A Little Triumph

When was the last time you celebrated a little triumph? I realised today as I watched Emma try her best to toddle around, that it was so much easier a month ago. Back then, she wasn’t desperate to walk, she didn’t refuse to be held or put in the buggy. And yet, I didn’t enjoy those little moments for what they were…they were little triumphs that I just didn’t appreciate.

A little Umph

I think it’s tough as a new mum because you have absolutely no idea what is to come…you’re just winging it every step of the way, or at least I am. I tend to breathe a sigh of relief at the end of a good day, and when it’s a bad one – well, I just keep repeating to myself that tomorrow will be better for sure. It’s hard to appreciate the good times and truly enjoy them, because every day you’re just trying to get it right – get the perfect balance of naps, the right amount of stimulation, choose the right foods and all the while keep her hydrated too. It can be exhausting, to be quite honest.

We’re in a tricky phase. My days are spent bent-double assisting Emma to walk and explore the world around her. She wants to feel independent and like a grown up girl. She wants to be able to do what her friends are doing – in fact yesterday she wanted to steer the buggy as she saw her friend doing the same thing! It feels never ending. I’m so excited for her learning new things, but my back is aching and in fact everything is aching because we’ve been up since 5:30am.


But I’m trying. We all are, as parents – constantly rejigging routines, snacks, meals, nap-times (the list goes on) to make the day work in the best possible way. So this morning I’m reminding myself to celebrate the little things that make our days wonderful, to remember those moments and know there will be more to come tomorrow and the next day. Those moments ‘trying’ that can feel like we’re never getting it right, will too some day turn into another triumph!

Let’s be frank, parenting is hard work – it’s exhausting, frustrating and nothing like you imagined. But here’s to enjoying the times when it’s going well. Here’s to my gorgeous Emma, who smiles as she stands in her cot at the morning, who finally fell asleep yesterday after half an hour of screaming in the buggy, who started balancing on her own, preparing to walk. Those moments alone make me realise that actually, we’re doing okay.



  1. June 7, 2016 / 8:44 am

    What a lovely post. You’re doing great with Emma. 🙂 Already I feel so proud of my little one. She’s coming on great at 2 months old. I doubted my parenting abilities so much when I was pregnant, but now I feel much more confident. It’s still early days, but it’s a good start. #TribalLove
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    • June 12, 2016 / 9:00 am

      It’s a fantastic start – the beginning is so hard as there’s so much to get your head round. Thank you for your lovely comment x

  2. June 7, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Aww, you are right we need to celebrate the little things and like you say those bad days feel BAD but then there is always a new day to be had :- ) xx
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    • June 12, 2016 / 9:01 am

      Thank you lovely lady – gee those bad days do feel pretty awful, as you say…celebrating the little things gets me through it! Xx

  3. June 8, 2016 / 11:01 am

    You sound like you are doing amazingly well. Yes, we have to celebrate what we are doing well because I’m sure the streets would be full of half crazed woman running around with unwashed, unbrushed hair with breakfast cereal down their fronts (and backs!) if we didnt.
    Parenting is hard work and its great therapy to write it down and to acknowledge it. Well done woman!:) xxx



    • June 12, 2016 / 9:02 am

      Aw such a lovely comment – I love the image of lots of women running the streets in their PJ’s lol!! Thank you for reading, so pleased you liked it x

  4. June 8, 2016 / 12:07 pm

    I love the quote about triumph. Also my daughter is called Emma too, excellent name choice! You’re right though, parenting is exhausting, but for the most part, I think it does go well 🙂


    • June 12, 2016 / 9:04 am

      A fellow Emma – I love her name too. Thank you for your comment x

  5. June 8, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    You are definitely doing ok! Sometimes in the chaos of parenthood it can be hard to just stop and be ‘in the moment’. We’re all guilty of it but yes it’s true, those little things do mean a lot when you take time to stop and appreciate them 🙂 #brandnewday
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    • June 12, 2016 / 9:05 am

      I completely agree, just stopping to appreciate those moments makes it all worth it! Thank you for your comment 🙂 xx

  6. June 8, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    This was a great reminder! Thank you! I have that exact quote in my house. Maybe I should look at it more! x #abrandnewday

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:06 am

      I love that quote – it’s easy to forget sometimes. I’d love to get a printout of the quote for my house too. Thank you for commenting x

  7. June 8, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Aww, made me tear up. Mums are amazing and we give our kids so much. This is a beautiful little post, makes me want to go hug my little one right now! Thanks for sharing with #abrandnewday
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    • June 12, 2016 / 9:07 am

      Thank you for your comment – I’m so pleased you liked it, and thank you for hosting #abrandnewday, it’s my new favourite linkie 🙂 xx

  8. June 8, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    A really lovely post. So good to me reminded to celebrate the small things in life and I love the quotes. X

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:08 am

      Thank you for your comment, so pleased you enjoyed reading x

  9. June 8, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    This is so lovely. The quote made me a bit emosh! Been having a very testing day and have been juggling millions of balls in the air and this reminded me of what it’s all about x #ABrandNewDay

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:09 am

      Aw Michelle, I’m so pleased you liked it and could relate to the quote! Thank you for commenting xx

  10. June 9, 2016 / 8:15 am

    it is blinkin hard isn’t it. but like you say, here’s to the fun times. the bits that make it all worth while 🙂 Ive been very much trying to care less – and when I say care less what I mean is not stress the silly things. does it matter that we are a few minutes late or that b decided to put sand all over the patio – not really tbh – it will brush away. #ABrandNewDay

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:11 am

      I know what you mean – I try to take a deep breath a bit more sometimes, especially at frustrating mealtimes and it does help a little bit I think, positive attitude 🙂 Thank you for commenting x

  11. June 9, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Oh how I remember the finger walking stage (not sure my back will ever let me forget!) and how I wished she would go back to just staying where I put her but they grow so fast and soon before you know it they won’t hold your hand and make you walk 5 paces behind them!!! so no matter how much your back aches cherish it xxx

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:13 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment – you’re right, you have to cherish these moments. Even now, she is changing so fast and already so much more independent than 2 weeks ago! It’s going to go so fast xxx

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