Last weekend Madison and I went to our first dance competition.
This is totally new to her as a dancer and totally new to me as a mom. I am that mom - the one who asks nine thousand questions about little details that should probably be clear. But I'm that Type A, plan ahead, over pack and over organize mom. I would rather have more stuff that I don't need than find out that what I do actually need is sitting on the kitchen counter. I don't want to be the mom who is constantly accepting favors and loaners from other moms because she didn't have her stuff together.
So I hated the thought of not really knowing what to expect. I mean, I have the paperwork, but that's not really the same. And I felt it was safe to assume that Dance Moms is probably not realistic (I was right).
But this first competition of the season was just for solos and duos and Madison's group wasn't competing. We could go watch the older girls, cheer and participate as part of the team, and actually see how it worked: backstage, onstage, awards, whatever.
It was the best thing we could have done. Madison now understands what her teachers are talking about when they tell the girls about competitions which will alleviate any potential nervousness, and I have a much better understanding of how the day flows (although the moms did tell us that this particular competition was - comparatively - easy). And I definitely know what I need that wasn't necessarily on her list (at least, I hope so).
I need snacks - and plenty of them.
I need a way to keep Madison's stuff both contained and organized for a very crowded backstage dressing room. Not just her makeup kit, but all the other stuff. The snacks, the shoes, the warm up, the spare tights and everything else we might need.
And I definitely need a spare charger for my phone.
I had my phone plugged in the car, and we were there for about five hours. During that time, between taking photos, videos, letting Madison kill some occasional down time with her Strawberry Shortcake game and checking my weather app (because it was snowing - again), we left with my phone hovering around 15%. When my phone hits that red zone, it doesn't take pictures as well, it doesn't take video as well, and it generally slows down to try and conserve what little battery is left.
This wasn't a huge deal since we were leaving and none of the pictures I was taking were really all that important, but on a day her group is dancing, I know I will be even more camera and video crazy. Plus, naturally, I'll be uploading to Facebook and staying in touch with Adam and the day will be longer...my phone is just not going to let me do all that in one charge. And I know I would be really mad at myself if I let a dead battery get in the way of all the ridiculous cuteness that is a little girl's dance.
So next time, I will make sure I have my myCharge. The RazorPlus I got around Christmastime usually stays in my purse, but I'd loaned it to Adam for a business trip and hadn't put it back. Because, let's face it, I use my phone a lot. And I need it functional.
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I received a myCharge RazorPlus pack in exchange for this post. However, my dependence on my smartphone and paranoia about dance stuff are completely my own issues.