Well, it’s getting down to the wire around here and with so many project yet to be done before Baby Day I thought I’d tackle some of the smaller tasks left on my to do list. First thing up: finish my birth guide and pack my hospital bag.I thought I’d pick up a little gift for Harper to bring along to the hospital. You know, a gift “from the baby” as an olive branch. I figured on her way to the hospital to meet her baby brother Brad could stop by a drugstore and let her pick up a little gift for him, as well (she has her heart set on a rattle) to start things off on the right foot. I’m a little emotional thinking about them “exchanging gifts” at their first meeting. (Jeez, I am SO pregnant.)
In my planning I had decided to get something that would keep her busy (as an added bonus) so I settled on a magnetic dress up doll kit, which she has been admiring for a while. In case you are unfamiliar with the concept, they are reminiscent of the beloved paper dolls of my childhood but made of wood so they are a lot sturdier.Searching for what I had envisioned turned in to a little bit of a project. I had seen several varieties and wanted a girl version of the Joey Magnetic Dress Up by Melissa and Doug.
Joey is well rounded and his aspirations are embraced by the society he lives in.
Joey’s wardrobe includes a nice mixture of both “career” type outfits as well as “fantasy” ones. He can dress up like a fire fighter, police officer, doctor, pirate and superhero amongst other things. The only problem is there is no female equivalent.I found princess dress ups, fashion dress ups and ballerina dress ups. I even found mermaid dress ups (how many sparkly rainbow tails does a fish-girl need, anyway?) But no “career” oriented or other powerful female icon dress ups. I almost can’t believe it. I mean, it’s 2013 for heaven’s sake. Has no one thought that a girl might want to pretend to be a doctor or a superhero?
I guess I could have just purchased the Joey and been done with the whole thing, but I wanted a figure Harper could relate to (she’s really in to the whole “I’m a girl, he’s a boy” thing lately.) After an exhaustive search I found a two for one deal, and purchased both a princess dress up and the Julia set (Julia apparently likes sports). That’s the best I could do, but I’m still a pretty disappointed.
Julia likes sports, but she also knows not to rock the boat.