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Couple beats astronomical odds with second baby born on Leap Day

(CNN)It’s rare to have one child born on a Leap Day. But two?

Lindsay first gave birth to their son Omri on February 29, 2016. Their daughter Scout joined the family last weekend. Her birth date: February 29, 2020.
“Deep down I wanted it to happen and always joked with my wife that she will be born then too, but never really believed it [would] happen again,” Dane told CNN. “I think they said the odds were 1 in 2 million.

Beating the odds

The couple wasn’t expecting their daughter to arrive early.
In fact, doctors said her due date was on March 4. But baby Scout was ready to celebrate her birthday with her big brother.
The family had just set up decorations for Omri’s birthday party when Lindsay started having contractions early in the morning. “No way on Leap Day, again,” Dane said.
Lindsay gave birth to a 7 pound 2-ounce Scout that same day — February 29.
As for when they will celebrate their two kids’ birthdays, the family isn’t worried about it. They have it all figured out.
The couple plans on celebrating Omri’s birthday on the 28, since he’s older and Scout’s on March 1. And every four years on Leap Day, the siblings will have a giant celebration together.
“Hopefully it becomes a tradition that carries on with them as they grow old and something that keeps them close forever,” Dane said.
The kids aren’t the only two who have birthdays in February. Lindsay’s is on February 26 and her mother’s is on February 28.
If you throw Valentine’s Day in the mix, it’s going to be a busy month for the Demchaks.
Dane gives all the praise to his wife, who he said has been amazing through it all. With the two kids, it’s a good thing they run a family-owned online coffee roasting company.
They’re going to need the extra caffeine.

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A boy and his 3 cousins went missing after a blizzard in rural Alaska. They dug a hole to survive

(CNN)A 7-year-old Alaska boy who went missing with his cousins after a blizzard said they survived by digging a hole to sleep.

From his hospital bed at the Alaska Native Medical Center, Ethan recounted how he and his cousins tried to survive. Ethan’s mother said the boys’ focus was on protecting Trey.
“First, we were trying to find a way home, and we got cold,” Ethan told CNN affiliate KTVA last week.
“We were trying to dig a hole” and they slept there, he said from the hospital, where he was being treated for frostbite on his fingers.
Irene Camille said Christopher wanted to hold the 2-year-old in the hole. So, Ethan moved to the doorway to make room for the toddler. She said the cousins tried to “protect the baby till the end.”
“They sacrificed their health, their everything” to make sure Trey would survive, she said.
The four were appropriately dressed but there was still reason for concern, officials said.
Ethan’s mother recalled “people hollering and screaming and clapping” after their rescue.
Christopher was being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center. His brother, Frank, and Trey are back at home, KTVA said.
“They’re my babies. I don’t ever want anybody to go through what they did,” Irene Camille told the station.
She said she woke up a few times one night to stare at Ethan to “make sure he was really there.”
Ethan sat upright in his bed at the Anchorage hospital. A teddy bear and an Iron Man action figure were in front of him.
He wrapped his bandaged hands around a jet, flying it from some imaginary place, landing the aircraft on his forehead.
Correction: A previous headline mischaracterized how the children were related. Three of them are siblings; one is their cousin.

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