18 Small Triumphs for Every New Mom

Medically reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, CNE, COI on October 20, 2016Written by Sylvie Carbonneau

You would think that creating a new human being from scratch would be the hardest thing you’d ever do.

Sorry, friend. The real work has only just begun! But throughout the chaos and sleepless nights, there will be all kinds of small victories.

1. When you have your first glass of wine after nine long, long, long months of abstinence.

glass of wine

2. When someone gives you another piece of unsolicited advice and you get to say: “Yeah, we tried that. Didn’t work.”

tried advice

3. When the phone rings and it doesn’t wake your napping baby (this once in a lifetime event is like winning the lottery).

ringing phone

4. When you can make coffee and actually drink it fresh from the pot, instead of having to microwave it 40 minutes later.

drink fresh coffee

5. When you get to store/sell/give away/destroy your maternity clothes.

maternity clothes

6. When you can have an adult conversation that doesn’t revolve around bowel movements, sleep patterns, or deafening crying.

adult conversation

7. When your baby drops their pacifier in the middle of the night and somehow manages to find it on its own.

baby finds pacifier

8. When your baby miraculously forgets they are wearing a hat.

baby forget hat

9. When you get a black belt in diaper changing and can do it in any situation or position.

black belt in diaper changing

10. When you get through a trip to the grocery store without a single meltdown.

trip to the grocery store

11. When you prepare an organic homemade puree and witness some of it actually making it into baby’s mouth.

organic homemade puree

12. When you hide vegetables your kid doesn’t like inside normal food and it goes unnoticed.

hidden vegetables

13. When you can have a decent bath instead of splashing your armpits with water between meals like a cavewoman.

decent bath

14. When you can take a decent selfie with your baby.

selfie with baby

15. When your baby waits for your partner to get home before filling their diaper to full capacity, and you get to say: “You’re it!”

partner gets to change diaper

16. When your baby naps the whole way through an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

baby naps through episode

17. When you eat above your sleeping baby and don’t drop a single thing on their head.

eating over baby

18. When your baby smiles and, for the first time, you know it’s not gas.

baby smiles

Brace yourselves: Toddlerhood is coming. But in the meantime, revel in the chaos and enjoy these small triumphs that only a new mom would understand.

Sylvie Carbonneau
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