V-I-C-T-O-R-Y…Victory is our Battlecry!

There are many ways to define success.

For some people it’s getting a big promotion at work, or winning a bid on a job. For others it’s finishing first place in a race, running a marathon, or beating your previous personal record.

For a mom, success is often measured in a different manner. For a new mom, getting through the day without having anyone poop on you is a victory. For moms with more than one kid (particularly those of us with boys), it can be keeping them from giving each other black eyes or bloody noses for a  for whole day… for me it’s managing to get into the shower before 10 pm!

I think as moms we have many opportunities for success (or not so much success) every day. If you aren’t a parent you may not get this, but for those of you who are, you will understand. There are SO MANY battles and challenges and decisions we have to make every day, that when you know you have gotten one right, or your kids do something really fantastic, it’s a major victory and should be celebrated as such.

Today has been one of the days where the successes have outnumbered the failures!

(And as I look up from my computer, this is what I see…

Yes, he is coloring on the table… this is what I get for trying to type for 10 min.

like I said, sometimes not so much with the victory, although he was coloring on the table with washable crayon, so we will give this one half credit…)

Anyway, back to the list of massive award winning accomplishments for today…

1. Everyone woke up healthy and happy.

2. No one missed the bus, forgot to wear pants, and all had lunches and backpacks.

3. I even packed a lunch for my husband!

4. The baby and I ran all of the errands, bought some really delish strawberries and used coupons (truth be told, I got distracted in the check out line, forgot to give the cashier the coupons, so had to go BACK into the store after putting the baby into, then back out of the carseat… sigh)

5. I got (HEALTHY) dinner into the crockpot, on time (Pomegranate chicken… I’ll share the recipe if it’s delish)!

6. I worked out (granted this was inspired by my eating the remainder of the bag of chocolate chex mix, so again, not all that impressive, but it did push me to work harder on the elliptical!)

7. The school bus was on time (and I was there waiting for it.)

8. My son got a Golden Shield (this is an honor given out for being extra well behaved, a good listener, getting work done quickly and quietly, etc)

9. It’s almost 6:00 and we haven’t yet had any epic tantrums.

10. I have already showered! (It was after 4 pm, but it was still before 10… VICTORY)

Was there still a ton of calamity today? Sure! At one point the baby decided it would be really funny to grab the wispy pieces of my hair just above my ears and use them to pull my face to his so he could bite my cheek (yes, every part of that hurt… A LOT) and just as I was typing that sentence he discovered how funny it is to flip the kitchen chair over, (but then he said “Chair” for the very first time… victory #11!!).

The laundry isn’t folded, there are dishes in the sink, I discovered that simply moving the bucket of cleaning supplies to bathroom doesn’t actually make the room clean, and as you can tell by the aforementioned Chex mix incident, I didn’t exactly eat like an athlete today, but you know what, I’m going to enjoy the high points, because really, there were quite a few, and let’s face it… tomorrow there is no guarantee of success.

I’m going to end this quickly before dinner burns, the kids melt down or someone pees their pants… while sitting on my lap…

Meanwhile, please tell me, what do YOU consider to be a victory?

Hope your day was a victory!




Tara is a stay at home mom to two sons. She is a lover of family, friends, food and laughter. Her life is a roller coaster ride full of hilarity, diapers, exercise and fun.

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