Initially, Wendy’s age group should have been 0-11 months. However, at the last minute a 15 month old got stuck in their group because she was alone. The only reason I mention this, is because that 15 month old could walk. My 10 month old can’t. The other 10 month old in the group couldn’t walk either. Nor could the tiny 5 lb preemie 6 week old. The 15 month old won. I’m definitely not saying she shouldn’t have, but it’s difficult to score a walking baby and a baby having to be carried on the same level.
Wendy’s lowest scores were in poise and personality. I completely understand her scoring low on personality. When she went out for beauty, she was overwhelmed. Wendy had never been in front of that many people before. I didn’t expect her to smile at everyone and wave. But I am very disturbed by her score in “poise”. I don’t feel that they should even have that category with such young children. It says they are scored on walk, confidence, and grace in that category, and I know for one, my 10 month old has none of the above. Outfit of choice went beautifully. Wendy grinned and everyone loved her mermaid costume (big pat on the back for mommy!). Wendy also won fan favorite. Big surprise there (note the sarcasm, Wendy is always a big hit with people).
As of now, I’m not sure pageants are our thing. My concern is that the judges have no idea of Wendy’s special needs; I didn’t want them to. But that’s also a disadvantage because the other children her age could be put down and bounce a bit and Wendy is physically not able. Our 6 month goal is to have her sitting. So still at 15 months old, I will have to carry her out. I don’t know that I want to continue going through disappointments because of her special circumstances. It’s a lot to think about and a lot for me to consider. Overall, I just want what’s best for my child.