Leap Day

Born on Feb. 29 four years ago, Brantley Maynard celebrates any kind of birthday

Photo submitted to Times Observer Brantley Maynard, uh, age 1 and 4, is excited to celebrate any kind of birthday. If he goes by Leap Day, he is dreaming of Disney World for years from now for Leap Daty number 2. On page D-1, Bill Spoon, who used to work in Warren, was born on Feb. 29, 1936, in Kane.

On this day, four years ago, many babies made their entrance into the world.

Today, local leap-year baby Brantley Maynard celebrates what is technically his first birthday.

With an early March due date back in 2016, Brantley made an appearance five days before his mother Colleena’s scheduled C-section.

According to Brantley’s father, Kurtis Maynard, Brantley doesn’t yet quite understand what being a leap-year baby means, but “he’s just excited to celebrate every year.”

Every non-leap year the family celebrates Brantley’s birthday as if he were born on February 28th, which is actually just as sentimental to them.

Had Brantley been born a day earlier on the 28th, he would have shared his birthday with his late great-grandfather.

I guess you could say that truly makes him one-of-a-kind.

“It’s never a dull moment” with Brantley around, according to his grandmother, Joyce Strickland, “He loves to talk and always wants to be on the playground.”

The family celebrated early this year, of course, by having a construction-themed party for his official “first” birthday.

His grandmother says that he loves trucks and building things, but his likes and favorites change all the time, always keeping the family on their toes.

“He has no fear,” said his grandmother when talking about his adventures with his older brother, Braxton.

When asked what his plan was for his “second” birthday, Brantley said he has bigger ideas. He and his brother have big dreams to travel to Walt Disney World to celebrate.

Happy first and fourth birthday, Brantley!


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