6 months ago, Quincy had never heard of American Girl. That has a lot to do with me, because up until a year ago, while I knew about American Girl, I wasn’t familiar at all with the brand. That’s likely because when American Girl debuted in 1986, I was moving away from dolls and onto boy bands and big hair. I wish I was kidding.
Thanks to some wonderful friends, I starting exploring American Girl. Last summer I visited the flagship store in Chicago (wow!) and received an American Girl Bitty Baby doll – My first American Girl doll! At the time, I put her aside for Quincy for Christmas. Quincy had other plans.
Right around the time Quincy started potty training last fall, we visited the Seattle area American Girl store with a friend. I knew the moment she walked inside I was hosed. Done for. There was no going back.
Quincy wanted a dolly. So we talked about it. And I told her if she learned to use the potty, a dolly (specifically the America Girl Bitty Baby I had stashed away) would come live at our house. And it worked. It took about a week of ups and downs but Quincy earned her doll.
Ever since then, she’s been in love. Quincy’s Bitty Baby looks “just like her” with fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. It’s soft and snuggly body is perfect for snuggles and play. I love that American Girl offers the perfect Bitty Baby for every little girl. It shows that they really care about little girls who want their dollies to look like them.
Then the catalogs started coming, and I knew I was in real trouble. Quincy was picking out dresses, accessories and you guessed it new dolls. Quincy and I talked about what dresses she might like, and lucky for us, American Girl generously sent one for her Bitty Baby. I of course, had to get the matching one for her.
The plan was (notice I said PLAN) to wait for Quincy to get her “big girl American Girl doll” for at least a year. She’s not quite 4, which is half the recommended age of 8 for their dolls. I was going to shoot for 5 years.
And then, on Monday, I got a very special press packet for the Girl of the Year doll. Isabelle. Who has pink highlights. Boom. So much for best laid plans. Quincy is in love. I am in love.
So I did what any reasonable mother would do. I messaged a friend and arranged an Isabelle playdate in the foreseeable future. Isn’t she adorable?
For now though, we’re enjoying our Bitty Baby story books and the iPad apps! But soon, very soon, Isabelle just might come to live at our house.