I initially thought of calling this post "Welcome to our Family, Baby Stella." But it's late and I sadly could not come up with anything funny or witty much past that. So I figured "Charlotte's New Doll" was much easier to work with.
For no particular reason, I woke up one morning a few weeks ago determined to find Charlotte a baby doll. I'm still not quite sure how we made it this long without one. But I felt like it was time. So, one day after work, I dropped by the Navy Exchange toy section to see what I could find. As I'm standing there looking at the wall of baby dolls (which apparently all cry and poop), I think to myself, "um...where are the yellow babies?"
I went to Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us...and nothing seemed to fit the bill. Toys R Us did have Asian-looking dolls but they just scared me. I wanted something simple, plush, and that didn't talk when you walked by it. After a bit of searching online, I ordered Baby Stella (with black hair) by Manhattan Toys.
I must admit, I'm happily surprised and how well Charlotte and baby Stella are getting along. Fingers crossed that they have a long and beautiful friendship. :)
Here are some photos of Charlotte reading baby Stella The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
And I think this is my favorite. I said to Charlotte, "SMILE!" This is the face I got. I think she looks slightly Klingon. :)