Over the past few weeks, Munchkin’s features have become increasingly prominent. One of those features, of course, is his eyes. Every new parent wonders, “What color will my child’s eyes be?” And it’s a natural question to ask, since infant’s eyes can change up to 9 months of age. But, Munchkin’s eyes are already different than most babies – eye color wonder aside. You see, although most newborns experience a dramatic change in color (most commonly born with blue eyes that change to a brighter blue, deep brown, or anything in between), almost all newborns experience this change simultaneously.
But not Munchkin.
Munchkin has two distinctly different eye colors.
Most people look at Munchkin and don’t notice his eyes. They attribute any difference to the lighting or reflection from overhead lights. But, I see Munchkin every day. And for the past five weeks, his eyes have been different colors. One brown, one blue.
Of all the people I’ve spoken to, no one has experienced this in a newborn (well, one infant had Horner’s Syndrome, but I don’t think Munchkin has that). Having two different eye colors, due to illness or not, is extremely rare. In fact, if Munchkin’s eyes do indeed stay two different colors, then he is a genetic chimera.
Some may know what a chimera is from Greek mythology. For those of you who don’t, a quick lesson: the Chimera is a fire-breathing monster made up of the parts of three animals: a lion, a snake, and a goat. You can Wikipedia it here, but for the sake of this post, that’s enough information.
Basically, in the case of Munchkin, if he were to be a genetic chimera, then he is two people in one. Yes, you read that correctly. Munchkin would be the merging of two nonidentical twins. You can read more about that here, or in this great article, “Chimeras: Two People in One Body, Not Just Science Fiction Anymore“. Oh, and if you want to know how rare human chimeras are, it was difficult for me to find results. The only source with any sort of “data” was ChaCha, and I don’t know where ChaCha found it, but according to ChaCha, only 35 people in the United States are reported to be chimeras. Freaky.