I Never Knew I Would Need A Mom Cave - 3 Unusual Places Mom Can Take A Breather

I Never Knew I Would Need A Mom Cave - 3 Unusual Places Mom Can Take A Breather

Before I had kids I never thought about needing a place I could go to take a breather.  Back then anyplace other than work pretty much served this purpose — home, vacation, the movies, a restaurant etc.  I was in my mid-30s when baby #1 came along and there was a moment where we were worried about being able to have a baby at all, so of course I was all sorts of excited to be a mom and I just knew that I would want to be around my baby constantly until they were 26, relishing every moment!  It wasn’t until I actually had my first child (about 2 hours after she had come into the world) that I realized:

1.) Why a mom would need or want to get away from her child(ren)

and

2.) The lengths I would go to to arrange everything so I could momentarily escape without the entire family being sent into a whirling frenzy in my absence.

For me, the typical ‘Man Cave’ conjures images of a windowless basement room complete with  a big screen TV, leather furniture, gaming system, sports memorabilia and a mini fridge.  Although I don’t really need one, I have spent some time imagining my ideal ‘Mom Cave’.  This place of respite might include a day bed, a recliner, a TV with QVC access, an assortment of DVDs, bottled waters, a soothing sound machine, a laptop, heating pads, and snacks of peppermint patties, pistachios and wasabi peas.  While it is nice to dream, the fact is that if I had a Mom Cave, I would feel too guilty to go into it for any length of time.  If I did retreat into it, I’m pretty sure that Thing 1 and Thing 2 would be whining at the door to be let in as soon as they noticed my absence.  After seeing the 2 year old manipulate the iPad, I’m also sure that short of a retinal scan, Thing 2 would be into the cave, flinging wasabi peas in less than 5 minutes.

If you’re in the same boat, I am offering you some unique (if not glamorous) retreats for moms that I have discovered in my ongoing quest for temporary alone-ness.  These are places where you can get peace and quiet (or at least peace) for a few hours or even just a few minutes.

1.)  Doctor’s/Dentist’s Office – This is one of my favorite mom retreats (assuming it is an appointment where the Boy and the Girl don’t accompany me).  I always leave for my appointments early and I’ve even been known to linger in the office after my appointment.  Take your 3 week old People magazine that you haven’t had a minute to read and luxuriate while you wait (or else you know you will be stuck reading the office copy of Parents – ugh!).  I remember talking to my sister about how awesome long waits at the doctors office are once you have kids.  We were talking about it like it was a visit to the spa!  Root canal? Colonoscopy? Anything requiring me to drink something foul and be tested hours later?  Mom Cave!

2.)  Closet – Yep, I said it, the closet.  I’ll admit that I am a bit closet-spoiled.  Although our square footage in the rest of the house is not egregious, the master closet is massive and even has a window.  Some closets may not be conducive, but some days I’d be willing to curl up on the 2nd wire shelf of the linen closet if it meant I could have 45 ‘Mommy!’-free seconds.  One weekend last December I left my husband on kid duty while I retreated into the closet to wrap presents.  I stole the kids mini dvd player and watched a movie while wrapping gifts and drinking my coffee for several hours.  Add sound machine to drown out the occasional screaming from the first floor and it was perfect.  Note:  Remember to bring a snack!  I went in snack-less and quickly realized that I could not show my face in the kitchen without much fanfare from the Boy and the Girl wondering where I was going and where I had been.  I ended up eating the only food I had in the closet with me — the king sized pack of peppermint patties I had purchased for my sister for Christmas out of necessity.  Sorry Jean.  Mom Cave! 

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