Real-life mother Ashleigh Kirby spend more time with her £250 'Reborn' baby doll that she purchased online than she does with her real-life daughter, 12-year-old Becky.
Ashleigh spends hundreds on clothes and items for baby Finlay, who btw, IS NOT A REAL HUMAN BEING, in case you were wondering.
She decided to
buy the toy online adopt the lifelike newborn baby because she "always thought something was missing" from her life.
After splitting up with her partner, the 36-year-old mom thought she'd never get the chance to have children again and was "too lazy" to adopt a real child.
So why not buy a baby doll on the internet? Makes sense, doesn't it?
Ashleigh describes life with Finlay:
"The dolls are a substitute for me. I am very maternal. I bought Finlay six months ago for £250 from a lady I found online. Half of my bedroom is taken up by his cot and I also have a pram, a car seat and a wardrobe of clothes. He wears a nappy which I change - although not as regularly as you would a real baby.
I'd have liked to have met another man and had a brood of kids, but life didn't work out like that. I considered adoption, but I'm too lazy to go through the process. Real children are hard work - you worry all the time. With Finlay, it's cuddle time all the time. here was an immediate rush of love. Looking at Finlay for the first time, there was a stronger bond than I had with Becky. With Becky, I was so tired after the birth I didn't feel as close to her."
"Real children are hard work." Understatement of the century.
Meanwhile, poor Becky admits to keeping her "brother" a secret from classmates and finds her mom's obsession with a toy "weird."
"I find it creepy - I don't really understand it. I don't think mum prefers Finlay, but she can't give me all the attention like she used to."
Poor girl. She has to go through life knowing that a piece of plastic will always take precedence over her.
To see more pics of Ashleigh and "Finlay" doing every day normal things! Look below:
[Image via SWNS.com.]
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