Being a Mom: Reality Check Moms - Rescuing Gabe

Let me tell you how I came to own a wonderful little gadget called a Toolman. It's something like a Swiss army knife, but with tools appropriate to household emergencies instead of Alpine mishaps. Emergencies such as one's two-year-old getting locked in the bathroom. Speaking of which...

There I am, calmly nursing my six-month-old daughter, Caroline, who's about to drop off for a nap. In rushes my son, Benjamin. His younger brother, Gabe, is locked in the bathroom.

This, I tell myself, I can handle.

My husband has previously contrived a way to open locked doors using a long nail, and I feel fully confident in my ability to perform "the maneuver." I deposit Caroline '- outraged at her feeding being interrupted '- in her crib and fetch a nail.

After several minutes, it becomes apparent that the maneuver will not work on this particular door. New strategy. I tell Gabe to "turn the little button on the door." He acknowledges my request with a sweet "Okai." The doorknob jiggles.

Nothing.

Benjamin mutters about calling Daddy.

I run outside the house and climb onto the A/C unit conveniently located beneath the bathroom window for use by intruders and frantic mothers. I pry off the window screen, only to find that the window is, well, locked. I return back inside, where Gabe is now expressing his sense of abandonment through whining.

I lie on my stomach and peer under the crack of the door. From this vantage point, I can see Gabe's toes. I reassure him that Mommy will get him out. Benjamin mutters more insistently about calling Daddy. Daddy is finally called.

Like this? Want more?
preview
FILED UNDER:
Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow http://t.co/wfewf

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web