Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Brown Babies!

If you've been reading this blog for some time, you know how excited I get when I find any brown-baby toy or book or decoration. I'm a mama on a mission---hunting down the most beautiful brown baby items for Miss E. My latest finds came from Pottery Barn Kids.

We were visiting Miss E's birth family one weekend in June and stumbled upon (seriously) a PBK, one of my all time favorite places to shop. (How did I not know there was one just one mile from our hotel?!?!?) They were having a sidewalk sale. The 90 degree heat and blazing sun couldn't stop me from digging through bins and examining tables.

We got a lovely mermaid set (3 fabric and yarn-haired mermaids plus 3 instruments) in a seashell bag for $20. It's original price was $60!!! One of the employees had marked the sets down because each was missing one of the dolls---but my husband (my hero!) found a complete set. Why is this so special? One of the mermaids is a brown girl! Woo hoo!

Additionally, we picked up a Madame Alexander doll, "Lauren," for $13. She'll be put aside for Miss E's birthday. The original price was $40. I like this doll because it's larger than a Barbie and is more natural (no big boobs or unnaturally high feet).

Earlier that day, we met a friend (met online---a fellow adoptive mama) and her twin girls (adopted from Korea) at Cracker Barrel for breakfast. Of course, we HAD to visit the "Old Country Store" after eating. There we discovered small, wooden dolls. We purchased two Asian dolls for the twins and a brown one for Miss E (see the doll in the middle of the photo).

Sometimes I question if I'm over-the-top in my quest to find all things brown for my girl. (If you know me IRL---in real life---you know I can be a bit demanding...). However, my readers assured me (see comments on the linked post) that when it comes to transracial adoption, there's no such thing as too much support of a child's racial identity.


  1. What a great buy on the Lauren doll. She was really expensive and that is why I didn't buy one for Lauren. I love the brown babies as well.

  2. Agreed. There's no such thing as too much support! I've followed your blog for a couple of weeks now and so appreciate how much you share your thoughts, ideas, and finds. I was very saddened the other day while shopping for my daughters' birthdays. There was not one doll that was not Caucasian, besides the Barbies or Princess and the Frog character. Thank goodness Target had a few cute brown babies to choose from. I'm going to check out PBK's site right now!

  3. Wow! What great finds! The dolls... and a PBK that has a sidewalk sale!!??!? Jealous!

  4. Love that doll in the box. Super cute!

  5. In case you are interested, there is a wonderful sewing ministry in Kenya making some gorgeous brown baby dolls:

    Grace from Congo,


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