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Leap Year twins

Nancy Pease didn’t plan on having her twins on Feb. 29.

But during a routine checkup on Leap Day, her doctor said her unborn daughter was in distress, and she’d have to undergo a Caesarian. Before midnight.

The twins, Kenny and Johanna, were born eight weeks premature at 6:01 p.m. that day in 1996 at Sutter Memorial Hospital, in Sacramento, Pease said.



They’re officially turning three this year, the southern Nevada County mother added with a laugh.

Kenny is a sixth-grader at Magnolia Intermediate School, while Johanna attends a special county program at Seven Hills Middle School, in Nevada City. She has cerebral palsy.




“When they turned 8, we had a big birthday party for them,” Pease said. “What I do now every year is, I’ll have the boy’s party one day and the girl’s party on another day (on the weekend closest to Feb. 28). We also celebrate together (as a family) on Feb. 28.”

This year, however, the Peases aren’t hosting any parties, as Johanna is unwell and her father, Bob Pease, is out of town, Nancy Pease said.

“I bought the kids shirts saying ‘Leap Day boy’ and ‘Leap Day girl,'” Nancy Pease said. “My son will take cup cakes to school.”

Pease isn’t sure if her physically disadvantaged daughter understands the idea of Feb. 29 coming every four years, but she does comprehend the concept of her birthday.

“She tells me what she wants to do for her birthday,” Pease said.

But for Kenny, a birthday on Leap Day “is not that big of a difference,” he said, as he has a regular birthday party each year.

“But it’s kind of exciting that I’m having a real birthday,” he added.

Kenny and Johanna Pease are by no means the only Leap Babies in Nevada County. Local congressional candidate Ted Terbolizard is celebrating his 10th birthday today. He is hosting his no-cover birthday party cum campaign fundraiser Saturday at the Brass Rail Tavern in North San Juan starting at 9 p.m. with his band, the Chief Enablers.

According to a Web site dedicated to Leap Day babies (www.leapzine.com/hr), there are about 200,000 Leap Babies in the United States and about 4 million of them in the world. One of every 1,461 people is a Leap Baby.

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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