Parents leap for joy


Jimmy Cangy, of Ellenbrook, with son Spencer James.
Picture: David Baylis        d449887
Jimmy Cangy, of Ellenbrook, with son Spencer James. Picture: David Baylis        d449887

One of six leap year babies born at St John of God Midland Hospital on February 29, Spencer arrived 17 days earlier than expected.

Mr Cangy said his and wife Meagan’s son weighed 3.2kg and was 47cm long when he was born about 1.35pm last Monday, and had been due on March 17.

“We were not expecting February 29 at all – of all the dates that we could pick, the 29th was not one of them,” he said.

“We are really happy and very excited – it’s one addition to our beautiful family.

“He is doing wonderfully – a very quiet baby; very settled.”

With Ruby’s birthday on March 2 and his on March 14, Mr Cangy said this month was busy for birthdays in the family, but they would add Spencer’s celebrations to the mix in future.

“We were thinking March 1, the first being the day after the 29th, and every fourth year, do something really special, a big celebration,” he said.

Although their baby was due on March 3, Beechboro couple Lalji and Dhanvantiben Halai expected him to arrive early.

The boy, who they will name on Saturday, was born weighing 2.59kg and measuring 50.5cm about 9.22am on February 29. “It’s a lucky date,” his father said.

With the leap year date only every four years, Mr Halai said they had not yet thought about when they would celebrate their first child’s future birthdays.