February 19, 2010

I Need a Hero

Okay. You know how every so often you have those experiences where it was like a movie? That happened to me yesterday.

I had made an appointment for Evy's one year checkup. I decided to go alone because I thought I remembered that there wouldn't be any shots at this appointment. We usually try to go when Kurt is post-call, especially if there's shots involved, just for another pair of hands to help. But I figured I was in the clear, so I went alone.

I was pretty much rocking out to my Glee soundtrack and arrived at the doctor's office. I turned off my car. All of the following happened without me even thinking: I threw my car keys in my purse next to me, PUSHED THE LOCK BUTTON on the car door, and got out of the car to go around and get Evy. Well guess what happens when you do all of those things? The doors lock and your baby is STUCK INSIDE. Wow.

I actually didn't panic. I was so super calm. I didn't feel like waiting in the parking lot for any rando person to walk by so I could use their cell phone, so I jogged into the building (by far the most hilarious sight of the entire episode), and walked into our ped's office. I approached the desk and explained what happened. I called 911 and CALMLY explained the situation again. Quote from the operator: "Oh good Lord---we're on our way. We'll have someone right there. Don't worry. Oh good Lord." Ummm...aren't the roles supposed to be reversed? Shouldn't the operator be the one consoling the idiot mother who locked her one year old in a vehicle? Hilarious.

I jogged (hahahahaha) back to my SUV and entertained Evy through the window. I was thanking the Lord SO MUCH that the weather was beautiful. It was not hot and not cold, so I wasn't worried about her temperature. She also looked pleasant and totally unphased. Probably thinking she has the most ridic mom in the whole world.

Next thing I know, I hear a FIRE ENGINE using its SIRENS AND HORNS. I was thinking to myself...what would it be like if those sirens were coming toward me because my child was in severe danger or even dying? I thanked the Lord profusely again for a healthy child, and it was only an act of my absent-mindedness that merited a 911 call.

So, now that the entire county heard the sirens, they parked next to me and SIX FIREMEN came out and surrounded my car! I felt so unworthy of the cool firemen's attention--haha! They were so super nice, and then a policeman even came onto the scene. Evy was smiling at them through the window when they would each take a turn waving a her---too cute.

Since the weather was nice, they didn't bust my window (I was thinking of the Glee song "Bust the Windows Out Ya Car" the whole time). They just jacked open my door (kind of?) and stuck a metal thing in to unlock the door. It took about 15 minutes. Good grief.

So after the crisis was averted, I arrived in the office and was told that Evy would be getting THREE shots. Are you serious? However, she was an ANGEL baby and did such a great job. I was so proud of her. Of course this was the appointment I attempted by myself. I really do consider myself a capable person, but wow.

Thank you to our heroes yesterday!

15 comments:

Mallory said...

Dang girl! You've got it figured you. Super Mom!!!!! I've heard of mom's accidentially locking the car, and could see how it would be way too easy to do. So glad you were able to stay calm.

Tiffany said...

Bless your heart! I am so glad that everything turned out alright!

Jen said...

If it makes you feel any better,I locked my purse and diaper bag ion the trunk (while the rest of the car was locked) at target last summer. It took almost two hours for me to get a hold of my parents to come drive me to DH's work to pick up his keys. By this point DS was cranky and starving.

Rachel said...

I am so glad it wasn't too traumatic. I can't believe they brought a firetruck with sirens on! That is funny. I am so glad I got to meet you and sweet Evy yesterday! Have a great weekend!

Bethany said...

Wow that's definitely a doctor appointment you'll remember for a while! I'm glad Evy is okay :)

Kathleen said...

Oh my gosh that is so scary! Like me, running is usually a hilarious sight for anyone watching... I would have freaked out!

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Crazy! This has happened to us too and believe me I was not grace under pressure. Evie was 3.5 months old and screamed the entire time. Those 15 minutes were like an eternity and I was not so nice to my dear sweet husband who accidently locked her in. AHHH - the memories! Super mom - you are after yesterday! BTW, thanks for the blogging help - it worked like a charm!

Sarah Broadus said...

I had done this atleast 6 times before madyson was 1 so I decided around 15 months to teach her to undo her carseat and press the unlock button. Thank goodness I did this! One super cold morning I got out of the car and shut the door (with the keys inside) the car automatically locked and instead of freaking I went to madyson's window and told her to undo her belt. she did it an went straight for the unlock button! saved the day!!! she has had to do it 2more x since then! Todd finally bought me a spare key thing that hids under your bumper now I have a way in!

Summer said...

Good grief! That sounds like a dr.s appt your not gonna forget! I can't believe they brought a fire truck....I'm glad they were able to get into your SUV without busting the window!
Summer :0)

Ashley said...

props to you for staying so calm! :)

Carrie said...

Haha! It makes me feel better that you did this too! Welcome to the ranks of the moms who lock their kids in the car. It's gotta happen at some point, right? So it's good that we've gotten it out of the way :)

JennaG said...

Wow--that's crazy--that's a lot of firemen! I did the same thing when we lived in Spokane--only I locked my infant twins in my van in the dead of winter! I had to call 911 because my husband was flying and had the only other key. They only sent 2 firemen though!

runningwithsass said...

oh my goodness how scary! thank goodness it was not august, that would have been awful. Boo about the shots!

Sarah said...

I'm impressed that you stayed calm. I'd probably appear calm but be freaking out inside!

Katrice said...

That's Madison County!ha! I locked the boys in the car in my garage with the door open in the cool fall when they were 8 months old. When I called 911 EVERYONE came....volunteer fire dept., police and fire department. Our neighbors thought someone was dead. Can't say they don't respond!ha! Glad everything worked out!

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