A Mother’s Work (& Giveaway!)

by Jessica Shyba on April 17, 2012

in Food,Lifestyle,Parenting

When I think of the word “accomplishment”, my brain goes back to the days when I was in school and working a full time job: Finished papers, deadlines met, finalized expense reports. I certainly don’t think of the 14 diapers I changed, or the three meals I prepared for my family, or the bathroom I cleaned all within the last 12 hours. In fact, when I was asked to write about a notable recent accomplishment, I drew a complete blank. My life as a mother of three little children is a cycle of tasks and math equations, all beginning and ending in the same exact place. In the morning, I have two hours to get all of them fed, cleaned, dressed and ready for the next activity. We navigate the peaks and valleys until 7:00 rolls around and we’re back to the beginning again.

I’m going on five years of this, but some things are still hard to get used to. My days are full, my life is full. But my life and days are also full of unfinished projects, dishes left in the sink unwashed, bills unpaid, myself even sometimes unkempt. Some days an accomplishment can be 20 photos edited, a blog post published and emails responded to on top of a perfectly managed day with the kids. Other days, accomplishment can simply mean my teeth are brushed before I go to bed.

On Saturday our normally shy, quiet little boy put on a uniform and joined 15 children his age and older and played in his first tee-ball game. He batted, threw and caught balls and even made a few new friends. He’s growing up so quickly and leaving behind the insecurities associated with his speech delay. Watching his confidence blossom is one of the most wonderful things that I’ve seen as a parent.

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The big kids started swim lessons at the local Y on Sunday. Jack jumped into the water on his own, through his tears of apprehension. This is a boy that is quite fearful that he “not can breathe” in the water, and he fought right through that fear on his own. He’s not convinced that he wants to go back, but we’re past the initial difficult part.

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I may not have had many concrete accomplishments the past few weeks, but there have been many milestones and as a parent that TOTALLY counts.

Raising children isn’t just work, it’s my greatest accomplishment.

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Quaker recently realized a goal that they have worked on a long time: Their new Crunchy Cookies and Soft Baked Cookies. Their newest products are available in several flavors , are 170-180 calories each, made with whole grains and contain zero trans fats. I’m a sucker for a cookie, and these are nice because their individually wrapped and actually taste good (microwave them for a few seconds and hello, mega treat!).

In honor of accomplishing their goal, Quaker and I are excited to offer one of you a $75 Visa gift card to help you reach one of your goals.

To Enter:

Leave a comment telling us something you recently accomplished. It can be anything (obviously)!

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Contest will run from today, April 18th until next Friday, April 27th. Winner will be selected randomly. Good luck!

I was compensated for this campaign with Quaker. Quaker is also providing the prize. All opinions are my own.

{ 96 comments }

Krystal H. April 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I was pretty proud of myself last week! I created a “things I want to accomplish list” and I actually got all of them done; including painting the walls and ceiling of my son’s new playroom.

Krystal H. April 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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Katie S. April 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

As a stay-home mother of 3 young girls I decided since 2 of them are in school I should attempt to contribute to the family financials by adding a baby boy to the mix! Boy has he rocked my world! Sure he’s only here 7 am – 5 pm but juggling that extra kid has thrown me for a loop…my biggest accomplishment today…the breakfast dished got cleaned up before lunch, i’ve done 2 loads of laundry and my 3 year old has clothes on, teeth brushed and hair combed…and we don’t even have to leave the house today!

Krystal H. April 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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Michelle April 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I’ve accomplished my whole “to do” list already and it’s only 12 noon! Yahoo!!

meekasmommy April 17, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Hmmm… When asked to think of things like this, I ALWAYS draw a blank! But one recent accomplishment I’m proud to have survived is my first *real* car-trip with my daughter (6 hours!) – and her first trip to where I grew up!

Mami2jcn April 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I did 100 sit ups this morning…does that count?

Mami2jcn April 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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Jessie C. April 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I finished spring cleaning and get our organic garden started.

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Alaine88 April 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I recently finished redecorating our guest bedroom.
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Angie K. April 17, 2012 at 7:02 pm

I am not sure I have accomplished it yet — but we are in the midst of potty training and this morning we had NO accidents. Yay!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Angie K. April 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

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Anastasia @ eco-babyz April 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Let’s see, today in spite of having to take care of an infant and toddler I got food shopping done in the morning, sold something on craigslist right after, made my husband’s dinner for work, and had a guest over – a new friend that came over for a cloth diaper consultation – all before 2pm. That’s rare! Oh, and my infant is sleeping so I can ‘work’ while toddler watches a cartoon :)

Anastasia @ eco-babyz April 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

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Anastasia @ eco-babyz April 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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Monica S. April 17, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I just gave birth! That counts, right?! :)

Monica S. April 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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Monica S. April 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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Jessica F April 18, 2012 at 2:42 am

Two weeks ago I started my first full time job! I think it’s an accomplishment consistently getting out of bed by 7 am every day :)

Jessica F April 18, 2012 at 2:46 am

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Madeline April 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

My “big” accomplishment has been to actually stick with my New Year’s resolution to exercise consistently this year.

Madeline April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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jeannine s April 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I recently accomplished getting my toddler to pee on the toliet

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Marta April 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I think those are great accomplishments. I tend to feel the same way with you that accomplishments are hard to measure when you think of the specifics. Is taking a shower truly an accomplishment? Sometimes it feels like it. But honestly accomplishments are made every day through our kids. My 18 month old is in a huge phase where she must do everything on her own. Our recent accomplishment is that she sits in a big kid chair (refusing her high chair) and feeds herself yogurt with a spoon. Her autonomy is adorable, frightening and feels like quite the accomplishment!

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anash April 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

something i accomplished, i fed my kids, bathd them, hugged them! to me that is an accomplishment and most mothers dont realize it! Thanks for a super giveaway!

anash April 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

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Thanks for this lovely giveaway!

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anash April 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

I follow them on twitter @anashct3
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Summer April 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Probably small potatoes to some, but I’ve accomplished learning to sew cute little skirts for my cute little girl! :)

Summer April 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

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Summer April 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I became a fan of Quaker on Facebook :)

CGows April 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

One (small, but significant accomplishment) is getting my spring cleaning done in our normally messy bedroom!

Cgows April 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

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CGows April 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm

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Andrea Oft April 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I took my 4 year old twins on 2 airplane rides by myself last week and we all made it to and from our destinations happy as did the passengers around us.

Andrea Oft April 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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AmyK April 23, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I recently accomplished a move to another state. Got us unpacked and settled into our new home…with a toddler. Felt like a major accomplishment to get it done.

AmyK April 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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Lyndsey April 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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lyndsey April 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Recently I have accomplished birthday planning. We usually have it easy when it comes to birthdays. Rent a hall, buy the cake and present, put together goody bags, and show up. BAM …. done. This year however is the first year that we are in our own house. We have an enormous back yard so instead of spend the money on a hall we decided to utilize our home. Our oldest daughter turned 9 on April 20. This weekend we will be having a carnival party in our back yard. I have been planning this party for her since October 2011. It’s funny how meticulous and overboard you can get when planning a party.. or at least I found out the hard way that I am this way. So as of this saturday, after many months of planning we have accomplished an awesome meticulously planned carnival party with homemade games, food, and goodie bags :)

Jill M April 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

This weekend, in addition to participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change and helping set a new world record for most cloth diaper changes at a time, we also did a major spring cleaning and got rid of lots of the stuff we don’t use any more. It feels great to be clutter free!

Jill M April 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Followed Quaker on Facebook. (I eat their awesome oatmeal every single day!)

Jill M April 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Followed Momma’s Gone City on Facebook.

Jill M April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Followed Quaker on Twitter. @twinsincloth

Jill M April 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Followed Momma’s Gone City on twitter – @twinsincloth

Carrie R April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This past weekend I finally updated and redesigned by blog, and started blogging again. I had took a couple months off from my blog after giving birth to my daughter in February. I have a goal of being a stay-at-home mom as long as I can, and I am hoping my blog will help me accomplish that. :)

Carrie R April 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I liked Quaker on Facebook. :)

Carrie R April 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I already like Mommas Gone City on Facebook. :)

Carrie R April 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I just started following Quaker on Twitter. :)

Carrie R April 23, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I just started following MommasGoneCity on Twitter- @suburghiafoodie

Nicole April 25, 2012 at 1:08 am

I actually took all ten kids of mine to Florida. Driving. 20+ hours. Accomplished. First vacation in over ten years. I feel proud. And broke.

Jodee April 25, 2012 at 2:16 am

Recently my 6 year old graduated from Kindergarten. It was our first year of homeschooling and I taught him to read!

Kristin S. April 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I am going to be flying to California this weekend and leaving my son for longer then 8 hours for the first time. Just booking the flight was an accomplishment.

kristin S. April 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

I “Like” Momma’s Gone City on Facebook

kristin S. April 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

I follow Momma’s Gone City on Twitter

A.Smith April 26, 2012 at 1:36 am

Actually, something that I’m really proud of is teaching my daughter to skip. She started out skipping sort of like Elaine from Seinfeld dances if you know what I mean so getting the rhythm correct has taken quite some time. Success has found us however and we are happily skipping together now :)

A.Smith April 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

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I’m following Quaker on Twitter – asmithonline

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Julie April 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

I overcame my “fear” of making a lemon meringue pie…sounds probably trivial but ….:) thanks

Julie April 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

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Deanna G. April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I just cleaned my whole bathroom. :)

Deanna G. April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I like Quaker on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

Deanna G. April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I like Momma’s Gone City on Facebook. (Deanna Cali)

Deanna G. April 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I follow @Quaker on Twitter. (@calidreamin87)

Deanna G. April 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I follow @MommasGoneCity on Twitter. (@calidreamin87)

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