10.12.2007

locked out...

It finally happened. I remember people telling me stories about how their children have locked them out of their houses and for that reason I always unlock our door when I get Ethan out and have to go back for Avery or groceries etc...except for yesterday, when I didn't unlock it and I was about one foot away from being able to put my foot in the door, holding Avery's carseat and ethan, laughing in a maniacal two-year old way, thought he was playing with me and SHUT THE DOOR! I had put my keys and bag down on the kitchen table so I could get Avery out of the car. so I am stunned and standing inches away from my two-year old son with no keys to ANYTHING (read: our car to be more specific) and no cell phone...this looks bad. I am talking to Ethan through the door and telling him I can't open it (because that's what he wants me to do as he slowly works himself into a freak-out)because my keys are inside, when I remember that we put an extra key in one of those nifty magnetic boxes on our car...lucky thing! Also lucky that Avery is alseep. So I get the key (which is usually so far under the car I have to lay down to get it but this time, it was easily within reach...prayers are answered:)) Then I tell Ethan I'm going to get a key, stay where you are, I'll be right back, and leave my small child in the house and drive away. That was scary to me but I tried not to think about it. It was almost 5 and I wasn't sure when the Housing Office closed but I was hoping not at 5. I pulled into a handicapped spot at the very front of the office, left the car running (with sleeping Avery in it, so I had more motivation to get in and out quickly) and ran inside and said, "My 2 year old son has locked me out of the house and I need a key, now!" so I gave them our address and then I left and they came a couple minutes later with the key. When I got to the house, I didn't hear Ethan crying at the door and I was afraid he had wandered away to Somewhere Else and jumped off something big and was hurt..but I knocked on the door and called his name and he was right by the door still! Whew! Then they came with the key...and we both cried some more and were shaky for a few minutes after that. Scary, then we decided he should NEVER do that again. Thank heavens for the people at the housing office who unlock doors.

6 comments:

brooke said...

I am glad that nothing too serious happened. I got locked out once. . . The ONE time I didn't unlock the door as well. The wind blew the door shut.

Isaac new how to open the refrigerator and I had left him in the kitchen to go check on the bbq.

You were lucky you had a car and were dressed. I was in shorts and a tshirt (no bra), greasy hair, no makeup. I had to go around and knock on neighbors doors.

Housing took 20 MINUTES to get to my house. My neighbor was about ready to start breaking windows. We could hear Isaac crying.

So when housing pulls up they ask for my idea so they can unlock my door. I just about went crazy on the lady!

Anyway sorry for the long comment! I am happy it wasn't worse for you!

brooke said...

oops. they asked for ID not my idea :)

Lacey said...

It happened once to us too but the Hamblin's were at our house and we were able to call housing without having to leave....poor Elodie couldn't get the door open for us while we were waiting for housing and when we finally got back inside she was sitting at the table with her head in her hands..it was a sad sight! She learned her lesson though! It's never happened again!

Audrey said...

Ryanna locked me out at the same age with the same idea of fun in mind.
I wasn't nearly as cool about it as you were. I waited for OVER an hour to get someone from housing to get me in the house again. Can you believe it? My neighbor was calling the housing office for me and it kept hanging up on her over and over. I was so mad that when we finally got in there, I told her and Derek to not speak to me until I cooled off. Oh was I angry. She freaked out about it too, but didn't have the strength to open the door. I better stop, I'm getting upset thinking about it again.

Elise said...

ETHAN... I am glad to hear that he was okay! He was probabaly really freaked out being all alone. Good thing Avery was sleeping... what a blessing! We miss you guys so much! Lucky Kraig gets to come and visit at the end of the month.

Rachael said...

Wow, glad everything was fine in the end, but that must have been really stressful! That reminds me of when I was about 4 years old and was at a friends house and their two year old locked herself in the bathroom. I was the only one small enough to get in through the bathroom window to unlock the door. I felt very important! That doesn't really relate to your story, but I don't have kids to lock me out of my house yet, so I had to share something :-)