better when they hit about 50 or so and can cut their age back,” McIntyre said.
What’s really important at this point, though, is how everyone was doing as of Feb. 29, 2016.
“They’re all wonderful,” McIntyre reported. “Healthy, happy babies and their parents.”