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Have You Experienced Lost & Found With Your Lil One?

Have You Experienced Lost & Found With Your Lil One?

Kids are magicians at making themselves disappear — they climb into clothing racks at the mall, wander off at the park or can be hard to see in crowds of big people.

So most moms have had at least one of those moments when your heart drops to the pit of your stomach and for one terrifying instant you think your child is lost.

It's enough to drain the blood from your veins and knock your knees out from under you. Has it happened to you?

Coldplayer Coldplayer 9 years
Not yet, thankfully. I think I'd be sick to my stomach if he was lost for even a second.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Wow all these sound so very scary! :(
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Wow - I just went back and read the comments - :hug: for people who had real scares - mine was minor compared to those.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
We were in Lowes and my oldest daughter, two at the time, decided to go hide in between some of the swings right behind us (she was quick and quiet like a ninja). So started calling her name out and running up and down all of the aisles, so after doing that for about five minutes, we went to customer service and had them call a Code Adam, shut the store down completely looking for her. I was crying like a baby and all of a sudden and older man called over to the aisle we were on and said ,"I think I found her." She was laughing and giggling and having the best time. I picked her up and just cried and cried. It was all of about 20 minutes but it felt like days. It's never happened again with any of my kids. Worst. Moment. Ever.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
In the mall once I paused to look at something and I turned around and she had taken off. I was yelling for her and she did not come back. The clothes racks were really close together and I was running through them looking for her and turns out the little bugger just walked a few steps away from me to look at some toys. It was all of 30 seconds but it took a good 10 years of my life away from me! It can happen so quickly - I now always hold hands if she is not in the stroller.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
My daughter was 2 when she learned how to open the screen doors in our house. She had not been able to get them open as recently as 2 days before so for a few minutes I assumed she was just hiding in the house. Once I realized she had gotten outside, I freaked and bolted outside with my 1 month old on my hip. Luckily she went up the street (not sown to the busy cross road) and a neighbor from a 3 houses up was already bringing her back home. She was carrying a lawn gnome she had stolen from our neighbor's porch. The next day we put hook locks up high on all the doors on our house.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
lickety split, I forgot about something similar that happened to me with my special needs son!! We had just moved into a new place, a 3 bedroom villa. Basically like a one story townhouse attached to another one. Two of them attached only. But the neighbors were also my landlords and they had a fence and swingset for theior 2 little girls. Two morning s after moving I woke up to a banging noise. Luckily I was quick and sure enough my front door was opened and my son had run to their yard in his diaper and undershirt and was just sitting in the swing. When he saw me he smiled so big and said..."Mommy swing?". It had only been about 5 minutes I think, but I was just so upset!! What if he had run into the street? I scooped him up, tried not to yell at him...he didn't know any better. I immediately had my husband move the top lock to the front door up really high. So that I could just reach it. And, we got a new baby monitor(I hadn't needed one in our old house, his room was right next to mine with an adjoining door so I left it open all the time. It was definitely frightening!!!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
more times than i care to remember. my oldest daughter has autism and she has gotten out quite a few times. twice at school even (she has a 1:1 aide and is in a special needs school so this is almost unheard of). one time she was in out backyard and climbed over the fence. i knew she was gone but the 911 operator was like "she's in the house. kids like to hide. it's a game." and i was screaming and crying that she had no understanding of a game to the point that i almost could not get any words out. there were police all over our neighborhood w/ in about 5 minutes and they found her within about 20 minute, naked, getting into a neighbors pool. they followed her trial of clothes. she can't swim and the pool was not gated or protected in any way, so it was a close call. i really did not expect to ever see her again, both of our other girls were crying and when they called and said they found her i blacked out, couldn't see anything. i guess from stress. horrible, horrible moment.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Yes, but it was only for like 30 seconds which felt more like 5 minutes to me.
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
When my daughter was three, she got ahead of my ex & I in the mall. She rounded the corner and was gone inside JC Penney before either one of us could catch her. I've never been so scared in my life. Luckily, a very nice salesman heard me yelling for her & he picked her up as she tried to run by him.
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 9 years
I've never had this happen, but for preventative measures (the kids I nanny LOVE hide-and-seek) I taught them "Marco Polo" and I holler, "MARCO!" and ALWAYS get a "POLO!" and that, my friends, is fun for them and makes locating them a breeze.
jennystyle jennystyle 9 years
My daugher hid in the clothes rack for like 15 mins. Everyone was calling her name and then she just popped out like "what"? I was crying and it really was one of the scariest moments of my life.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I said yes, but they were always little scares, as in my kids were just behind me so close to my leg that I couldn't see them, or right under me. I get that heartdrop feeling sometimes after I've put my son down for a nap and I'm playing with my daughter for a while and I'll panic for a second thinking "OMG! Where is he?!".
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
Only once, but it was terrifying!! My daughter was 5 and wandered completely out of the store we were in while I was tending to her brother. Luckily a friend of mine I was shopping with caught her as she left the store and brought her back to me.
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