It’s a Doll’s Life

Today we went to the supermarket and as usual we had to get a trolley with “One baby seat and one big girl seat” so that Annabelle and Big Baby could sit together (Don’t shout at me, we only use them when there are plenty of spares for the real babies!) and as usual Big Baby was dressed appropriately for the weather, had a bottle of water and a snack. The lady at the checkout said to Annabelle “Ooh it’s nice to see a doll with some clothes on, usually children carry around naked babies!” Annabelle looked horrified at the idea, she patiently sits and gets her babies dressed and undressed herself every day.

My point is Annabelle takes looking after her babies VERY seriously. Suzy and Big Baby get their own library books every time we visit, they have their own seats in restaurants, they have their nappies changed when Annabelle goes to the toilet, and Annabelle probably spends as much time pushing them on the swings or roundabout at the park as she does playing on them herself!

Here are just a few little insights into life as Annabelle’s baby…

Feet Measuring

The nice lady at Clarks let Annabelle measure Suzy’s feet.

Suzy at Let Loose

Keeping Suzy busy while she is playing at soft play.

Baby cruisin'

Annabelle and Big Baby cruising and playing the radio, with no particular place to go!

Swinging at Brabyns Park

Swinging together at Brabyns Park – It is not only the dolls that have to get dressed up, bears do too!

Climbing frame adventures

Big Baby has learnt to stand up! I think she had a little help to climb to the top of this climbing frame though.

On the train in Windsor

On the train in Windsor

Off on a journey.

Waiting at the train station on our summer adventure into Manchester.

Tram ride

Annabelle held on VERY tight to Suzy on the tram ride!

Toy Story Time

Story time for all her friends!

Snuggles and Stories

Snuggles and stories for Big Baby

Post Box Trip

A trip to the post box for Big Baby on a sunny day!


Big Baby's sunhat

Big Baby’s special sunhat

Summer Play

Big Baby is waiting to ‘catch’ Annabelle at the bottom of the slide!

Big Baby in the Sun

Don’t worry, Annabelle put lots of sun cream on her and pulled the chair into the shade!

Pool baby

Lucky Big Baby even got her very own paddling pool during the hot weather, complete with her own selection of pool toys!

Busy Beading

Busy making a “Keeping Safe” necklace for Big Baby


One of my funniest memories is of Annabelle dressed in her nurse’s outfit ‘caring’ for Suzy . She gently picked her up from the sofa, stroked her and said softly “Ah, hello Suzy are you ok? Come on then, let’s get you bumped.” She then carried Suzy carefully to the hallway, swung her by the feet and smashed her head against the door. All so she could take care of her again!! As I said, Annabelle takes this very seriously! We made her babies some bandages from ribbon and Velcro after a particularly nasty spate of stair falls. We also made some re-usable felt and Velcro nappies (diapers) that she pretends to wash in her washing machine *eco-mum gold star for me 😉 *

Doll bandages from ribbon and velcro

Suzy was badly injured, question is…did she fall or was she pushed?!

Dolls nappy diaper from felt and Velcro

Suzy’s new Velcro nappy

Velcro and felt doll nappy diaper

Annabelle’s first solo attempt at a nappy change!

Doll cardigan

Suzy’s handmade jet-pack/cardigan!

Decorated cardigan

All decorated for “posh girl Suzy”.

Upside down baby

Big Baby likes being upside down. Apparently.

Hilltop girls

High in the hills, through the long grass there lurks a “Suzy Lion”. Rah!

Doll painting

I think you missed a spot Big Baby.

Best friends

Cleaning the wall together ready for a new sofa. (We didn’t ask her too, but this is exactly how I found them!)

Gretna Green

Celebrating Monkey and Suzy’s wedding!

Being a dentist in Eureka

Suzy always comes to the dentist with us to have her teach checked, but this time it was Annabelle’s turn to be a dentist!

Photography with Daddy

See, It’s not just me that follows them round with a camera!

Baby photographer

Practicing her photography skills herself…

Baby photographer

…And again!


Gruffalo hunting

“There might be a snake in this log pile house, or the Gruffalo might be waiting. You look first Suzy.”


And this is how a lot of our adventures end! (zzzz)

A note on Big Baby. Big Baby has been known as Big Baby since she arrived at Christmas time. We met Suzy first and she was named, then we met Big Baby. She was a big baby compared to little Suzy! Annabelle has tried to give her various names but they just never stick, and we return to Big Baby! She has even been into school with me to be Baptised by the local Reverend when we learnt about Christianity. The children agreed that we couldn’t possibly baptise her Big Baby so they voted to name her Ellie. I told Annabelle about all this, and she replied “That sounds nice, did you have fun Big Baby?”


  1. David Sutherland.

    You have all had a VERY busy summer .!!

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