Sunday, September 21, 2008

the ugly baby


I played with this poor little Madam Alexander doll as a child. She wasn't originally mine, and I did not give her this interesting hairstyle. But I played with her. And I loved her. Several years ago my now eight-year-old daughter Suzy, who was at that time three-years-old, rescued the doll from her future home in a landfill while we were at Grandma's house one day. Of course you can't really blame Grandma. What is she going to do with a tattered baby doll at this point in life? What child at a thrift store would want to buy her? Or more, what parent? Probably none. I know I wouldn't.

But because of my fond memories and Suzy's total rapture with her, I consented to letting the doll come to live with us. I performed minor surgery on her back and washed her up as best as I could. Suzy named her affectionately, "My Ugly Baby" and she was loved, perhaps more than she had previously experienced in life. As Suzy's companion,
The Ugly Baby (as she came to be known) went for rides in the wagon and the car. She took trips to California and the grocery store. And she slept on Suzy's pillow at night. But The Ugly Baby was often, if not always, naked.

At age eight, Suzy now prefers to ride her bike with the kids on the street, listen to Hannah Montana or High School Musical CDs or shoot hoops out back with her dad. The Ugly Baby is a love of the past.

While I was sorting toys from the little girls' room a month or so ago I found her. Precious Ugly Baby. I adopted her. She now sleeps on my pillow during the day. And one day, I made her a dress and a bonnet so she doesn't have to be naked anymore. There is no real pattern. I just crocheted them.

I think she's pretty.

8 comments:

Jen said...

She is beautiful. With her bonnet you can't tell she has a funky hairdo. :)

Ruth's Place said...

She's wonderful! I rescued my childhood doll from my mother's place a few years ago. She's now waiting patiently on a shelf for my little girl to grow into her...I hope she'll be as loved as this one was.

Wool Winder said...

What a transformation a dress and bonnet make--no more Ugly Baby.

Sharon said...

I think she is lovely!!!

Heidi said...

I might be responsible for the hairdo. I used to carry my dolls around by their hair when I was too little to know what a mohawk was or that it wouldn't look good on a baby doll. I have one just like her at home somewhere. (I called her "Jagging Baby" when I was little -- I think because I "jagged" her around by her hair!) Note to self: Find Jagging Baby and give her some long-overdue lovin'!

Momma B said...

She is scary!!! Babies should be able to be put to "sleep" when you sleep! I think this feature makes them much less frightening!

Alison Boon said...

What's not to love about her.

Cassie said...

Awww, she's cute!