Toddlers are a joy, toddlers are a constant challenge, toddlers like to send their parents into panic attacks.
Take for example, earlier this week. Hubby was dropping the dog off at the groomer’s so I was flying solo on our morning routine. To keep the peace, I let little A play with my car keys. To be fair, she stole them, I decided to avoid her rage and use another set of keys in my purse.
In my rush I threw our bags in the passenger seat, closed the door and set her up in her toddler driving recliner (also known as a car seat). She was happily jangling the keys away as I shut the door to walk around to my side of the car.
Insert slow motion realization that my keys are in my purse, now in the front seat.
And my cell phone
And my AAA card.
Click, beep, click, beep, click, beep, click, beep, click, beep…
Someone learned that pressing the lock button, makes the car honk. This was clearly the best morning of her life. She was having a blast.
I was counting my lucky stars that it was a unseasonably mild day outside.
And hoping that she wouldn’t chuck the keys when she was bored.
I went over to try to reason with her “Honey, you know what’s fun? The other button”
Beaming happy smile Click, beep. Giggling happy baby Click, beep.
I start trying to come up with my limited options. I can’t leave her in the locked car unattended. Do I flag someone driving down the road down? Do I run as fast as I can to the house phone to call my husband? Do I stand in the driveway petrified of my error in purse placement?
Wait was that the sound of the car unlocking? I sprinted to the other side and grabbed the door before she realized the other button didn’t make the car honk.
Silly little trickster. I’ve learned my lesson.
Toddler- 159 Mom – maybe 3?