Hacienda Heights couple welcomes first Leap Year baby


A baby born at 12:33 a.m. Wednesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital was the unofficial first bundle of joy in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas to arrive on Leap Day.

Don and and Monica Volmer of Hacienda Heights welcomed Ryan Donald Volmer in the Ruth B. Shannon Maternity Care Center on a day that comes around only every four years.

He “leaped” into his parents’ life weighing 6 lbs., 5.7 ounces and 19 inches.

“We were surprised,” said the proud dad of the Feb. 29 birth, even though he had joked it would happen.

“We’ll just go with it and celebrate on the weekend near his birthday,” Don Volmer said about when they would celebrate Ryan’s birthday. “But on his fourth birthday, we’re definitely having a big party!”

Ryan is the second child for the couple. They have another son, 10-month-old Michael Roy Volmer, who was also born at PIH.

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