Whenever I take on so many things I halfway ask myself are you crazy?! The answer is always yes and I always push through.
Our first pageant experience was great! My daughter won the title of Miss Princess Nevada! I couldn't have been more proud of her. We went in with limited experience. I've only done one pageant (2nd Runner up Miss Teen Nevada) and that was quite some time ago.
I attempted a quick style before we left the house but her curls did not stay. I didn't pack a curling iron and in my rush forgot the brush at home. We arrived and all of the moms were doing last minute styling and the air was tense.
My daughter (who has no quiet voice setting) asked "Are the other moms going to do my hair too!?" it was a laughable moment for sure. I reassured her that she looked perfect and she went back to playing with two one year olds she befriended.
We lined up to present her fun outfit, which was a Doc Mcstuffins shirt and pants with a pink and purple sparkling tutu I made two days before the pageant. While in line waiting to go one stage she advised me she had to go potty and could not wait! Luckily I wore flats and I ran her downstairs and we made it back in time to go on stage.
I found her formal outfit on Amazon and it was absolutely gorgeous. I took out her hair bow released the Bobby pins and put in a flower headband. The dressing room was very tense as moms struggled with screaming tots to get the next outfit on. Needless to say, we spent as little time as possible in the dressing room.
We were second to last so my little one was very antsy until she saw the trophies on the trophy table. She said mommy, "I want one." I told her that she had to smile very big and have a lot of fun onstage and that she may win, but she may not and either way it was okay because we were having fun.
We went on stage for the second outfit and she really let her personality shine. She blew kisses, twirled, and waved. The commentator said she was so cute that it made her want more kids.
Finally the crowning came. My daughter's age group was the last to be announced. They congratulated first and second runner up and then they announced that she had won. I felt an instant lump in my throat because I was so proud of her! As a mom you think highly of your child but when someone else sees it also, it is an amazing feeling.
After the pageant the princess went out with her father and his family. I waited in the parking lot with my sister while my niece went potty on her travel seat.
The pageant was a fun experience but I don't think I will be entering her in any again soon. I think she wants to play t-ball now, stay tuned for our next venture!