Divorced Mom Spends Thousands on Lifelike Dolls After Kids Moved in With Dad | 22 Words

A divorced mom whose children left to live with their dad has spent thousands of dollars on lifelike dolls to help her cope.

And some find the whole thing a little unsettling...

Loneliness is one of the hardest emotions to live with, as I think we've all experienced this past year...

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And it can make people do some pretty strange things.

While some people might buy pets to fill the void...

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One woman has taken things to a whole new level...

Forty-two-year-old Liz Watson from Virginia has been a "reborn mother" since 2016...

She has even built an entire nursery for her dolls.

And people have a lot to say about it...

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The dolls are made from silicone and vinyl and are meant to mimic human babies...

Liz admits they help her deal with the loss of her 2 oldest children, who moved away to live with their father Steve.

They left following their divorce back in January 2010...

Liz made the difficult decision to move herself and her 2 oldest children to live with her now-husband, Jeff, and their eighteen-month-old daughter.

However, her two oldest children struggled with the move and decided it was best they move back in with their dad.

Liz says that she felt a deep sense of loss, and worried she would miss out on the lives of her children Dylan, fifteen, and Asher, thirteen.

This is when Liz decided to delve into the world of reborn baby dolls.

Liz's collection has grown exponentially, and she now has nine reborn baby dolls: Juniper Anne, Willa Jane, Nixon Grey, Benedict Arthur, Jax Ethan, Crevan Ridge, Paisley Rye, Isla Blu, and Oaklyn Elise.

Liz's dolls all have an age range between newborn to twelve months old...

Although reborn dolls might be a little creepy for some, they've helped Liz through an extremely difficult period in her life, providing comfort and relief to her.

Liz is unable to put a price on how much money she has spent so far.

Although, the average reborn doll can range from $350 to $1,500... so it's certainly not cheap.

Liz has even created a functioning nursery for her reborn dolls...

Including a crib, a wardrobe, a changing table, and shelving to store diapers, baby toiletries, and accessories. She also stores her dolls in the room.

"Making the decision for Dylan and Asher to live with their father was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made," said Liz.

"It was like giving my children up for adoption. In the back of my head, I had haunting thoughts like, 'Will they even remember that they spent half of their childhood living in my home?' and, 'Will my other two children remember the times we shared and grow up being close to their older brother and sister?'

"Every day it feels like death. Every day, I think about the moments that I've missed. It haunts me. It keeps me up late at night with panic attacks sometimes. The dolls really give me comfort because I connect them with the feelings I had of being a mother to my two older children when they were young. I know these dolls won't grow up, they won't get taken from me, a divorce will not affect my ability to care for them. I know they will never leave me."

She continued...

"You always hear people talk about how time flies by so quickly and it isn't until you've watched your kids grow up in the blink of an eye, that you realize how true this actually is. My time as a mother of babies is over and in some ways, I wish it weren't. Although it's obviously not exactly the same, my reborn dolls help me relive that part of my life. I have one room in my house set up like a real nursery and it includes a crib, a wardrobe, a changing table, and shelving. The other part of the room can function as a guest bedroom although it is mostly just used as my happy place."

Liz admits that some friends and family find the dolls unsettling, while others are shocked by the realism.

"Most of my close friends and family know about my collection of reborn babies. Most of them think that it is a strange hobby and some even find them creepy," she said. "I would say in general, most people in my life think these dolls are very strange and yet also very amazing at the same time. I do actually have a few friends that love them and wish they could afford one of their own. Initially, the realism of these dolls induced an amount of stress on my husband. They somehow released the same stress he felt with the pressure to protect and provide for our own 'living' children. He supports me in the hobby the best that he can. He has allowed me to convert one of the rooms in our house to a nursery for my reborns and he doesn't complain much when I continually add dolls to my collection."

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