Family Welcomes Third Leap Baby

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 11:24am

Three members of Utah family now share February 29th birthday.

Some see it as a curse; others as a gift.

Regardless, one Utah County family has seen the rare occurrence of a Leap Day birthday more than once.

The Orem couple tied a world record Wednesday, having not one, not two, but three of their children born on February 29.

Jade Estes was born Wednesday at 7:16 a.m., weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds and 13 ounces.

Mom, Louise Estes is thrilled to finally have a girl after four boys.

"Anything with a picture of dolls, pink, dresses - my boys kind of show me, 'Let's buy this,'" Louise said.

The odds of being born on a Leap Day are just one in 1,500, but the Estes' first, third, and now fifth child were all born on Leap days.

They like to have fun with being a special family, especially when it comes to birthdays.

"We're gonna try to get our oldest a car on his fourth birthday," Louise joked.

The Estes' say they didn't plan for their eldest child to be born on Leap Day in 2004, but by the time 2007 rolled around they wanted to try for it once more.

They admit they gave nature a little help for Jade this year: Wednesday wasn't her original due date.

"We did go over by five days, which was not easy, but it's all worth it," Louise said.

The only other family known to have had three children on Leap Day lives in Norway -- also two boys and a girl.

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