For one dad and daughter duo, it really is like father, like daughter.
Being a Leaper, someone born on February 29, is already a rarity as is. Because February 29 occurs on the calendar only every four years, odds of being born on a leap day are just 1 in 1,461. So what’s more rare and exciting than having a birthday that lands on a Leap Year? Having two family members born on one. Enter Ivan Peñaloza, 32, and his newborn daughter Camila Peñaloza.
The father and daughter share the rare coincidence of being born on February 29th.
Camila Peñaloza was born at Mercy San Juan Medical Center the day of what is technically her father’s eighth birthday. While the likelihood of being born on February 29th is just 1 in 1,461, the chances of having a double birthday is a chance of only one in two million double birthday.
In a statement through the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Ivan Peñaloza said that he counted the coincidence as a blessing.
To celebrate her special birthday, the staff at the hospital gave Camila a leapfrog outfit and sang happy birthday to her and her father.
“Having a child is such a special experience already but it has been that much more magical,” Jennifer Rebollar Cortez, mother to Camila, also said in a statement.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to share in this special, life-changing moment with this family. Our heartfelt congratulations and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness with their new bundle of joy,” Michael Korpiel, the president of the Mercy San Juan Medical Center, said in a statement.
I think it’s safe to say that during this strange time of quarantine, that we can definitely count parents among the heroes.
Stay at home orders and efforts to keep children at home, have caused parents to have to reevaluate their daily schedules. Now, so many parents are working double time to give their students the attention and education that they truly need.
A Pennsylvania mom recently highlighted the chaos of this new reality after showing what happened when she let her children play with toys after they’d finished their school work.
In a post shared on her Facebook Lisa Hoelzle shared a nightmarish experience of having to detangle her daughter Abigail’s hair after her son Noah dumped her into a hairy situation.
I post the good …. well here is some of the bad ☹️☹️☹️
Friday at 4pm until Saturday at 10pm was my worst Mom…
Hoelzle’s children are both 6 years old and like most kids in the United States right now, staying at home and doing virtual school. After finishing their school day, Noah and Abigail headed down to their basement to play with Bunchems, a toy that includes tiny Velcro-like balls that stick together.
It didn’t take long for sweet Noah, who Hoelzle describes in her post as a “jokester,” to dump a full container of the Bunchems on his sister’s head. Little did he know he’d just launched his sister into a mother’s “worst Mom nightmare.”
“I think I had an out-of-body experience,” Hoelzle wrote of the moment she saw her daughter’s hair. “She had about 150 of these things layered and matted in her hair. They made it worse trying to remove them themselves because they connect together kinda like Velcro.”
Speaking about her initial plan of action Hoelzle, said that it took around three hours to remove fifteen of the Bunchems. When her husband, Dan, arrived home the two Google their next approach and only then realized “the severity of what we were up against. It suggested using conditioner and vegetable oil to loosen it but that made it worse and so messy. He got out about 10 more Before you knew, it was 1 am and Abigail could not keep her eyes open I slept with her head on me so they wouldn’t get more tangled. Not that I really could sleep.”
When it came to cutting her losses and, cutting her daughter’s hair Hoelzle said she just couldn’t do it. “If we cut them out because of how deep they were she would have winded up with a short pixie cut,” she explained. “It crushed my heart and I just couldn’t in my heart give up without trying my best to get them out. I am that Mom that has a bow to match each outfit! Haha”
The next day, Lisa went back to work, this time armed with mineral oil and a detangling comb.
“There was also a lot of tears (mine)” Hoelzle joked. “Abigail consoled me and Noah because he felt awful what he did. Abigail was surprisingly amazing about it !! She is usually the child that acts like you are killing her when I brush her hair! When she started to wine about it my Mom brought in a Lollipop and stuck it in her mouth! Lol. Hey, you got to do what you got to do! It was such a long day. I never watched so much kids U tube to entertain her but after 20 hours total after pulling and working them out of her head and lots of hair loss I got them all out. Followed by an hour or more in the bath tub with conditioner and combing out the knots.”
“I feel like we had a miracle with all of our prayers,” Hoelzl added. “We saved her hair and although it is thinner it wasn’t as damaged and ruined as I thought so Thank you God!!!” she wrote.
While Hoelzle says her fingers are “literally swollen” from the experience she is thankful to be done with the “awful situation.”
She is now set on getting the word out about Bunchems and the severe consequences the toys can have.
“This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend,” she said before asking her friends to spread the word. “Trash you Bunchems if you have them or if you love them where a shower caps when playing with a sibling! Lol. This will be something we will never forget very traumatic experience in the Hoelzle household this weekend. I kept trying to think we have our health it [could] be worse but boy oh boy what a sickening feeling!”
Bunchems are still available to purchase but they were discontinued last year, likely for this reason.
According to New York Post, spokesperson for Spin Master, the company behind Bunchems said that they “quickly developed instructional videos for our YouTube channel and websites as a way to proactively educate people on how to play with the product and how to remove Bunchems from hair if they do get tangled.”
COVID-19 has completely changed practically everyone’s way of living. But post-pandemic life has become especially challenging for parents, who are now forced to be stuck inside with their children for hours on end.
Between assisting your kids with distance learning and struggling to find your own “me time”, many parents feel as if their world has been turned upside down.
Recently, news watchers in Southern California caught a glimpse into the new era of COVID parenting when meteorologist Lisa Lopez’s toddler interrupted her live broadcast.
Los Angeles-based KABC meteorologist Leslie Lopez was reporting the weather as usual when she was visited by an unexpected guest. As she spoke about an incoming storm, her 9-month-old son, Nolan, entered the frame.
Slightly startled, Lopez giggled for a moment and said, “Looks like there’s a baby down below,” before bending over and picking him up. Then, like the rockstar that she is, she continued her report.
“He walks now, guys, so I’ve lost all control,” she quipped before ending the segment.
The public’s reaction to the adorable interruption was incredibly positive.
Wow! What an amazing response about this all-too-real moment that so many of us face right now, trying to work from home while also being there for our families. Thank you @abc7leslielopez for making us all smile ❤️ You are awesome!https://t.co/gvXLLf2ryr
No one was annoyed that their weather report was interrupted. On the contrary, so many people felt like the clip made them feel less alone.
“Agree that this is always fun to see—we are all dealing with this and it makes one feel good—it’s real,” said one woman on Twitter. “It’s awesome. Never feel bad because we all inside are feeling joy as we can relate.”
Others commented on how the video perfectly illustrated how modern women have become adept at multitasking. “It was not just a moment of heartwarming love, but a moment of the strength of women!” said another Twitter user. “It just shows how easily women can be full of love and do their job at the same time!”
Later, KABC did a special report on the happy mistake to see what Lopez herself thought of the surprising public reaction.
“We received so many comments from viewers thanking her for showing what the reality is right now for so many people working with kids at home,” said fellow reporter Jovana Lara. “It is not easy.”