Loyal readers (all 6 of you!) know that Sydney got an American Girl doll for her 5th birthday. What you don’t know, but should, is that my daughter has some sort of freakishly fabulous memory that nearly ruined the day she got her American Girl doll.
Let me explain.
Back in October, my husband and I decided to purchase the AG doll for Sydney’s birthday in December. My mom, who was visiting for Halloween, wanted to order some clothes for the doll. So she, Sydney, and I took some time surfing the web looking at all the AG clothes.
There are the true AG clothes from their website, where outfits run $24-$36. Then there are gobs of Etsy, ebay and other like-minded folks having fun making and selling hand-made AG doll clothes. And they’re cute! We seriously looked at a million sites and about a trillion outfits. Sydney wanted everything she saw. My mom and I made the executive decision that rather than buy her 1 or 2 *genuine* AG outfits, my mom would buy her 5 outfits from one of the independent, hand-made doll clothes makers out there. Think local, right? Made in the USA and all that jazz! 5 outfits rather than 1! Woo hoo!
WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
Sydney joyously opened her AG doll on her birthday a couple weeks ago. She was so excited! Then she opened the 5 outfits my mom had sent as birthday presents. Here they are:
After Sydney pulled out the final outfit, she looked at me frowning and said, “You forgot the ice skating outfit!” Then she BURST. INTO. TEARS.
WHAAAAT? What ice skating outfit?
The black one. From the AG website. You know, one of the 42,387 outfits she had said that she wanted.
Sigh. Who wants to see their kid cry on their birthday? I hatched Crazy Mom Plan #1. “Santa will bring it!” I told her.
Uh, WRONG. WRONG. WRONG.
I checked the AG website. The black ice skating outfit was on backorder until January.
Next, my sister called from Nevada to wish Sydney a happy birthday. While on the phone with her aunt, I heard Sydney say, “They forgot the ice skating outfit.”
Really? We’re still bothered by this? Even though you got the doll + 5 outfits?!
I got on the phone with my sister. I hatched Crazy Mom Plan #2. “Doesn’t Lily (her daughter/my niece) have the ice skating outfit? Can you mail it to me for 3 weeks and then I’ll mail it back?” (Yes, I am insane.)
“I….can’t,” my sister told me in a stunned voice. “It’s her favorite outfit. She plays with it all the time. She’ll know it’s missing.”
Next my mom calls. Now technically the AG clothes were her present to Sydney. As I’m about to hand Sydney the phone, I hold my hand over the receiver and instruct Sydney NOT to say anything to grandma about the ice skating outfit because Grandma didn’t know and her feelings would be hurt.
Sydney takes the phone and (drumroll) says to her grandma right away, “YOU FORGOT THE ICE SKATING OUTFIT.”
So I get on the phone with grandma who is near tears and quietly muttering, “I didn’t know.” After MUCH soothing, I think I reassured grandma that she was NOT EVIL for purchasing 5 adorable outfits and not the black ice skating outfit. But maybe grandma cried a little bit that night. I don’t know.
Now all of this happened within the span of a half-hour. During the phone calls I’m on the computer googling “American Girl black ice skating outfit” which is where I saw it was backordered til January. And, no, I did not consider paying $60 for it from some money-making bastard on ebay. I’m insane, but not that insane.
Finally, I found some homemade ice skating outfits online that might suffice. I hatched my final plan, Crazy Mom Plan #3. My husband went to the basement with his cell phone and called Sydney. He pretended he was Santa and informed her that his elves could not make the black ice skating outfit. But hey, Santa’s elves COULD make this white outfit that Mommy will show you. How ’bout that?
She didn’t want white.
We went through it again, with Santa/Chad pouring on the charm.
She started to come around. Finally, she admitted she liked the white outfit and it was okay that she wouldn’t get the black outfit. I pretty much pushed her off my lap and ordered that white ice skating outfit immediately. Who knew when it, too, might be on backorder until January?
The elves have made the white outfit and Santa will deliver it this Christmas.
She better not open it and say, “YOU FORGOT THE BLACK ICE SKATING OUTFIT!”
And by the way, I just checked American Girl and yes, you guessed it, the FREAKING black ice skating outfit is available again, and not on backorder until January after all.
American Girl, you are a cruel, cruel mistress!!!!