The same instant the ultrasound technician announced "girl", I knew this was coming. Sure as the labor a few months later, I knew I'd end up here a few years later.
Of course, I resisted. What can I say? Of course, I understand the whole overpriced thing and the whole "it's just a doll" thing and the whole "Target has similar ones for twenty bucks" thing. I get it. And yet, we got Julie. I like to think my mother, who passed away many years ago, bought this doll for Anna. She would have loved doing that for her granddaughter. So, in my mind, she did. She was whispering in my ear to go ahead and give the girl a special gift from her grandmother.
And look at all the pretty little American girls and their pretty little American Girl dolls.
And Julie has been lovingly received by her dolly mommy.
Girls, American and otherwise, rock.