Yesterday, I took Lorelai shopping for her first baby doll. She has dolls, but they're all of the all-soft, made-for-babies variety, and she's been showing a lot of interest in those and in other kids' baby dolls (and in real babies) lately, so I thought it was time for an upgrade.
I never thought I would get such a kick out of doll shopping. I never played with dolls as a kid -- I had a Cabbage Patch Kid, but I usually preferred stuffed animals for snuggling and My Little Ponies for playing -- and had never really planned to encourage it in my daughter, but since she's shown the interest, I'm on board.
It's the first time I've ever really gone toy shopping for her. Usually when I buy her toys, they're consignment finds or small impulse buys. All the big planned purchases have been made by grandparents. Which is great! I'm certainly not complaining! But it was fun to take her to Target and see how excited she got at all "the babies!!!" in the doll aisle, and to let her help pick out her own baby. There were a lot of accessories I didn't get -- a doll-sized pack 'n play, a diaper bag set -- that I'm really tempted to go back for because I just think she will get such a kick out of them.
I never expected to have a daughter who was into dolls, but I tell you what. Watching Lorelai carry around her baby and give her kisses? Is pretty much my favorite thing ever right now.