our first american girl dolls

I was just flipping through some pictures looking for something completely different when I came across these pictures from December 2004. Meet Bitty Baby Penelope and American Girl Nicole (GT#3)! They were the first American Girl dolls my girls got. They were Christmas gifts and I could have never imagined the fun, adventures and website that developed as the result of these two dolls!

So, what was your first American Girl (or other brand) doll? How long have you been collecting dolls? How did you get interested in your dolls?