Meet Izzy: one of Dayton’s first lucky Leap Day babies

“Izzy” Dixon arrived just in time to secure her title as a lucky Leap Day baby.

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At 12:05 a.m. Sat., Feb. 29, a date that only rolls around once every four years, mom and dad, Kayla and Carson Dixon, welcomed Isabella into the world at Southview Medical Center on Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. Arriving three weeks early and at 7 lbs., 3 ozs., Izzy and mom were both healthy.

“I can start saying I did not want a Leap Day baby at all,” Kayla said. “My family celebrates birthdays really big, so I was thinking like — what day do you pick?”

Carson said after some thought, the first-time parents think they have a pretty good Leap Day birthday strategy.

As a sleepy baby Izzy snoozed in mom’s arms in the hospital room, her parents said her birthday will be celebrated every Feb. 28. A “super” birthday party will be planned whenever Izzy’s true birthday rolls around.

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“We picked the 28 because one of the nurses here said she knew someone who was born on a Leap Year,” Carson said. “Their philosophy was, celebrate in February because they were born in February. We thought that made a lot of sense.”

As of about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Elizabeth Long, Kettering Health Network’s media relations manager said about four Leap Day babies had been born so far, with more arrivals on the way.

Although the hospital could not say for sure if Izzy was officially the first Leap Day baby in the Miami Valley, Long pointed out that the first Dayton baby of the new year, Lily Rose Ayers, was similarly born minutes after midnight on Jan. 1.

So while people were out spending their bonus day as they wished, Izzy had a succesful first day surrounded by mom, dad and excited loved ones.

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