Note to Self--need spare key

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Note to Self--need spare key

Wow, today has been interesting, and its only 9:30. We left for school this morning, I was in a hurry as I was supposed to have a dentist appointment at 8. As we were leaving, I heard the garbage truck coming so waited. Oh he loved me for that. Tuesday mornings, if we time it right, he watches the garbage man come into our cul de sac--always the same guy --who always waves and honks his air horn which just makes Z so excited. (Am so sure our neighbors appreciate that since its at 7am)

Anyway I digress.

Garbage man comes and goes and I tell Z its time to jump in his car seat. As I am strapping him in, I put my keys in his cup holder which he immediately picks up and throws over to the drivers side. No big deal. Strap him in, shut the door, go over to my drivers side door.......

......and realize it is locked. Run around to Z's door.......

........which is also locked.

We sometimes keep our back door open for the cats so I ran in the house to find the spare key, all the time realizing that I have no idea where it is since I have not seen it since we moved.

Course my cell is in my purse, which is also in the car. We don't have a working landline so I run next door and borrow the neighbors phone (who are just waking up probably due to aforementioned garbage truck air horn.

Call the police, they patch me to the fire department who tells me to make sure no on breaks the window and they will be right out. (Didn't call AAA since they typically are a 30-45 minute wait)

Nice fire truck drives into the neighborhood, complete with lights and sirens. Five guys get out and go to work on my car. One guy is calming me down, since I was hysterical, and said he has plenty of air (gee thanks, I'm not that bad) and they weren't really worried about it unless it was hot. I apologized several times and did explain I called them cause I could not wait for AAA, he said they have the same kits as AAA and not to worry....but that I needed to go get a spare key, ya think????

They get into my car in 5 minutes or less and I grab Z out, who is happily waving at the firemen through the window and showing them his blankie.

Get him out so he can watch the firetruck leave, completely with blaring back up lights etc.

I am guessing he hit the lock on the door when he got in and I just didn't see it.

Course I got him to school and he ran around to tell ALL his teachers that the fire truck saved him today. Oh and the garbage truck was there too.

Gee, what a bad mommy moment. Sigh.

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I think what you did by calling the fire station was brilliant. I would have called Justin first, lol. I would never think to call the police/firemen.

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I called Charley second.....to listen to him ask me over and over again how possibliy I could have locked Z in the car. :rolleyes: then he asked me were was the spare key. Umm duh silly it was in your side of the bed when we moved and you dumped all that stuff in a box that you never unpacked. Well there is a spare key hanging in the hall...umm thats Adrienne's spare which I know I had told him several times before.

It was pretty much between fire dept or AAA and I didn't want to wait for AAA plus my card with their number was also in the car. SIGH.

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ROFL

I could totally picture myself doing that lol. My car sometimes locks on its own :rolleyes: so I've started leaving a window down (even in winter) when I get out for something. Before I had kids I once left my keys in the car when I was at a store. I was talking with a friend and was distracted and left them in the ignition. Well to make matters worse, while I was leaning against the car waiting I realized it was still RUNNING!!! yup I'm that dumb LOL. I was like not only did I forget the keys but forgot to turn the car OFF before getting out!!

Luckily now Claire knows how to get in and out of her carseat and how to unlock the door.

Fun morning. I"m sure Z loved it Wink

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Oh you poor thing. I totally could have/would have done that, and I also don't have a spare right now! I'm using my spare cause Sophia broke my main car key and I just haven't gotten a new one. And if I called my DH he would have acted JUST like Charlie, I'm positive of that. At least Z thought it was fun!

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I'm glad Z thought it was fun!!

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OH NO...
never happen to me YET but.. I have a "hide a key" under the car somewhere (don't remember where).. you should hide one Smile

sure glad all was "ok" and I am sure Z will told story about big firetruck coming to open the car just to EMBARRASS YOU !!!
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Oh no! This is one of my fears! I'm glad Z didn't think it was scary and had fun seeing the firemen.

I have a friend who locked her kid in the house by herself AND in the car. She is so level headed and it happened so fast. Now I'm terrified my disorganizd ways are going to land me in the same spot some day. In the summer I started putting the key in the ignition and rolling down the drives side window before I strap the kids in. Now that it's getting cold, I leave a door open until we're all in and make sure the keys are in my hand before a door shuts. I'm seriously nervous about it. Expecially since Ava likes to lock the doors the second she is in the car.

Did you call 911, or did you have a number for the police? I'm curious for when I find myself in the same boat.

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All I have to say is Thank God for keyless entry on my car. I can see this happening so easily.

FWIW - Deacon has locked us out of the house before. He knows how to lock the sliding glass doors and thinks its hilarious to lock us out when we step out onto the porch.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Oh no! This is one of my fears! I'm glad Z didn't think it was scary and had fun seeing the firemen.

Did you call 911, or did you have a number for the police? I'm curious for when I find myself in the same boat.

THIS. I can totally see myself doing the same thing and it has crossed my mind before. I'm so glad that the outcome was good and Z did not panic. Crazy!

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My car is old enough it doesn't have keyless entry. :confused:

Did not call 911 but the non-emergency line -- and no I am not so cool I actually have that memorized, I asked my neighbor and she looked it up.

I'm not entirely sure Z realized what was going on or that I could not get in. He was strapped in his seat so I didn't even try to get him to unlock the door cause he hasn't learned to unstrap himself yet (thankfully)

I am on a really bad roll --last Friday I was in Los Angeles for a depo and was in a really sketchy area. I drop up and parked on the street but since I was early made a few calls and hung out for a minute. When I did finally leave, I saw my co-counsel adn got out quickly to chat with him. We got about 50 ft down the road and I thought I should double check that I locked the car. I rummaged for my keys and couldn't find them so headed back...to find my keys in the ignition, car not locked. Had I been outta sight for just a minute or two, I suspect I woudl not have had a car. Seriously, I never to do this!

I do need to get a hide a key just in case.

The good news of the story is that it was a nice, brisk 65 degrees, Z had his jacket already on, it wasn't really hot or really cold where he could have been in trouble fast.