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Fairfield Woman Tells Tales Of Being A Leap Year Baby

Fairfield resident Geri Pry is a Leap Year "baby."
Fairfield resident Geri Pry is a Leap Year "baby." Photo Credit: Submitted

FAIRFIELD, Conn -- Fairfield resident Geri Pry has some fun stories about being a Leap Year baby.

One is the fact that her birthdate of Feb. 29 is simply a great conversation starter.

"People will hesitate a second and they say something like, 'Wow, how old are you anyway?" she said. "A guy at the CVS pharmacy said to me last week, 'What are you 18 or something?' I said 'Thanks a lot; that would make me 72!' He said he was never good at math."

Her favorite story is the one about when she was born. She was her parent’s first baby and was a couple of weeks late.

"My mom went into the hospital on Feb. 28 and back then mothers were put to sleep during labor so when my mother woke her first question was what day is it?" she said. "When the doctor told her the 29th she said oh -- insert swear word -- and went back to sleep."

Pry, who works as an art director in Stamford, said she was the first baby born on leap year in the state of New York and local reporters wanted to interview her mother. But the hospital -- Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, N.Y. -- wouldn't let them in.

"So, my 15 minutes of fame was the minute I was born and I never got recognized for it!" she said.

"The doctor also said to my mother, 'When she’s 40 she’ll love you.' When I turned 40, I said to my mother, 'Mom, I love you, but 40 is 40.'"

Pry, who usually opts for Feb. 28 as her celebratory day, will have her birthday festivities on Monday, Feb. 29.

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