While some parents want to steer clear of having a baby born on Feb. 29, Leap Day, Vasiliki Lazos-Petrides said she and her husband thought "that would be awesome if that happened."
Lazos-Petrides, 33, a physical therapist, said her husband has been pondering the financial benefits of having to throw a birthday party only once every four years, but in reality the couple, from Astoria, Queens, expects to celebrate Demetrios' birthday annually on Feb. 28 -- at least until the next Leap Year rolls around.
It's "a rare date and comes around once every four years," she said, and "for someone to be born on that day is special."
Alexandros Petrides, 36, who runs a small information technology business, said he announced the arrival of their firstborn by texting friends and family that Demetrios weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces, "standing tall" at 21 inches. He later sent out an addendum text, pointing out that their son was born on Leap Day.
Demetrios joins some 10,500 babies that the U.S. Census Bureau estimated would be born nationwide on Feb. 29, 2012.
In most cases, parents prefer to avoid Feb. 29 as their child's birth date, assuming there is an option for elective C-sections or induced labor, said Dr. Victor R. Klein, an obstetrician and specialist in high-risk pregnancies at North Shore University Hospital.
That way they avoid the question of which day to celebrate most birthdays, Feb. 28 or March 1, he said.
Days that are in even more disfavor for children's birthdays: April 1, Friday the 13th, and Super Bowl Sunday.