Leap Year baby turns 8.... although she is really 32!
Web designer Cheryl Laidlaw has every reason to be excited for her birthday this year – she will turn the grand age of eight.
The leap year baby will get a rare opportunity this year to celebrate her birthday on the date she was born, February 29.
Although she was actually born 32 years ago, her birth date only comes around once every four years and so she is forced to mark the occasion on an alternative day.
While some simply adopt February 28 or March 1 as their make-do birthday, Cheryl feels she only has a birthday once every four years.
“I really do feel like it’s not my birthday until February 29 comes around,” she said. “I genuinely feel like I am missing out on something.”
To make amends, the business owner, from Middlesex, marks the passing of another year with a whole week of celebrations.
But, this year, she looks forward to stacks of presents and cards fit for an eight-year-old.
She said: “Everyone knows I’m a leap year baby. It’s a real talking point. My friends always buy me cards and balloons with my birthday number on and I keep them all.
“Although my parents always marked my birthday on the 28th, it never feels like my birthday until the 29th comes along. I feel great when it is my actual birthday; it feels so different, I can’t explain it. On my fourth birthday – my first real birthday – a big fuss was made of me so I think that’s where it stems from.
“I spend the whole week celebrating any other year. People ask if it’s my birthday and I say ‘it is my birthday, but it’s not my birthday really’. I get a lot of blank looks.
“I’m really excited it’s a leap year and will be planning lots of parties to celebrate.”
But it’s not all fun and games having a unique birth date.
“Filling in online forms can be a problem. If I type in my date of birth as February 29, I sometimes get a response saying it’s note a valid date. I’ve even had arg