There is a back story here that must be shared: Adam and I got Caroline a baby doll for her 2nd Christmas. She was 19 months old and really into babies. We bought her the standard Target Circo baby doll. It is perfect. It doesn't "DO" anything - doesn't magically eat stuff, doesn't go potty. It's just a baby doll and it's the perfect squishiness. Well, Caroline could care less about it.
Adam and I did the same thing for Lucy at Lucy's 2nd Christmas. She was 17 months old. The Circo baby's dress had been updated, but it was still the same doll. Lucy loved her baby....and so did Caroline. The baby was named "Flower baby" by the girls. Lucy calls her "Flowler baby". Oh the fights. Oh. The. Fights. Every time I turned around Caroline had Lucy's "Flowler baby". I kept telling Caroline that she had a doll exactly like that with a different dress, but this did not satisfy her.
Finally, in the beginning of July it dawned on me that we could just by another baby doll exactly like Lucy's - with the same dress. The next time a fight popped up (the next day), I told Caroline she was welcome to buy a flower baby with her own money. And she jumped all over it!
So the following Sunday, we poured out her piggy bank.
And we put it all in her purse.
Of course we got to Target and they have now updated the Circo baby's clothing AGAIN. I braced myself for a meltdown. But Caroline found one that had a dress with a flower pattern - it was a different flower pattern, but she was happy.
And here we have a happy Little Mommy!
Problem Solved! NOT! Within 5 minutes of arriving home, Lucy was distraught that SHE didn't have a flower dress baby like Caroline. **Sigh** Lesson learned: From here on out, always buy 2 of every toy and make sure they are the exact same!
Side Note: Caroline's new flower dress baby is African American. I'm not quite sure when she noticed. For several weeks, I wasn't sure if she even knew. Then one day she and Lucy both took their respective flower dress babies in the car. Caroline began to sing a song. Somewhere in the words was
"Our skin is different colooooooors, but we are the same. Yeah we are the saaaaaammme!!!"
Love her <3 nbsp="">3>