Bonnie, Bob and newborn Isla Bell.
Bonnie, Bob and newborn Isla Bell. Jenna Cairney

A special leap year delivery

LEAP year newborn Isla Bell won't have to worry about missing birthday fun every year if dad Bob has anything to do with it.

Instead of having one birthday every four years, Bob said she could have two birthdays every non-leap year, on February 28 and March 1.

Isla entered the world at 4.11pm on Wednesday, where thrilled first-time Killarney parents Bonnie and Bob couldn't wait to get a squeeze.

She was something of a miracle baby, conceived naturally after the couple's first round of IVF. At an impressive 4025 grams, Isla was delivered by C-section after a 16-hour labour.

Despite Isla arriving a week late and mixed due date premonitions, her loving parents were long-convinced she would be born on this leap year's February 29.

"Our first date was February 27," Bob told the Daily News.

"Even when they changed that to February 22, we were still sure she would be born on February 29.

"People have been saying to us, 'she'll only get a birthday every four years'.

"But we just say, she'll have two birthdays every year apart from the leap year - at least no one will forget her birthday."

As for choosing a name for their new treasure, Bonnie said they just kept going through names until they found one they liked.


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