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After her initial astonishment wore off, we asked mom, Natasha Mickel, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, why she decided to enter our cover contest and what it felt like to find out Chase, 11 months, had won.
Why did you enter the contest?
I wanted everyone to see how happy Chase is all the time. My hope was that someone would see his photos and think his smile was just as contagious as I do.
What was your first thought when you found out he'd won?
I was in complete shock! At the shoot, I kept wondering how anyone could ever choose just one winner—all the babies were so cute!
What was your favorite part of your trip to New York?
Taking Chase to St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Plaza, and FAO Schwarz. I love seeing his expressions as he experiences new things. I also enjoyed meeting all the other parents and children at the photo shoot.
Do you think you'll enter Chase in more contests or get him into modeling?
I haven't really thought about entering him in any more contests, but a modeling career could be a good way to earn extra money for his education. Now that he's won it may give us extra motivation to seek new opportunities.
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