Oh boy, people. I totally won the MOM OF THE YEAR award today. Because that does exist, to be awarded by the powers that be to only the most worthy. And I am clearly sooooo worthy (just ask my kids! ha. ha.).
Ryan is starting an in-home daycare soon, just one day a week to socialize with other kids and to hopefully allow me some time to work from home. Anyway, we were there today dropping off some paperwork…
When we left, I was getting Rebecca into her car seat while Ryan climbed in through the front. He calls it the “easy way” to his seat, lol.
Then I went to buckle Ryan in his seat and I shut the door.
I was locked out.
Ryan must have hit the auto lock button while climbing through – little stinker – and all 4 doors were locked. After the utter disbelief at my situation, I had a brief moment of total panic… I mean, it’s 100 degrees out today, I’m on the side of the road miles from home, no spare key, and my two children (one just a 4 month old baby) are locked inside.
But thank the heavens my car was on with the AC blasting and both children were strapped safely in their car seats!!! and Rebecca was drifting off to sleep, so no screaming either.
So here’s me… on the side of the road… trying to yell through the window to Ryan. “Unlock the door!!! See that knob? Right there. No, over a little more… yea, right there! Push it! Yea, push it! Come on, Ryan, you can do it! Okay, try again! Ohhh, so close, try again, baby!” as people are driving by and out walking their dogs (who does that in 100 degree humid heat?!).
Ryan can’t quite reach the lock so I start to tell him to unbuckle himself–great lesson, right? Just let yourself out of your carseat, kid! But he just stared at me. And I know he could get that buckle off if he wanted to, lol.
Dripping sweat and getting a bit nervous, I run back to the daycare lady’s house. I tell her, a bit breathlessly and probably a bit too panicky, what happened. She smiled (and maybe laughed at me a little? lol) and suggested she call the local police to come open my car. PHEW, okay!
I ran back to my car, pulled on Ryan’s car door, and.…. it opened! HALLELUJAH! He was still completely buckled in his seat so he must have just tried a little harder while I was gone, reached the door lock, and pushed it open! He was sitting as calm as could be and said “I opened it for you!” while I kissed him allllllllllllll over. Then I ran back to the house and told the very nice lady “nevermind!” and mumbled something about being completely embarrassed.
On the drive home, Ryan and I had a nice talk about locking and unlocking car doors and what’s appropriate and what is not. FYI, locking mommy outside is NOT.
So. I’ll take my Mom of the Year award anytime now. Kthanks. and someone PLEASE tell me that this has happened to you??? I’d be willing to share my award.