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Switched at Birth? 10 Reasons I’m Starting to Suspect My Toddler Might Not Actually be Mine

By Meredith Carroll |

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Who are you, again?

Of course I was in the delivery room when my younger daughter Peony was born, but it’s not as if I pulled her out of my vagina à la Kourtney Kardashian. I had a C-section and there was a curtain separating my head from everything below it, so before I even could get a glimpse of her tiny face, they whisked her away to wrap a blanket around her, stick a hat on her head, or clean the gunk out of her ears, or something.

It’s because of the fact that I didn’t actually see her the moment she was born, plus a few other reasons, that I’m seriously starting to question whether she’s really my daughter or if she got inadvertently switched with some other baby on the morning of her birth.

Here are 10 of the main reasons I’m starting to suspect my younger daughter might not actually be mine:

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Switched at Birth? Hey, It Happens.

She refuses to eat chocolate

This isn’t a humble brag, like, “Oooh, my child shuns anything non-organic and chooses a meat-, dairy- and gluten-free lifestyle because she’s so principled.”
No, I actually find it troubling that I gave her a bite of a brownie the other night, she chewed it for a second, took it out of her mouth, put it on her high chair, and then picked it back up and threw it on the floor. Then she found a stray pea in the folds of her thigh and ate it.
It’s like I don’t even know who she is anymore.

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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