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Baby Competitions – Part II

A while ago, I wrote a blog posting about baby competitions and whether or not to enter. The thing is there are two very different schools of thought on this issue and at the time of writing the original blog posting I wasn’t sure if I fitted in with the group that said it was  just for fun and why the hell not or the group that said it created unnecessary pressure and should be avoided.

Well I know now which group I fit into and its the second one! I went ahead, thinking, ugh, its just for a bit of fun and using this photo:

Beautiful Baby Girl

I entered Ava into a baby competition. Today the competition organizers contacted me to tell me she’d not been eliminated and had made it into the second round of the competition and to be honest, I’m so disappointed. I have HATED how this stupid competition has made ME feel!

I realized after entering my beautiful baby girl, that I know she is the most beautiful baby girl in the whole wide world and as long as I knew that, then I really didn’t need some stupid competition to confirm that. I have felt sick on the inside every time I’ve thought about this and so today, after receiving their confirmation I emailed them back and asked them to remove her from the competition and I’ve already starting feeling better about it.

She’s far to special to be competing for cuteness! She’s far to gorgeous for that and I’m so glad that I can now put this episode behind me and not have to wonder one which side of the fence I sit anymore!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Nisey

    Its very much a personal thing with no right or wrong answer – imho I believe we should place less emphasis on physical attributes and focus on true beauty which comes from inside (blah blah blah – but I really do believe that). I think our kids (particularly the girls) will have enough to deal with in the form of magazines and other media telling them how to look and focussing on the packaging!

    Having said that I glowed with pride at Jaden’s birthday circle this morning when everyone had to say why they loved him so much and one little girl piped up and said its because he’s so handsome!!!

    Well done for standing by your convictions and withdrawing her from the competition…

    March 16, 2011 at 11:42 am
  • Reply darylfaure

    She is the most beautiful little girl and you have already won first prize.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply hayley

    Off the subject completely….

    I have being wanting to ask you about the little necklace Ava wears…looks like little brown beads. I have seen it on a few babies, and was wondering if it had any significant meaning?
    Looks so cute…

    March 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Thanks Hayley!
      Don’t laugh ok??

      Its a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace. The Baltic Amber releases an oil which is supposed to have all kinds of holistic properties, one of them being aiding in teething. I was desperate when i bought it, Ava had cut her first two teeth and we’d been to hell and back and I was terrified of what lay ahead so I bought one. Whether it works or not remains a mystery but Ava has cut a subsequent 6 teeth, including a set of eye teeth without so much as a single cry or niggle so who knows??? But I sure as sh*t am not taking it off her and taking that chance

      March 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply coachmarcia

    I love this bit…

    She’s far to special to be competing for cuteness! She’s far to gorgeous for that and I’m so glad that I can now put this episode behind me and not have to wonder one which side of the fence I sit anymore!

    And that’s exactly how I feel.

    So glad you found your stance on this

    March 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply hanneke001

    She is all the cuteness !! And i agree she does not need to compete to prove it !!!!

    March 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  • Reply To Love Bella

    I’ve entered Bella into 2 competitions and to be honest, I’ve kinda forgotten about the first one… Not sure if I’ll do another? Not sour grapes, but I’ve also just started to wonder about the ‘exposure’.
    A little while ago, Babylicious made an NB comment about 2 dodgy blokes who’d added all these baby groups to their favourites on FB. Mmm….

    March 17, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Reply orbit365

    I LOVE what you said in the last paragraph. And I am so happy you found which side of the fence you are on for this. That’s the thing about parenting. We are not just learning to parent, we are also learning more about ourselves.
    xx

    March 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm
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