Mother of the Year

9.15.2011


Yep, that’s me.  I know we all have our moments but yesterday was a complete Mommy fail for me. It was pretty bad and I hope it’s the worst we encounter because my nerves honestly couldn’t handle much else. So why do I deserve the Mother of the Year award, you ask? Well here’s what happened:
It was around 5:00 in the evening and I was doing my usual routine of picking up the house from the day’s fun. I laid Emerson down on her playmat while I straightened up. I noticed that the trash in the kitchen needed to be taken out so I slipped on my shoes and headed out the front door. As I was going out I left the door slightly ajar, but then thought about the a/c and decided to shut it behind me. As it was swinging closed the panic set in. I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to say. Yes- it was locked. I am the mother who locked herself outside and her 4 month old baby inside. All of the exterior doors on our house lock automatically. I knew this, yet I still shut the door behind me.

I think I just stood there and stared at the door for at least 15 seconds trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do. I didn’t have my cell phone and I don’t know any of Jesse’s numbers off the top of my head so I couldn’t ask to use the neighbor’s phone. I ran to the guard hut at the front of our compound and asked if they had a key to our villa. Of course they didn’t and this is when the tears started flowing. I tried explaining to him that I wasn’t just locked out, but that my baby- my sweet little, helpless baby- was locked inside all by herself. I asked the guard if there were any other embassy people in the compound and he directed me to their villa. I knocked on their door and as soon as someone came to the door I broke down. Through tears I tried to explain that I was the worst Mommy in history and that I had locked my baby inside our house.

Luckily for me, she was able to call the embassy and get the message to Jesse right away. I walked back over to our villa and just stood there blubbering. I put my ear up to the door and listened for crying but couldn’t hear anything.  Then I remembered that we have glass block windows on one side of the house that look into the living room. Through the glass I could see the toys that hang from Emerson’s playmat moving and swinging, so I knew she was okay. I couldn’t actually see her because the couch was blocking my view but I knew if her toys were moving she was playing with them and was probably just fine.

Fast forward about 15 minutes (the longest 15 minutes of my life) and Jesse came zooming into our compound. As soon as I saw him, I completely lost it. I couldn’t even get the words out to explain what had happened. He unlocked the door and we walked in to find my sweet girl, happy as a clam, cooing and playing on her playmat. I honestly don’t even think she realized I was gone. I was pretty distraught shaken up for the rest of the night but so very thankful that everything turned out okay.  Talk about SCARY!
And that, my friends, is why I deserve to be Mother of the Year.
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Lauren said...

I'm totally paranoid I'm going to do something similar when I put him in the car/start the car and then unload the groceries (so I'm a freak and roll down the window).

You're a great mommy!

Brittney Galloway said...

Aww, I'm so glad you were able to find someone to call the embassy! I would have been a blubbering mess as well!

Lyndsey said...

I always freak out that I'm going to accidentally lock Liam in the car! Emerson is just fine though so all is well!

Mom said...

We all of have our moments. I am sure that was a long 15 minutes. Don't be so hard on yourself. Love you

Ashley D. said...

I locked my daughter in the car once while I was pumping gas. I had to call the police, and I just knew they were going to turn me into Child Protective Services! It was awful! I hear ya, girl! But, you aren't a terrible mommy. You're normal. Congratulations! :)

The Jeffcoats said...

Bless your heart!!!! I know how scary that is, unfortunately. Jackson wasn't 4 months old..he was about 23 months old and I locked myself out of the house w/him in it and he could see me through the window (and that I was crying), so he went and got his play tool set to "work on the door". Michael had to fly home in the police car (from 35 min. away!) and it was the worst feeling! But like everyone has said- you aren't a bad mommy!! You're just normal my friend!! Emerson is lucky to have such a caring mommy!!! :)

Kelly said...

Oh you poor thing. We will all inevitibly do something like this, so try not to beat yourself up about it. I'm glad that you were able to reach your husband and he was able to get there so quickly.

Mateya said...

Oh gosh it happens...and like you said she probably didn't even notice you were gone!

Michelle said...

I feel so bad for you. But I agree, I think all moms will probably encounter a moment like this at some time. Luckily it all turned out fine - and I bet it will never happen again!

Natalie said...

I would be totally freaked out as well! But girl, give yourself some grace...we all mess up sometimes! Praise God she was just fine :)

Darlene said...

Oh you poor thing! Wow I can't even imagine the fear and utter emotion you must have gone through in those 15 minutes. So glad it all worked out and she didn't even know what happened!

ajs {of MN} said...

its not like i want to say "i know how you felt" but get this... on the 4th of july {baby was 7 days old!} we had JUST bought a new car and we drove over to my moms house- we all got out the car at the same time and.... yup.... you got it!!! we locked baby in the car! it was a total mystery as to how this actually happened {long story} but after 15 minutes {THE LONGEST post pregnancy hormonal 15 minutes of MY LIFE} my husband came to the rescue after rushing home for the spare to unlock the doors. she was fast asleep and kept cool the entire time but it was HORRIBLE!

Allison said...

You are far from the worst mother and you should totally be nominated for mother of the year. I'm not a mother, but I can only imagine the panic and anxiety you went through in those LONG 15 minutes. {Big hugs your way}

Gina said...

Oh this is one of my biggest fears when I have to take the dog out (we don't have a fenced in yard yet). I did this once before (pre-Payton) and luckily had my phone with me. Now when I have to run the dog out, I take my phone AND my keys!

Julie said...

That's like when Landan looked himself in our safe room last year. I was the same way. You're still a good mommy!

cait said...

I just had tears in my eyes reading this...Emerson is blessed to have a momma that will do whatever it takes to make sure she's safe and loved. You're a good momma!!

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