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12 Small Parenting Victories That Make You Feel Like You Won The Lottery

1. When your child’s feet fit the sale shoes.

Clarks shoes

2. Getting the eye drop straight in before they blink.

Instead of squirting a few drops over a closed eye and hoping they will blink a bit in.

Thea's eyedrops
3. Getting a parent and toddler space at the supermarket.

This is a real rarity, due to the amount of selfish idiots using them to save two minutes of walking from a normal space. Because that’s more important than a child’s safety, right? And parents love nothing more than battling to get their kids in or out of their awkward car seats, whilst desperately trying not to slam the door into the next car. Puts you in the best mood to tackle attempting to do a weekly shop with a baby and toddler. After herding them through a busy car park where people suddenly seem to forget how to drive safely.

Parent and Toddler space

4. Leaving the house with everything you need. First time. On time.

So rare, yet so infinitely beautiful.

5. Having a shower, without an audience.

Or having to turn off the shower every few minutes because you swear you can hear a child screaming. So powerful is this feeling, it even happens when I know I’m alone in the house.

6. Getting an empty plate. Without nagging.

And yes, it still counts if it’s smothered in ketchup. That’s one of their seven a day, right?

Ava and a clean plate

7. Moving your sleeping child from their car seat, into their cot, without them waking up.

Hold your breath and cross everything!

Ava sleeping in the car8. Getting your child to sleep through the night.

(It happened early on with Ava, but Thea is two and we are still waiting… with eyes propped open with matchsticks.)

9. When your younger child fits into the older one’s outgrown shoes.

Even if they are a little snug around her legs…

Thea in Ava's old boots

10. Getting the elusive latch right.

I only managed this once but it was amazing. Until she opened her mouth and fell off. Read more about my breastfeeding struggles here.

11. Both children napping. At. The. Same. Time. (Not in a car.)

I can count the number of times this has happened to us on two fingers.Ava and Thea napping

12. Getting to the bottom of the laundry bin.

Yeah, right, as  if that’s ever going to happen! I can but dream.

Most of these are rarer than a solar eclipse. What are your victories?

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  1. rhymingwithwine

    22nd October 2015 at 11:29 am

    Love this. I can totally relate to every point, and thanks – I’m thrilled that ketchup is one of their 7 a day. My daughter is sorted then yey! ;0) Having just left a stay and play, may I add “when another child takes a liking to your child’s seat at story time and gets in it, and your tot happily just goes and finds another one – without unleashing toddler warfare”. Happened today. First time ever. I could have sobbed with happiness! Brilliant read x

    1. Becky Pink

      22nd October 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Oh yes that should be number 1!! Well done her (and you!) xx

  2. Lisa Cornwell (@mummascribbles)

    16th October 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Zach is just the worst at transferring from car seat to bed! It doesn’t hep that he weighs a bloody ton! My biggest parenting victory is managing to have my morning cup of tea before he wakes up in the morning. It’s the peace between getting out of the shower and the mad rush of getting out the door to work. Just that cup of tea and a facebook check is a win. Because when I have to drink it with him around, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve nearly been burnt! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      16th October 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Ah that sounds like ten minutes of heaven! It’s funny how hot tea is a luxury once you become a parent isn’t it! Xx

  3. Silly Mummy

    14th October 2015 at 12:37 am

    Haha – so true! It’s all about 1, 4, 8, 10 & 11! #twinklytuesday

  4. athomewiththeboys2015

    13th October 2015 at 2:42 pm

    HaHa! It made my day reading these.

    As for the last one, the only time we ever get an empty laundry basket is when we have to take it around somebody else’s house, because our washing machine has broken.

    And that just isn’t funny!

    Thanks for sharing #twinklytuesday

    1. Becky Pink

      13th October 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Oh no. The thought of my washing machine breaking makes me actually feel sick, what a horrifying thought!! Thanks for stopping by xx

  5. Sugar&Rhubarb

    13th October 2015 at 2:36 pm

    actually laughed out loud at your post. All of these make me mini fist pump the air like a lunatic
    Especially having a shower on my own….. oh I love those mornings!! Sorry, I meant morning.


    1. Becky Pink

      13th October 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Ha ha I’m glad you can identify! Thanks for popping by xx

  6. Mummy here and there

    2nd October 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I can indetify with these parent victories. I Ave never been so excited until I started finding shoes in the sale that fit my children when it does.you.feel you.are winning at parenting X

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd October 2015 at 7:46 pm

      Yes we got Thea’s latest ones in the sale too and I was overjoyed! Xx

  7. bubbablue

    25th September 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Oh yes, I think I’d agree with any of these and I’ve only got the one child,. It’s still a satisfactory result.

    1. Becky Pink

      25th September 2015 at 8:08 pm

      It’s just as pleading with one as with two little ones xx

  8. morganprincecom

    25th September 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Awesome. Let me know if you ever reach the bottom of the laundry basket. I personally think it doesn’t exist! 😉

    1. Becky Pink

      25th September 2015 at 2:58 pm

      I think you’re right, it’s never ending!! Xx

  9. MummyTravels

    24th September 2015 at 9:56 am

    Oh yes to these – I think I’ve managed 4 about twice (sometimes I think I’ve managed until I’ve left and remember what I forgot), I never managed 7. And I still do 5! #brilliantblogposts

    1. Becky Pink

      24th September 2015 at 10:22 am

      I have a feeling I’ll still be hearing imaginary crying when the kids are teenagers! Xx

  10. theloveofacaptain

    24th September 2015 at 9:05 am

    Well that about sums in up! The parenting space thing really nags me too, so frustrating. I still find leaving the house a mission, why we need to pack up the whole house is beyond me 🙂 #brilliantblogposts xx

    1. Becky Pink

      24th September 2015 at 9:46 am

      Yes and even if you take everything, you are still guaranteed to need something you don’t have! Xx

  11. dearmummyblog

    24th September 2015 at 8:04 am

    We totally agree with No. 7 – “Moving your sleeping child from their car seat, into their cot.” We’ve had loads of victories and metal high fives with this! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    1. Becky Pink

      24th September 2015 at 9:45 am

      It’s such a delicate manoeuvre isn’t it! So much scope for disaster. Xx

  12. Life, kids and a glass of red

    24th September 2015 at 4:36 am

    Love these! A clean, empty plate is a rarity here so I’d be doing cartwheels to celebrate! Eyedrops in eyes – I still can’t get my husband to stop complaining about them when he needs them! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    1. Becky Pink

      24th September 2015 at 9:44 am

      Ha ha if your husband hates them, you have no hope with the kids! X

  13. Silly Mummy

    12th September 2015 at 1:15 am

    So true! It’s all about number 2! Number 11 is a myth, right?? & number 10 is just so downheartening. I did get latch sorted with both of mine but, particularly with first, it took weeks of spending literally hours trying to get her properly on only for her to do just that! #weekendbloghop

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2015 at 6:59 am

      So impressed that you persevered with the latch! Thanks for your comment xx

  14. midwifeandlife

    11th September 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I had terrible trouble with eye drops! I can relate to them all, I managed to get no8 last night for the first time in 8 months, I’m hoping it wasn’t a fluke. #weekendbloghop

    1. Becky Pink

      11th September 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Ah fingers crossed it will be the start of better sleep for you! Xx

  15. The DADventurer

    16th August 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Good post! There’s a few of those that we haven’t achieved yet, but your post gives me hope that there’s a light at the end of this very dark and dreary tunnel that is parenting 🙂

    1. Becky Pink

      16th August 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Oh dear, yes there certainly is! I have actually given all the plastic cutlery away now! However we do now have a pink potty cluttering up the bathroom floor even more… Swings and roundabouts! X

  16. Lifeloveanddirtydishes

    15th August 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Amen to 6 & 7. Great post. Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Becky Pink

      15th August 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, see you next time x

  17. Michelle Murray

    20th May 2015 at 10:20 pm

    oh my goodness my pet hate is seeing people drive in to the parent toddler spaces at my local supermarket when they don’t have a child. It absolutely drives me crazy so yes I agree its a great achievement when you actually find one 🙂 great post Thanks for linking up – Parenting – #ToddlersAndTeens

    1. Becky Pink

      20th May 2015 at 10:21 pm

      It’s funny that’s the one that everyone seems to relate to most! Glad you like the post and see you at the next link up ☺️

  18. mrscraftyb

    14th May 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Don’t EVEN get me started on the parent/child space thing! Blood boils!!

    1. Becky Pink

      14th May 2015 at 9:34 pm

      It makes me so cross, especially when it’s a pristine sports car with no trace of biscuit crumbs or random socks! x

  19. allyouneedisloveandcake

    14th May 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Love this, I can totally relate to most of these, especially the rage when there are yet again no parent and child parking spaces!

    1. Becky Pink

      14th May 2015 at 9:35 pm

      I’m glad you like it! I actually swapped supermarket to Morrisons because of the car park situation – our new local one has loads of spaces, plus the amazing car-trolleys, so all in all it makes for a far less stressful experience! x

  20. The Two Savings Sisters

    14th May 2015 at 10:24 am

    I absolutely love this. They are all so true – especially the tandem nap. BOOM!


  21. Holly baker

    9th March 2015 at 5:26 pm

    5 and 7 are brilliant!!!!! X

    1. Becky Pink

      14th May 2015 at 9:37 pm

      Hey Holly, I just realised I didn’t reply to you, how rude of me! You’ll discover the joys of tandem naps soon 😉 x

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