Sunday, May 31, 2009

Another First Milestone

"Miss Tracey, where's Corinne?" asked the neighbor boy who was playing with my kids and about 4 other neighborhood kids in my house on Saturday.

"Hmm? Oh. Um... yeah, she's upstairs or something..." said as I was reading a riveting post or updating a blog or renewing library books online.

"I looked for her, but can't find her." he said.

RED ALERT. Corinne has disappeared! This (sadly) happens more than I care to admit. She is a slippery little stinker who thinks she is 13 instead of 3 with "rights" which include being allowed to come and go as she pleases.

I began to yell for her as I didn't see her in the backyard (my first spot to search when she turns up missing). When she didn't answer my first 3 calls and when my next 2 calls of "You are SCARING MOMMY! WHERE ARE YOUUUUU?!?" I began to truly freak out....

Moments before I called 911, the kids shouted, "She's in the backyard!!"

And she was. There was my darling daughter, swinging without permission. To make things even better, she was in her SWIMSUIT. In her WET swimsuit, as she had gotten changed, left the house without slamming the screen door and went to the neighbors' slip n slide!

Can you say "grounded?" My toddler got GROUNDED for cryin out loud! She spent half an hour on her bed (crying) and then the rest of the night in the house with her nose pressed against the screen door while the entire neighborhood gathered in our backyard for a spontaneous hang-out session. She felt the pain, my friends. I am so overjoyed that she missed out on the fun (including launching rockets at the park with Daddy) because leaving the house unsupervised is NOT COOL.

20 comments:

Leah said...

How scary. I hope she has learned her lesson.

I fear Zack walking out of my house unsupervised, he would take off in a heartbeat to explore all the areas I don't let him go.

we are reilly said...

it's it nice when you discipline your children and take away priviledges and there just 'happens' to be something fun they want to do at the right time -- so, they don't get to do it? I don't know why that makes me feel good too -- just so they can really feel the effects of the dicipline...call me mean!

Mike said...

Yes, it's not.


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Mom24 said...

So scary. I hope she learned something.

I can't even imagine.

Would-Be Bonus Mom said...

AAAAAHHHH.

If my 4 year old ever did that I would ground her & then some!!!!!

So glad she is safe!

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

As you know, we had our own little .. ah ... incident recently.

My first two would never have thought to stray away from home so this is new to us. The scary thing is that our neighbors don't have slip n slides. They have big, deep swimming pools.

KentuckyGal said...

I so hear you on this one. When we lived in an ocean of apartments in Ft. Worth, we would not let the children go outside at all without one of us being there. Here in small-town Kentucky, things are a little more relaxed ... but not much. Glad to hear everything turned out okay for you.

Jeni said...

Yikes, you're right, she is 3 going on 13. What a stinker :).

Tonya said...

oh man I fear that will be my youngest!

Kami's Khlopchyk said...

Oh my word, I woudl have grounded here too...how terrifying. I am glad she was found and hope she learned her lesson, for both your sakes!

pattyandthemoos said...

She sounds like my daughters. I have two boys and two girls and I will tell you my girls are the biggest stinkers. They have done this same sort of thing to me.

mom2three said...

what a story, sadly this happens to the best of us. I am glad she was okay.

CaraBee said...

I have daymares all the time about that exact situation!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

What is it with the 3 year olds?? Actually, my older two were never like Gray. Not sure what's up with that.

Steph

Beck said...

SCARY!
My 3 year old once RAN AWAY with a 3 year old buddy. A very pregnant friend was visiting me and my newborn and we were running around desperately trying to find our errant kids. WORST FEELING EVER.

They were playing in our shed.

Prairie Girl said...

Came by your blog via Mighty Morphin' Mama - this is totally something I could see my Toddler doing and she's not even 2 yet!

I know it's not always easy to share something like this on a blog space, but it certainly helps those of us who might soon be experiencing a similar stage.

Glad to hear she was ok!

anymommy said...

Yikes. Hopefully she'll remember that pain and tell you when she leaves. Ess lost treats for a day in February and I forgot it was the Valentine party at school. Whew! Talk about making a big impression. She mourned that pink cupcake for weeks.

Christina said...

Oh, I would have freaked out too. Mira has already figured out how to open doors, so I'm scared she'll be doing the same thing soon. I'm always nervous if I can't see my kids.

Lisa Jo Rudy said...

Yeep!! I get so freaked out when that happens... but that moment when you realize your little one has NOT disappeared is so amazing. You suddenly realize how huge "the power of small" can really be!

Lisa

Michelle said...

oh what an absolutely scary moment (or several moments actually) that must have been; thank goodness she was ok!

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