Moms with young babies are accustomed to the plethora of compliments their cute little bundle is bound to receive—be it “perfect,” “angel,” “precious,” “darling,” or “what a little doll!” So imagine the surprise of one New Jersey mom when a stranger thought her daughter literally was a baby doll.
Patricia Larkin took her 2-month-old daughter, Eliana Ivy, to a local Aldi market in Lacey Township when another shopper told the cashier that she believed Patricia’s baby was fake in an attempt to smuggle yogurts out of the store. By the time the cashier told Patricia about the bizarre accusation, her daughter was crying and fussing—clearly proving she was real. No Baby Alive doll could produce that level of realistic sounds.
Thankfully, Patricia saw the humor in this odd twist and was able to laugh about the hilarious incident. She posted it to a local Facebook group, Lacey Township Chatter, where her story went viral.
“1) My baby is 100% real. 2) Yogurts are like $.25 at Aldi. 3) I’m lactose intolerant and don’t consume any dairy at all.
“Thank you for the laugh, though. I really needed it because I was up all night tending to my (again, 100% real) baby. 🤣🤣🤣🤣” Patricia wrote.
Within an hour, the post had garnered more than 450 reactions and over 80 comments, most of them laughing along with the mom or affirming it as a compliment, that Eliana Ivy is truly adorable.
At the end of the day, we have to admit, Patricia’s adorable baby does look like a precious little baby doll. And this mama shows that sometimes parenting produces incidents that are stranger than fiction. A good rule of thumb is just to laugh about those incidents!