If you were a little girl growing up in Georgia in the 80's, you wanted a Cabbage Patch Doll and that's an understatement. Their popularity caused fights among parents trying to grab these hard-to-find dolls in stores across the nation. Yes--I am aware that they were popular in states outside of Georgia, but HERE where they were created, they were an absolute obsession!! I wanted one sooooo bad, but they were really expensive. My mother, bless her heart, sewed me a Cabbage Patch Doll with blonde hair and blue eyes using no pattern whatsoever. And I don't know how she did it because there's no way I could ever create that. I was THRILLED with my doll and I named her "Melanie Mary." I still have her to this day and she currently sits in a little pink rocking chair in my daughter's room. I had friends who had the "real" dolls and one friend in particular, Amy Spilberg who had a little baby crib set up in her bedroom with 4 or 5 dolls. I remember thinking she must be so rich! :) And anyone who kept those original dolls sewed and signed by Xavier Roberts in the 80's is holding on to quite a treasure today because I have seen them on eBay for $1300. Amazing! (I hope you still have yours Amy.)
So, yesterday after we dropped Will off at his Taekwondo Camp in Cleveland, GA, we saw a big sign 2 miles down the road for "Babyland General Hospital." I squealed in delight and said "We have to go!" We pulled in and saw a banner that said, "28th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza" with tons of tents, inflatables, balloons, people, etc. We could not have picked a better day to visit! Laine was thrilled! Jake--not so much, but he was a good sport.
So, here I was opening the front door to Babyland General Hospital finally--at age 40. LOL! I honestly felt like a little girl again and I know I was just as excited as Laine to see what was inside. We were greeted by a nurse at the reception desk and everything about the place was set up to feel like a real hospital.
The first room we entered was the nursery with all the infants. I cannot tell you how adorable it was. Laine picked her baby out immediately and it was as if she was reaching out to her. Seriously, I know this sounds so cheesy, but look at this photo and you'll see Laine's baby girl with big brown eyes in the center of the crib wearing pink. Doesn't she look like she's saying, "please pick me!"
So the nurse came over to confirm that this was the baby Laine wanted to adopt and then she informed Mark and I that the adoption price was $199. YIKES! (No wonder my mom sewed mine.) And we got the cheapest one! The babies with hair are $225 and the toddlers start at $299. Insane! So..we made it very clear to Laine that this was her birthday present--period. There will be no other gifts to open from mommy & daddy on April 30th, and she was fine with that. Ofcourse! Next, the doctor checked out Laine's baby to make sure she was in good health. She got a shot of "Imagicillin" and another shot of "TLC." Seriously--it was a cuteness overload.
Next up, we had to go into an office to sign the official adoption papers. Mark and I both had to sign our names alongside Laine who raised her right hand and swore to take extra good care of her new baby girl, "Dot Kathleen." Mark and I were told that we are grandparents now.
At this point, my almost 11 year old Jake had had enough of all the nonsense and I think this photo perfectly captures his mood. LOL!
On that note, I had fun teasing Jake about whether he wanted to adopt a doll. They have NASCAR themed ones you know!
He declined, but he was thrilled when we were done touring the hospital and ready to go outside into the Eggstravaganza. We ate homemade ice-cream, funnel-cakes and boiled peanuts. The kids got to go down a giant inflatable slide and Jake threw baseballs into baskets and won a Georgia Bulldog stuffed animal. Laine got her hair done "crazy" and she looked like "Cindy Lou Who" from Dr. Seuss!
At the end, Mark and I just sat on a bench (with our new granddaughter) and watched Jake and Laine search for 4 leaf clovers. It was a beautiful, perfect day! :)
Yes it's cheesy and overpriced, but there is magic in a visit to Babyland General Hospital and if you have a little girl and get the chance--you should go!!