By Tracy M
Sometimes all I want is to get away from my children. Don’t get me wrong, I would lie down in front of a freight train for all of them- but some days, I just simply want a break. Every mom of young kids knows this feeling.
Today, as I was trying to go pee (sorry if that’s too graphic, but hey, we talk about poop all the time) and into the bathroom first came Beanie, then my kindergartner trailed, then my husband followed, to see “what I was doing”, and he was holding the baby. Gee, Hon, what’s it look like I’m doing?? Could ya’ll just go away for about 2 minutes?? Pleeeeeease? Five of us in the bathroom, mom sitting on the potty. Cool.
Then, later, I was in the shower. Ahhhhhh. Alone at last. Night showers are a nice thing- I like them. So I am soaped up, shampooing my hair, water as hot as I can stand it, and when I open my eyes, Beanie is sitting on a stool, staring in the shower door.
Startled, I ask “What are you doing in here?” and begin to rinse the suds from my tangled hair. (and where is your dad, I think…)
“Hi mama!” he chirps, and sets his chin on his hands resting upon his knees. “I wanna shower, too, mama!” *Sigh*.
“Beanie, go find dad, please. You can have a shower later. Mama will be out in a minute…” (I’m gonna strangle DH…)
Closing my eyes, I being the arduous task of untangling my curly hair, helped with gobs of conditioner. A breeze fills the shower, disturbing my concentration.
“Hi Mama!” I jump, as now Beanie is naked and IN the shower with me. “I’m takin a shower with you, MAMA!” (Why yes, son. So you are. *sigh* And your father will be sleeping on the couch tonight.)
Just a few minutes. Just some sanity saving alone time. Just…just…just…just a minute, I’ll be right there! (*sigh*)
So what do you do to get your sanity? How do you carve out a few precious moments for yourself, all that you need some days to make the difference between being an awesome mom, and being coat hanger mom?