Besides, we've got a real live baby here (and what do you know, another one on the way!) who likes to eat and then poops and pees and needs diaper changes, so I was hoping that somehow the idea of taking care of a real live baby, and not a plastic fake one would be much more enticing.
Not so much.
But thanks to Asia or Gabrielle or whatever that $100 doll's name is, we avoided the peeing and pooping Baby Alive doll - that is until we recently instituted a formal allowance system in our household, which has helped to both keep things a little more orderly around here (beds made, dishwasher emptied, dog fed - whoops!) and support my daughter's insatiable, but thankfully, fairly frugal appetite for shopping.
It's amazing "how expensive" everything is once you have to buy it with your own money.
And so when she discovered that the Baby Alive doll was only $39.99, which is basically how much a pair of legs on another American Girl doll costs, she was bound and determined to save up her money for one.
I figured I had a good few weeks to change her mind with one stop at the Disney store (also known as "my desperate last resort") but then good old Auntie BFF sent along a box full of a few recent birthday party favors, which included A PAIR OF WHISTLES (which she shall be paid back with the set of bathtub recorders I'm sending as a belated birthday gift) and belated Christmas gifts - most importantly, a $10 Target gift card.
Couple that with the fact that on a recent trip to Target she found out that the Baby Alive newborn doll is only $29.99 and let's just say baby four, named Jenna or Elliot or "that freaking doll" is alive and kicking.
And peeing on my couch. Just what I needed. More pee.
[Disclaimer: Yeah, yeah. The link to the Baby Alive doll is through my Amazon affiliate, which means if you for some ungodly reason want to purchase it, then I'll get a kickback from that or whatever you purchase through the link]