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02 March 2010

The Craziest Thing Happened Today

This morning Ryan woke up a couple minutes before me to find that Gretchen wasn't in our room.

Where was she? Downstairs in the office, playing quite happily by herself.

How long had she been out of bed? We have no idea.

Needless to say, once I was fully conscious - just as Ryan was bringing her back upstairs to tell me what he'd discovered - my heart nearly stopped.

Since her 1st birthday she's been really good at going up and down the stairs (thankfully), but I still make sure I'm there with her every single time she wants to practice. We've also been making sure our bedroom door is closed at night -- until last night when Ryan accidentally left it open.

Apparently we've got an independent & adventurous little babe on our hands.


I'm sure this will have some people questioning cosleeping or bedsharing, and some will be shaking their heads as they put our parenting abilities into question, but I suppose that's just the way the cookie crumbles. I knew I needed to share this story for any mamas out there who have ever had a similar experience. Isn't that why we blog? To share & to commiserate? To support & to learn? Yes.

And so I'll continue to write honestly, because it's the only way I know how.

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19 Comments:

Blogger La Benner said...

Oh man, that is NOTHING!

We used to have to penny my younger brother in his room at night (we didn't have locks on our doors). If my parents didn't he would wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning and go for a morning streak around the neighbourhood.

They'd wake up to find their youngest son missing & one of my 'rents would drive around until they found his bare bum sticking out of a bush or someone's garage way too early in the morning.

I can only imagine how scary it was for them, and we certainly learned a lot of ways to keep a door shut without a lock. He was always a curious kid, so just wait until she starts walking!

Point is, you aren't alone. Just remember a favourite statement of my grandfather's: "Little children, little problems".

Good luck with it!

March 3, 2010 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

It's time for the baby gate, my dear. At the top of the stairs because now that she's discovered freedom, she will only want MORE! Closing the door is key, but the gate will be a good back up plan. Also, duct taping her to the bed helps...

Have fun! It only gets more interesting as time goes on. :)

March 3, 2010 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Haha, oh my gosh Benner! That is hysterical -- and terrifying!!

Tracey -- the funny thing is we totally have a gate blocking the bottom of the stairs for when we're down there since we don't spend anytime upstairs during the day. So silly. Time for gate #2!

March 3, 2010 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger lililly said...

This is awesome! Go Gretchen!!!

I love your disclaiming on the bottom of the page. Seriously... everyone has their own stories eventually no matter what sort of 'parenting style' they follow. :P

But yeah man, baby gates.

March 3, 2010 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger Heart Felt said...

You are doing a wonderful job....she is a happy and self contented little girl. You continue in your amazing love and happiness. xx

March 3, 2010 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger disenchanted said...

the cheeky sneaky sweetheart, bless her xxx

March 3, 2010 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

Props for the honesty :) I have many parenting oopsie stories I am hesitant to share :)
It's a scary moment to wake up all groggy and notice the wee one has escaped! Our little co-sleepers usually ventured to the bathroom to unroll the TP or play in the toilet!
And yes, a gate at the top of the steps was a big help keeping them upstairs :) It happens...and yes, now it will happen more often! We had to put those little eye hooks at the top of our door to prevent it.

March 3, 2010 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger jilian dee said...

ohhh my gosh, thats the worst feeling in the world! good thing she was okay, what a daring little girl

March 3, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

That's how we did most of our baby proofing. We waited for them to figure out something we didn't want them to do and then we stopped it. Our first son climbed out of his crib at 20 months. We found him in the hallway, which of course gave me that heart stop feeling. The next night, he was in a big boy bed with a gate at his door so he couldn't wander about.

March 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Shannon O said...

I'm so glad baby G is happy and safe! :)

I love your honesty Desiree. You're still an amazing Momma, just a human one. - Shannon O | Confessions of a Loving Wife

March 3, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Johanna said...

Oh Des, you must be been so freaked out.
Keep this in mind though. As soon as a babe can stand up and walk, she or he can pull themselves out of a crib and do the same thing.

March 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
OpenID heatherica said...

Oh, I would wake up in such a panic! There are so many of those panic moments with little ones! And really, blaming co-sleeping is silly, though I know there are people that would. If it's not one thing it's something else!

March 3, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger lililly said...

@ Hannah

Thats our style of baby proofing too. Although sometimes we have my nieces over which are just slightly older than my son and just let them rip on the house to see what they get into.

Babies though, they are such clever crafty little whatsits and omg they can spot a loophole in the system a mile away.

March 3, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Shelly said...

Good for her, for getting out by herself and exploring!! At least you know she can handle the stairs on her own :)

March 3, 2010 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Sounds like someone's guardian angel put in some overtime! :)

It happens. Whether baby is in a crib or a bed or the escape is to the bottom of the stairs or she slips out the front door as it's closing and no one notices (ahem. ask me how I know) - it just happens. You just squeeze them and thank God for protecting them and do what you can. ♥

March 3, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger riki said...

Go Gretchen!! And go mama for sharing.

I love her independent free spirit.

I say if she can do it, let it be!!!

So important for her to feel her own autonomy when SHE is ready!!

March 3, 2010 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Loving these responses ladies! Thanks so much!

March 3, 2010 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger The Red Fantastic said...

Oh yes, I have had these moments! No stairs to add to the freak out factor, but there have been many "where IS Ava?" mornings!

March 4, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger CAPow! said...

so scary! I'm glad she was ok!

March 5, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

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