Monday, April 26, 2010

Vacations in Disguise

As a new Mom, the second time around, I've come to appreciate somethings that I never really appreciated before. The vacations in disguise. After entering into the world of sleepless nights and diaper bags (again), I'd never thought I'd look at these little events as getaways. Now I've come to cherish them and look forward to them on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. You don't really realize how creative you can be when you're searching for little pockets of peace. :) I always give credit to Moms any where, but now being a Mom of two (step Mom to four) - I bow down to those with more then one kid. Lol... I had my son & thought the world was grand. Now there are days where I wish I could either grow extra hands or either become an ostrich and stick my head in the sand. ;)
If you're a new Mom (first, second or third time around), what mini getaways have you found?
Here are a few of my own:
-- I've learned that a trip to the store (and that's any store) can be the best getaway! Lol... Of course that's if your both childless and husbandless. And yes I mean husbandless as well!!  There is something about walking aimlessly up and down the aisles that just takes your mind off of things. But hopefully it's not too hard on your wallet.
-- Car rides in between pick ups and drop offs is also a little getaway. I get the music of my choice and hopefully (if the little one is asleep in the back) it's a peaceful ride.
-- I know I've heard that bathroom time can also be used as a mini getaway, but that doesn't seem to work for me. Hmmm... Every time I get into the shower it seems I get that knock on the door - "Mom, I have to use the bathroom!!" Go figure... ;)
-- The best getaway, for me, is that wake up in the middle of the night. You don't know why or what wakes you up, but it's still dark out and the house is quiet (if your husband has happened to stop snoring). Everyone is sleeping and the house feels so still. It's at those moments when I feel surrounded by total peace. I find that I force myself to lay awake just a little while longer to just soak it all in.

So what else am I missing? I'm still functioning on less than 5 hours of sleep. I'm sure they're other getaways out there.