Baton Rouge mother, daughter celebrate Leap Day birthdays together

Baton Rouge mother, daughter celebrate Leap Day birthday together

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Once every four years, a small group of people get to celebrate their birthday. This year, like every other leap year, two people in Baton Rouge will celebrate with each other.

Both Brandie Amato and Maria Troxler were born on Leap Day. Amato is 10 and Troxler 17, in leap years.

“She’s a total teenager, always dramatic,” Amato said of Troxler.

Amato and Troxler are unique in the sense that not many people share their birthday. In fact, there’s only a 1 in 1,400 shot of being born on Leap Day.

“It’s always my interesting fact about myself and my family,” Amato said.

If those were not already steep odds, the fact Troxler is Amato’s mother makes those odds even more crazy. The odds of a mother having a child sharing the same birthday on Leap Day is 1 in 2.1 million.

Maria Troxler (left) and Brandie Amato (right) were both born on a leap year, but there's a kicker: Troxler is Amato’s mother.
Maria Troxler (left) and Brandie Amato (right) were both born on a leap year, but there's a kicker: Troxler is Amato’s mother. (Source: Brandie Amato)

“Did not dawn on me until the doctor pulled her out and said, ‘Oh, congratulations, you have this beautiful baby girl and she’s born on the same day you were born,’” Troxler said. “A leap year baby.”

If that’s not crazy enough, it was almost three generations of family members with their birthday on Leap Day. Troxler’s mom, Amato’s grandmother, was born March 1, just nearly missing their birthday.

"In the Guinness Book of World Records, three generations born on leap year was the record, so if I have a baby born on a leap year or if my grandmother had been born on leap year instead of March 1, we would already be tied,” Amato said.

Amato says she never tried to have one of her children on Leap Day, and now that she’s 40, the odds of it being continued to the third generation are unlikely.

“I guess I could technically try one more time, but no,” she said.

For the mother and daughter though, this one day is special enough already.

"I guess this was planned,” Troxler said. “God planned because how do you plan a leap year baby?”

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