One of the earliest dolls to grace our home, Thomas was a gift to my son when he was about three. He has been well loved and shows a few signs of it. Thomas is proud of his “scars” and even his “tattoos” because he’s the only boy doll to have some (and because it means he was really loved).
Thomas is also our first altered doll. He began life as a Kirsten from American Girl in 1998/9. My son is my youngest child behind two girls. All three got American Girl dolls for Christmas that year and we saw no reason to not include our son.
Kirsten’s original look:
I put away the clothes instantly before I fell in love with Kirsten. I found a few boy outfits online and put the doll in one straight away and whisked it off to the hairdressor who cut my hubby’s hair. She also had a daughter who loved AGs and agreed to take on the haircut task. Kirsten was chosen for her bangs, the rest would be left to our expert.
We started with this hair…
and Cindy, our hairdresser, got us to this…
It’s become a little poofier over the years but the cut was perfect for my son. In fact, Thomas hung out in the shop for a few days before I could safely pick him up with no kids in the car. Cindy said SO many people asked to buy him that she thought about getting one to resell (little did either of us know about what would happen in that market). Her daughter also fell in love (& I believe did get a boy of her own the next year).
One bad Mommy thing I did was to leave Thomas in the outfit that my son loved him in most instead of changing him to store.
(This is pre-face wash). We loved the pilot outfit which is a knock off of Molly’s. However, and here’s the bad Mommy part, the cuffs left very permanent marks (which Thomas now calls his tattoos).I’m glad Thomas is still smiling but I was a little sad. At least, it’s not his face (where there is one scar on his chin from play but Thomas really likes that one).
The blue shirt shown is from France and may even be Corelle. We picked that up when the children’s Godfather flew us all over one year (the luckiest point in all our lives, for sure) shortly after all the dolls arrived. (In related news, my middle daughter really so wanted to make sure that her Cuddly Sister doll came with us that she packed her too only she didn’t pack her in a bag that we took with us so thinking she was lost, I purchased a replacement before my daughter could notice only to have the original turn up over a year later.)
Oh, yes, one more thing about Thomas. Can you guess who my son named him for?
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