I collected a bunch of Baby Born Mini doll sets for Mabel when she was littler, and after a while she lost interest and wanted to get rid of them, but I persuaded her to give them to me. Today Rose found them, and Hazel, who’s already more interested in baby dolls than Mabel ever was, was completely enamored of them.
When it was time for bed Hazel didn’t want us to put the dolls away, and even after we let her keep one out, she was furious that we took away the tiny bottles and pacifiers. Later tonight, I started telling my sister-in-law about this on Facebook, and went searching for images of the doll sets. And I found this:
“My Mini Baby Born Maternity Set”
I had to stare at this for several seconds to convince myself that the baby on the bed was meant to have just given birth. I thought she must be one of three just-delivered triplets, with the adults having stepped out of the room for a moment. But I had to admit that no newborn would wear a face mask and lab coat while standing upright. (And what IS that in the tiny basinette? A Baby Born Mini mini? Is the baby in the corner the father? In a bathrobe?)
This made me think of the wise words of Jack Handey: “I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not for our children’s children, because I don’t think children should be having sex.”