Since the miscarriage, my beautiful Shell- Bell has been pretty spoiled. Spoiling her, my only child & my potential forever only child, makes me feel better, so who cares if it's right or wrong. I'm doing what makes me feel good & she's reaping the benefits so, for now, it's a win-win.
Anyways, she recently started talking about this big doll, glitter bottle & cracked cell phone from the LOL series. I hadn't the slightest clue what she was talking about, but did promise she could get whatever it was for her birthday. I expected it to be a $10 - $25 purchase since she already had a handful of the LOL lil sis dolls & a few big sis dolls but, boy was I in for a LOL surprise of my own.
We headed to Target Friday evening in search of the elusive doll & accessories. She made a beeline for the toy department & straight to the aisle with the LOL dolls. We stood there, in the aisle, taking in all the options. I must have pulled nearly every box off the shelf asking if it was the one she was looking for. Secretly hoping she would say “no” because let’s face it, these toys are just junk. Turns out Target was on my side & didn’t have the one she was looking for so she picked out a Baby Alive Magical Mixer instead.
We had one more stop to make after Target, to pick up some household items at Walmart. As soon as we walked in Shelby nearly lost her mind at the sight of an endcap dripping with LOL dolls including a lone shell-shaped case on the top shelf. It was THE case she had been looking for & was sitting not-so-pretty above a $39.99 price tag. *Insert eye-roll & forehead slap*
I pulled the case down as my normally well-behaved child turned into a happy screech owl. There wasn’t a lick of information on the outside about what kind of surprises were inside except one word; makeup. I certainly wasn't going to spend $40 on a toy only to have to take it away from her due to age-appropriateness. While my happy little screech-owl jumped around & begged me to get her prized LOL toy, I was trying to google what was in this clearly overpriced, mammoth of a shell. After a few minutes of unsuccessful searching, I caved & my wallet became $40 lighter.
We got home & Shelby raced into the kitchen to open her newly acquired treasure. I couldn't get the plastic off fast enough. I thought the kitchen chair she was in was going to tip over under the pressure of trying to contain the excitement oozing out of my little girl.
She tore into those plastic blind bags like it was her job! Never have I seen her so excited. I have to admit, I was a little surprised about the contents of the LOL shell.
*Rubber Cat purse
*Large LOL Doll with glitter hair
*A pair of sunglasses for either Shelby or the LOL doll to wear
*A pacifier for the doll that doubled as lip gloss (hence the "makeup" description on the outside of the packaging)
* Cracked Cell phone
I still don't have a clue how she knew what would be in there. How did she know there would be a "cracked" cell phone? (PS- why is it a cracked cell phone to begin with?)
What's the lesson here, you ask? Don't promise your kiddo something unless you know exactly what they are asking for because you could be roped into spending more money than you want for something that will likely end up broken or lost. BUT it was her Birthday & seeing her SO freakin happy made me one happy momma.
Have you ever promised your kiddo something without knowing exactly what it was & ended up eating your words?