Unfortunately for me, most of these loud and joyful concerts usually take place when said two year old is supposed to be napping.
So, smile on my face, but fear in my heart because, oh God, are we are approaching no naps?
Somebody hold me. Or, better yet, hold HER-rock her to sleep-sing her a lullaby! Anything! We CANNOT give up naps yet.
As I was saying, for the last month and a half during "nap time" she has been perfecting her preschool's Christmas pageant song, "Away In a Manger." For an hour or so a day, she would sing about the little Lord Jesus laying down his sweet head. She knew every single word of the song and she sang it LOUD. It was adorable and the reason why I could hardly contain my excitement for her first ever Christmas pageant.
On the day of her performance, we dressed her in her red holiday velvet and headed off to church with our cameras ready to capture all of the adorableness.
Well maybe not all of it......
Shortly before her class was to take the stage, while sitting in the middle of a quiet church, Mila loudly declared she needed to poop.
Of course she did.
Five minutes later, business taken care of, Mila joined her class on stage already midway through "Away in a Manger." I ducked down in the front row and pulled my phone out hoping to proudly catch her loud and adorable voice belting out the second half of the song.
But she did nothing. NOTHING. Despite months of private dress rehearsals, she did not speak a word on stage. She also didn't smile on stage. Or move.
That's her-front left-adorable red velvet dress, no smile on her face and no songs coming from her mouth and frozen in place.
Still cute, but.....
Perhaps she was aware of how ridiculously cute she looked just standing there and didn't want to risk making it any more adorable by singing too.
Or, maybe she was tired from her lack of napping.
She did manage to give us a private performance later that day at, yep, you guessed it-nap time.
PS: Mila also had her first ever dance recital this week where she was able to sing and dance on stage. Her curtsy at the end was with her back to the audience and slightly resembled an attempt to moon us. I guess she's worked through her stage fright.