Ahhh... Isn't it great to be a Mom?

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Ahhh... Isn't it great to be a Mom?

So I'm going to share my crappy Mom moment with all of you...

I'm tired- exhausted to the very core of my being. The pregnancy, on top of full time college, on top of the house, the kids, the cattery- I don't know. I think I'm a glutton for punishment most days.

My 15 year old has been acting up this year. He's my stepson and a smart boy, but his biological mother has screwed with him for years and years and years now... Well, she started a custody battle this year- which she promptly lost- and since then, it's been dealing with teenage hormones/issues on top of him having to deal with his Mom issues. So it's been rough...

I had been waiting for a phone call from one of his school teachers to get some hard facts on some extracurricular activities he's been doing (school sanctioned, but when I was pretty sure he should be home by say 3 PM- he'd come home at 5 PM and say that he'd been practicing at the school the entire time).

So I just checked out at a store and was putting my 2 year old in his carseat- five point harness. I turn on the AC on the van first because we live in the desert and even though it was nice that day, it's a habit I've made because I'm petrified of locking a child in on a hot day. Then I buckle in my 2 year old and the phone rings- it's my son's teacher.

So I'm standing near the passenger side of the van, talking to the teacher and getting details and I guess I flipped the locks on the van- and closed the door as I tossed my phone in the car and closed the passenger door.

Locked. The van. With my purse, phone, and most importantly of all- two year old son buckled into the 5 point harness!

I try not to panic- I start trying to open all of the doors. They are locked. I yank at the doors- damn things won't open. I see an old man walking to his car and I frantically ask him if I can PLEASE use his cell phone- he says he doesn't have one (doesn't offer any help or anything- just pretends he doesn't notice that I'm frantically trying to get into my car).

My two year old is finding this a bit hilarious. He has a movie on in the car, he has the AC on- he's pretty comfy. I point and mime taking off his seatbelt, but since he's never been asked to do it before and he's never learned (and my 5 year old cannot pop the button on HIS five point harness)- he just looks at me like, "What's your problem?"

I see two ladies sitting in a running car up by the front of the store, so I run up there and ask if I could PLEASE use their phone.I don't know the protocol since the A/C is running, so it's not a genuine emergency, so I call 311 who patches me through to the fire department. They say they will be there in a jiffy.

So there I am, outside BIG LOTS- of all places- almost dissolving in tears- trying to talk my 2 year old, who for the most part was amused, into taking off his seatbelt and unlocking the door when the big fire truck pulls into the parking lot and I flag them down.

Thank goodness, long story short- they managed to pop the locks themselves- even though one fireman kept telling the other to give it up- he'd never pop a brand new car (it's like 2 years old).

But pop it, he did!

And the firemen were all very kind and understanding. I felt like such a dumbass.

So my 2 year old told them thanks and they rode off...

WHAT A DAY.

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It happens Smile the same thing happened to me when my oldest was about 2 and my 2nd was a baby except the police department told me it wasn't an emergency because my car was running with the a/c on and I had to call a lock smith, who opened my van but I didn't have any cash on me! I had to borrow money from a neighbor to pay the guy! So don't feel dumb, you aren't alone Wink

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wow! I'd be beside myself. I'm glad you had the a/c running and he didn't panic! :eek: How scary.

Just remember to breathe. My thing lately is getting so worked up over small things that I actually have to remind myself to breathe.

:bigarmhug: You are definitely not alone in that scenario. :bigarmhug:

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"mandi04" wrote:

It happens Smile the same thing happened to me when my oldest was about 2 and my 2nd was a baby except the police department told me it wasn't an emergency because my car was running with the a/c on and I had to call a lock smith, who opened my van but I didn't have any cash on me! I had to borrow money from a neighbor to pay the guy! So don't feel dumb, you aren't alone Wink

Oh, that's bullcrap! I would have been so mad if I had to call a lock smith myself! Maybe it's because we live in the desert- but they acted like it happens all of the time, but since the A/C was running, not to fret too much. They also said the locksmith would pop the lock for me for free if he had actually come out- not that it would have mattered at that point, but well- yeah, like you- I wouldn't have had cash ON me. I never ever carry cash!

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I totally know how scary that can be!! I'm so sorry you had to go through that though!!

I did it with my almost 3 year old not too long ago but he was asleep in the car. I had to break into my house to call a locksmith (yeah, I locked my keys in the car in my driveway!) and Colin woke up halfway through and started screaming so I started bawling right with him. It was awful and I felt like the worst mom in the world.

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That is scary I'm sure one day I will do it as well...something to look forward to. I'm just glad all worked out love those firefighters

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How nice of that firefighter to keep trying! But that man - it isn't like you looked like some crazy homeless person or something, what a jerk!

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Hate to say it, but that is how people are here. They could really careless half of the time, can't say everyone is like that though.

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Oh I was mad! Lol I couldn't get ahold of dh or I would have just waited for him. I live in WI, I can't remember what month it was but it was warm enough for me to have the a/c on before I shut off the car, so probably not 'technically' an emergency but I was pretty shocked, if it ever happens again I'll have to try to call the fire dept instead Lol

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"BlackMoon" wrote:

Hate to say it, but that is how people are here. They could really careless half of the time, can't say everyone is like that though.

Yep, as BlackMoon- my sis- puts it- half the people don't give a damn about anyone else. I'm just lucky the lady was there in the parking lot and she even stayed until the firefighters got there!

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How scary...it seems like you handled things well thoug. Glad everything turned out ok.

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how scary! you tell the story well though. you should have asked the fireman to get a picture with your son Smile i too am sure i'll do it one day as well.

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Glad it all turned out well!

I, also, have locked my kid in a running car. I can't remember how old she was- maybe 1 or 1.5? It wasn't freezing or scorching, so I was glad of that, and it happened just down the street from a fire station. My dad ran down the street to get a fire fighter, but they told him to call the police. Flagged down a passing police car, but he didn't have anything on him to pick it, so just stayed with us and radioed someone who did.

I felt like a total jerk, and DD was bawling, but I was back in the car within 1/2 hour of locking it.

Just add it to the list of stories that will be funny later! Smile