A big thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and the Disney Baby "Little Character" Contest.
As Big Sister E's sixth birthday is just over the horizon, I can't help but look back on the past six years in amazement at the changes that we have been through.
On the one hand, it seems as though it was only yesterday that my husband and I spent our Saturday mornings sleeping in until 10:00 and then staying in bed to eat breakfast and read the paper. On the other hand... really? Was that this lifetime?
I can't believe that it has been nearly six years since Big Sister E entered our lives and suddenly we were more than a couple; we were a family. As well as giving up those lazy weekend mornings, the dynamic in our household changed because my husband and I had this living, breathing little being who needed us to provide for her every minute of the day.
After two years of getting used to a responsibility that enormous, we doubled it by adding Little Sister B to our household and completing our family of four. As well as the changes that meant for Daddy and I, it was a near-magical experience to be able to provide Big Sister E with a playmate, companion, secret-sharer and best friend that she would now have for a lifetime.
When it comes to celebrating those magical moments that we all experience with our children, no one does it better than Disney Baby.
They know that parenthood is filled with happy, grumpy, sleepy, smiley, giggly, crying (and many more!) moments, and now they want you to capture your baby's unique personality in a photo that could possibly win $10,000 towards your child's education (plus much more) in their Disney Baby Little Character Contest.
That's right, Disney Baby is looking for the next Little Character and is inviting parents to submit a photo of their newborn to 24-month-old baby. Through June 18th, they will select one winner per week as finalists that will receive deluxe Disney Baby prize packages, including Huggies diapers, and will be eligible for the Grand Prize.
As well as the finalists that Disney Baby selects, there will also be one lucky Fan Favorite winner. Simply encourage your family and friends to vote for your baby's photo through June 18 and the entry with the most valid votes at the conclusion of the entry phase will win an ultimate Caribbean vacation to Beaches Resorts, a one-year supply of Huggies Diapers, and a Deluxe Disney Baby Gift Pack of character-themed goodies, gear and essentials.
Beginning on June 28, America will vote to select the Grand Prize winner from the five total finalists... and that lucky person will take home a $10,000 scholarship plus more!
They will also receive a "crawl on" role on ABC Family's new comedy, Baby Daddy, a trip to Los Angeles to attend the grand opening of the first Disney Baby Store — and have a $500 shopping spree there, a one-year supply of Huggies diapers, and their baby's photo in a Disney Baby print ad in a National Magazine and on the Disney Baby website!
Disney Baby isn't leaving out voters either! Simply by casting your votes (from June 28, 2012 — July 19, 2012) you will be eligible to win a beach vacation courtesy of Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Remember, you can vote daily, so be sure to do so to increase your chances of ending up relaxing on the beach!
What magical moments come to mind when you think of your baby's first 24 months? Is he or she the next Little Character to represent Disney Baby? Find out more about the contest, the prizes, and be sure to go enter with your best photograph today!