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Seven-year-old looks forward to second birthday
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Piper Watson, 7, will experience her second Leap Day birthday on Feb. 29. She has one older sister and one who’s younger, but Piper teases them by saying she’s actually the baby of the family since she’ll only be 2 this year.

Editor’s Note: With 2020 being a leap year, the Standard will be featuring people born on Feb. 29 leading up to Leap Day.


Piper Watson, 7, is another Leapling in Warren County. The odds of being born on a Leap Day are one in 1,461. Piper is the child of John and Erica Watson, and is the middle sister of Addisyn Watson, 9, and Devin Watson, 4. 

Piper jokes she is the real baby of the family since she’s only had two actual birthdays resulting in her technically being 2 years old. 

Q: When were you born?

A: Feb. 29, 2012

Q: How do you feel about being a Leap Day baby?

A: I feel young, and it makes me feel really special. 

Q: How do you feel about being one of the only 187,000 Leapers in the U.S.? 

A: I think it makes me pretty unique.

Q: When do you celebrate your birthday on non-Leap Years?  

A: My family and I celebrate on the 28th. This year we’re having a big party for my second real birthday. I love swimming so the party on Saturday will be held at the indoor pool in Manchester. Swimming is one of my favorite things to do so I’m really excited. The party will have a dinosaur theme, and a lot of my friends are going to come. I’m really hoping to get a mermaid fin as my present.

Q: How many years has your actual birthday on a Leap Year occurred?

A: One, but this will be my second.

Q: How did your parents feel regarding you being born on Leap Day? 

A: Piper’s mom, Erica, says she and her husband feel like Piper’s really unique and special. “We look forward to her Leap Day birthdays, and always try to make them as special as Piper is,” says Erica. “We were surprised she was a Leap Year baby. At first, we were kind of nervous since we didn’t know how she would feel about not having a real birthday every year, but it’s been a lot of fun and something we look forward to.”