Almost had a terrible accident :(

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SoCaliLover's picture
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Almost had a terrible accident :(

So this week, Zayden is on spring break. His school has a spring break camp which is good but instead of dropping off at 7:30 the earliest the kids can get there is 8:30. Since I have to be at work at 8, DH is taking him all week.

Got up this morning, got dressed, got ready to go. Hunted Z down to give him goodbye kisses and he was being all silly and squirmy. DH jumped in the shower and Z was watching TV.

Grabbed my coffee, locked went out to the car, started up my car. Couldn't see out of my rear window cause it was foggy (normal this time of the year). (Thankfully) stopped for a sec to see if I had something in my car, put my car in reverse, took off the handbrake, started to back up, glanced in my side mirror --too see Zayden running right behind my car up to the side. Had I reversed two seconds earlier I would have hit him.

Slammed on the brakes, turn of the car and grab him. He wanted one more giant squeeze hug and a few other hugs for good measure. Ran back into the house, he'd unlocked the door, left it wide open. I should have screamed at him but how do you scold him for wanting hugs and besides I was shaking at that point. Took him up to daddy who did scold him for running out in the driveway.

He started crying when I left so Daddy took him out to the front deck so he could see mommy leave. I was shaking half the way to work cause it really was so close.

We need to put a lock on the front door high enough he cannot reach!

SID081108's picture
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YIKES AMY!!!! That is scary!! Luckily our front door deadbolt is really hard to open and Sophia can't open it, but I'm sure one of these days she will figure it out. But right about the time I leave for work every day the neighbor kids at the end of the culdesac are walking to the bus stop (on the sidewalk past our house) and every morning I have to mentally remind myself to look for them before I start backing up. We have a rear backing camera in my car which helps but of course it doesn't have peripheral vision so it does not solve everything, like a kid coming out of nowhere. And these kids do not look for cars AT ALL, they would walk right behind you without a care in the world. I am so scared I'm going to hit them one day.

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:lurk:

oh how scary! Thank goodness nothing happened. That was one of those freak things you just can't expect to happen!

SoCaliLover's picture
Joined: 12/07/06
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Thanks guys -- I am just going to have to be MUCH more careful in the future. It is very rare to be in that position since I usually take Z to school in the am. I have been after DH for putting a higher deadbolt since we moved in. We need to redo the locks ANYWAY and now I have an even better reason. We have also talked about going in and out of the garage --though right now we have too much junk in it -- and just keep the chain on the front door. He cant reach the chain but has no trouble with the deadbolt.

I do want a rear backing camera on my next car-- or at the least those beeping alarms like DH's truck has when something is behind you.

AshnBill's picture
Joined: 11/06/06
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Oh my, that is SO scary.

SoCaliLover's picture
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The worst part is I am FURIOUS with DH who was supposed to be watching him and getting him ready. He had no idea that Z had thrown open the door and run out till I brought him back in. DH is fine with him being downstairs etc by himself and but it makes me so nervous for exactly this reason! I remind him that Z is still only three!

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This is my worst nightmare. Lyla gets in major trouble when she goes outside without asking. We have a shared driveway with our neighbor. It's kind of a weird Y shape, it meets the road in one lane, but is separate where we park. It is narrow and tricky to back out of. Our neighbors are constantly going in and out of the driveway (they have 2 teenagers). We have to really be careful about the girls going out. Luckily Lyla cannot get out of the front door when it is locked. We either have someone watch her or she is locked in the house. Lo's are so hard to see from a car, and they don't have the reaction time to get out of the way.

I am so glad Z is just fine. Such a close call.

Joined: 06/03/07
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Oh.My.Gosh. So scary. Thank goodness nothing happened.

Tanylisa's picture
Joined: 08/30/07
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Oh how scary, so glad all is ok! Kids move so darn quick. A few weeks ago Jack almost had a nasty fall down our basement stairs on a ride on toy, I caught him just in time, my heart went to my stomach!

SoCaliLover's picture
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I'm ON to you kid!

Today he tried the same thing, or at least I knew it would be coming. As I was getting ready to leave he came running and wanted "a hundred squeeze hugs". And then blocked to door cause he didn't want me to leave cause it was too foggy. Grabbed him, handed him to DH and told him he WAS going to hold on to him until I was out of the driveway. DH took him upstairs to watch me leave from the window.

I think we are going to rearrange the garage a little this weekend so we can start coming and going through there and just keep the front door chain on. At least that way, if he tried to follow me by opening the garage, I would see him coming.

Normally I take him to school so this is rarely an issue. I think he is feeling a little put off by the change of routine and misses his mommy time.

SID081108's picture
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Routines are so important for all of us...you know those horrible stories about parents leaving their kids in the car all day until they die? It is almost always because there was a change of routine (a different parent had to take the kid to school, or the parent did something outside of their normal routine that morning, etc). I always get really stressed out when the routine is different because as much as you want to hate those people when something like that happens, I do believe it could happen to anyone in the right set of circumstances.

And Tanya, scary about the ride-on toy down the stairs! We have a gate at the top of our stairs and when my parents were here my mom went down and forgot to latch the gate. I was in the bathroom getting ready, and DH came out of the bedroom to find Layla clinging to the wrong side of the gate (the stair side!) She was that close to falling down the stairs. Luckily they are carpeted and it probably wouldn't have been as bad as going down them on a ride-on toy, but it had us freaked out for a minute too!

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scary !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

glad all is OK

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