Back in December, Mommy and I proactively bought your main birthday gift. We picked Willa, the American Girl doll, as she seemed to best match your complexion and personality.
After months of living in a closet, Willa finally got to meet you this week for your 1st birthday!
I will never forget your reaction to realizing what was in that box, as you were tearing off the wrapping paper. Once you saw her face smiling through the plastic window, you literally jumped out of Mommy’s arms and scurried on top of the box.
Mommy picked you up and lifted the box up so you get a better look. Your eyes opened wider than I’ve ever seen before. It was a crazed, and hysterical, look you had.
You were immediately fanatical, as if to say, “Hey, how do I help her get out of there?!”
I must say, I saw a side of you I had never seen before. It was as if a new part of your personality became unlocked.
Granted, you authentically loved the Guardians of the Galaxy raccoon I had gotten you just a few days before; which is marketed more as a boy’s toy. You naturally can appreciate a toy that is not specifically a “girl’s toy”, which is also evidenced by your fascination with your brother’s Monster Jam monster truck he lets you play with each morning before school, as I’m packing everything in my car.
However, it was very obvious that as a sweet little girl, you instinctively were connected to Willa, the American Girl doll.
It was a thrill for me to see you that way. I am just so happy I get to watch my little girl grow up.
I guess you’re starting the American Girl doll obsession early.