Madame Alexander Doll Company, Harlem

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When I discovered I was pregnant, I knew instantly it was a boy. Sure I had a 50/50 chance of guessing correctly but it was an intuitive feeling I couldn't shake until the 20-week sonogram confirmed it.

I'd always wanted a girl. I'm not ashamed to admit that. It's what I had fantasized about all my life- the drama, the poofy dresses, the pedicures, the teenybopper concerts, the relationship that I have with my mother and girlfriends.

Those feelings got turned upside down the instant I felt Sebastian growing inside me and being a "boy-mom" has unexpectedly been the most profound experience of my existence. Sebastian is my prince, and I am his queen. I wouldn't change a single thing.

Don't get me wrong, I still want a daughter (and front row tickets to see Justin Bieber). No time is that desire closer to the surface then when I encounter my own childhood interests, like dolls.

Yesterday I nearly drowned in that emotion as I got to live every girly girl's fantasy with a tour of The Madame Alexander Doll Company's factory in Harlem.

Madame Alexander, the inventor of "sleep eyes" that close when a doll's head is tilted back, founded the company in 1923 and more than 85 years later, it's still creating the play dolls and collectibles that delight enthusiasts of all ages.

Madame Alexander Doll Company Factory

My heart skipped a beat just entering the building they've resided in for 54 years and thumped wildly as I bounced around the showroom filled with hundreds of dolls including some of my favorites growing up such as: Holly Hobby, Rainbow Bright, Strawberry Shortcake, an array of Disney Princesses, Paddington, Winnie the Pooh, and Wizard of Oz characters; and new faces like: Angelina Ballerina, Pinkalicious, Fancy Nancy, Olivia, Eloise, and the Middleton Dolls.

Madame Alexander Doll Company Factory Showroom

We walked the Heritage Gallery showcasing 600 dolls, watched the creative process at work in the Design Room, where outfits and accessories are designed, caught a glimpse of how the Doll Hospital restores dolls, and hung out in what was Madame Alexander's hand-painted office.

Madame Alexander Doll Company Factory
Madame Alexander Doll Company Factory
Madame Alexander Doll Company Factory

I even got to design a pal of my own and pick her clothes, shoes, and accessories, before sitting down for a "Tickled Pink" mock birthday party.

Madame Alexander Custom Dolls
Madame Alexander Doll Company Tickled Pink Birthday Party

Madame Alexander's factory is literally the place where dreams are made.

Playgrounds and ballparks are too though. And if Sebastian isn't into dolls or tea parties, and I never have a daughter, at least I know exactly where I'm having my next big birthday party.

{I received a complimentary tour, lunch, and products for consideration. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions and recommendations expressed herein are my own. For more photos, visit Glamamom on Facebook.}