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Hospital welcomes many on rare day
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Jessica Statezni, left, helps daughter Lexi, right, take a closer look at newborn baby sister Hope on Thursday at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. - photo by Autumn Vetter

While many people probably wish they could have fewer birthdays, some actually do.

Those born on Leap Day, or Feb. 29, get to celebrate their true birthday just once every four years.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Women’s Center, which in 2011 had an average of six babies per day, welcomed eight little ones into the world Wednesday.

Among them was Hope Statezni, whose mother Jessica Statezni gave birth at the center at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday. Hope weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Jesssica Statezni wasn’t expecting her arrival on Leap Day.

“She wasn’t due until March 8,” she said, noting that her doctor wanted to induce labor a little before that date. “We choose Friday, March 2 as the date for induction.”

But Hope Statezni had different plans, as mom went into labor at the family’s home in Forsyth about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

She apparently wanted to share a birthday with her older sister, Bell, 12, who’s also a Leap Day baby.

Strangely enough, the Statezni’s middle daughter, 5-year-old Lexi, was born on March 1.

“If it had been a Leap Year when she was born, I’m sure she would have been on Leap Day too,” Jessica Statezni said.

Despite the uniqueness of their daughters’ birthdays, Jessica and husband Kurt say they usually just have regular birthday celebrations.

“One year we took a family vacation together that week, but usually we just do separate birthday parties for each of them,” said Jessica Statezni, adding that in non-Leap Years the family has celebrated Bell’s birthday on Feb. 28.

Things might be a little different in the Luzny household, just across the Forsyth County line in Sugar Hill.

Hailey and John Luzny welcomed their first child, Charlotte Allyson, into the world at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday night at the center.

“We hadn’t given any thought to the idea that she might be born on Leap Day,” Hailey Luzny said. “But I went in for a doctor’s visit on Wednesday and he said, ‘OK, let’s go check you in [to the Women’s Center].’ I really didn’t think I’d deliver in the same day.”

Hailey said Charlotte Allyson, who was born at 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long, will likely be “a little spoiled.”

“She’s the first one, so we have to make her birthday special,” she said.

“[Hailey’s] already decided we’ll celebrate her birthday two days for the first years of her life — on Feb. 28 and March 1,” added John Luzny.

Hailey Luzny said two birthday celebrations each year is a family tradition of sorts.

“My birthday is Dec. 12,” she said. “Since it’s so close to Christmas, my mom always threw a second birthday party for me in June to make me feel special.”

As far as future children, Hailey and John joked they may just “work their way through the calendar,” having babies on the various holidays.

“We’ll just have the next one on St. Patrick’s Day and then Easter,” John Luzny said.

Kurt Statezni said having all his daughters be born on or around Leap Day has one definite advantage.

“I’ll never forget any of their birthdays,” he said.