Parents face decision on Leap Day baby's birthday
Carrie Dill-Walenga holds her newborn Leap Day baby, Payton Walenga, on Wednesday as she is joined by her husband, Nate Walenga, inside St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka. South Bend tribune/ROBERT FRANKLIN
Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.
But with the special day, comes an added responsibility for parents.
They don't just have to decide on a name, but a celebration date as
Courtney Minder hasn't decided yet when or how her family will
celebrate the birth of its newest member, Mark Allen Minder, who
arrived at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday.
"We'll wait to decide until next year when it comes around," the
Mishawaka mother said.
She explains, "My whole pregnancy I thought it would be cool to have
him on the 29th. Then, it got closer and decided I don't want him on
The reason, she said, was that everyone was telling her that she had
to pick his birthday -- Feb. 28 or March 1.
"How do you pick your own kid's birthday?" she asked, saying that
she's not even sure how she's going to explain it to him.
She's already tried explaining it to his siblings, Shyanne, 3, and Ashton, 5.
"It was hard for (Ashton) to understand why (Mark) wouldn't have a