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Dalton couple welcome Leap Day baby

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) -- The chances of being born on Leap Day are just one in 1,500.

Despite those odds, more than 10,000 babies are expected to come into the world February 29, one of them in northwest Georgia.

"It's a unique day, not everybody has it," says new mom, Andree Robertson. "You can celebrate even bigger every four years."

"Well it saves us money on birthdays," new dad, Jonathan McCuiston says.

Meet Chloe Brielle, who at six pounds, 15 ounces is as healthy as can be.

She doesn't know it yet, but she's already standing out from her four siblings, representing the one out of 1,500 as a Leap Day baby.

So the challenge now is picking next year's birthday, February 28, or March 1st.

"I'm thinking the 28th, but it's not official yet," Jonathan says. "Our other son is the 27th, so we can knock out both at the same time."

"I'm thinking the 1st," says his wife, Andree.

"Let's be honest, it's whatever she says," admits Jonathan.

Just up the street from Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, where Chloe was born, Wallace Hall is celebrating his 76th birthday, or 19th if you ask him.

Wallace offers a little advice, saying don't pick the same day every year.

"I trick them," he says. "Like, ‘what happened, where were you', to the ones that didn't come yesterday. Then they come back tomorrow. I double it and get both days."

Wallace jokingly says he always thought something was wrong with him.

But coming from a guy who was married 53 years ago on Friday the 13th, and has fathered four sets of twins, nothing ever seems out of the norm.

Back at Hamilton Medical Center, John and Andree laugh at Wallace's jokes, as they embrace every moment with their long shot baby girl.

"We've got our whole life together to look forward to," Jonathan says. "That's really what the blessing is."

Why do we have the leap year? First, it takes 365 and one quarter days for the Earth to go around the sun.

So, essentially every four years, those quarter days are cashed in for one full day.

That's today, February 29.

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