Earlier this year I posted a request on Sasha Mart for anyone who might be selling a toddler to contact me. Lorraine had suggested that if a toddler was for sale in the USA she could bring it back after the 2015 festival as these days the additional cost of UK customs and international shipping can really make buying a doll from overseas expensive. After a few days I was contacted by SusanLK in Massachusetts who had a Claudius for sale. A lot of emails flew back and forth, arrangements were made and in due course the toddler was posted within the USA to Norvell who was going to the festival (Susan couldn't attend and we didn't want the doll to be sent direct to the hotel).
Norvell kindly took photos which she emailed to my daughter when he arrived at her home. This certainly helped increase the excitement about him as the waiting for his arrival continued.
|Gotz toddler Claudius (photo by Norvell)|
|Close up of the toddler Claudius (photo by Norvell)|
|My daughter reading the email from Norvell with the picture of the toddler doll|
Lorraine arrived back in the UK just as my daughter went off to the first of 2 summer camps, so it was only today that we were able to arrange to meet up (at Lorraine's house) for my girl to finally get her longed for toddler boy.
|Laura and Florence help open the toddler's tube|
|He was carefully wrapped in a towel and in tissue paper|
|Oh he is beautiful|
|One very happy girl with Laura, toddler and Florence|
|"Hello, welcome to England little brother, I'm Florence and this is Laura"|
|"We have a gift - our girl made these swimming shorts for you" said Laura|
|"We think he likes the yachts on his swimming shorts"|
|"Thank you big sister Laura"|
|it is good to have a welcome cuddle|
|"Look, my new swimming shorts fit"|
|giving Edmund a cuddle|
There is a part two of meeting Edmund which follows in the next post.