A scary mommy moment

I've had quite a few scary mommy moments. So many, I think I have lost count.

But the real big scary mommy moments are still very fresh in my mind.

Last year, when we were on vacation in Florida, my mom took Dimitry, who was 6 months old at the time, up to the hotel room for a nap.

My parents had a connecting room to ours, which was great, because in the mornings as we were trying to get ready, we could open the doors connecting our rooms, and the boys could walk back and forth between the two rooms, letting us getting ready.

Anyway, I went up to our room, to see if my mom wanted to go back down to swim with Christos. I did not have the key to her room, so I went through my room, and opened the connecting door. I knocked. She opened her door. She walked into my room. And then, all we heard was the loud sound of the door shutting behind her. As you know, if someone else's adjoining door closes, you can't open it from your side.


We ran out, found one of the cleaners, and begged her to let us into my mom's room.

"Please, can you open this door? My key is inside the room - along with a sleeping 6 month old baby!"

Well, this lady was so concerned, she started to cry... and proceeded to open the door. Only, of course, my mom had the chain on the door! Meaning - we could not get in the room!

I was hysterical. I was having the worst possible visions of my 6 month old son waking up, and rolling off the bed, onto the corner of the night table, crashing his skull into the side of the table. Or, worse - what if he somehow managed to make it to the balcony door, and fall down 19 stories? What if he woke up, and started crying for us?

I did not know what to do. My mom was just as worried. I was swearing, pacing, yelling and crying, all at once. Someone else came to help. He started trying to open the door with a piece of paper.

I was mad, yelling at him that he did not know what he was doing, so I decided to run downstairs, (I am pretty sure I took the elevator) and I went to the front desk, yelling at the top of my lungs:


The man at the front desk was way too calm for my liking. Why he did not start freaking out when he saw me in that state, I'll never know. Somehow, he got in touch with the man who was on our floor trying to get the door open. He was talking calmly. I started freaking out again:

"What are you waiting for? Do you realize he could die? He could roll off the bed at any second and seriously hurt himself, call the fire department of give me a saw or something! I have to break down the door!"

I'm not kidding. I was this hysterical. If I told you to call the hotel to verify this story, and this man answered the phone, he would surely remember the crazy lunatic girl in the pink bikini.

He hangs up the phone, and says to me:

"Ma'am, the door has been opened."

I did not even say thank you. I was very embarrassed. I ran to the elevators, and ran down the hall to the hotel room. My mom was inside, and baby Dimitry had just woken up... without a clue in the world what craziness had just occured. The nice cleaner was in the room, too, crying her eyes out. She was the sweetest lady ever. We hugged, and laughed. And then I hugged my baby boy and went downstairs to get a Pina Colada.

I really needed a drink.

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Jessica said...

Hahaha I don't mean to laugh, but that last line about the pina colada got me.

Girl! I'd have FREAKED out, too!

It's what we do, I guess... *sigh*


Christy said...

Oh my god I need a drink just reading this! Holy stressful is right. Thank god it all turned out okay!!!

H.E.Eigler said...

OMG I'd have been a freak show on wheels too! I'm paranoid about locking my Little H in (or out) of somewhere and me not being able to get to her. So glad your story has a happy ending!

CailinMarie said...

I started hyperventilating just reading this. He opened it with PAPER??? So much for feeling safe with the chain across the door. humph.

ModernMom said...

What doesn't kill us makes us stronger:))

Paging Doctor Mommy said...

I think I would have had three drinks. And now I'm craving a Pina Colada!

So glad that he was fine and that he never even realized the chaos and trauma that was taking place around him!

Chantal said...

Oh yes that would have been very scary. Although I am usually the calm (on the outside) person and my husband is the one who freaks out. We balance each other well :)

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

My heart is pumping after just reading this -- I would have been hysterical too! Thank goodness he was okay! I can't believe those hotel employees were so relaxed about the whole thing! They probably didn't have kids themselves.

The wife of bold said...

Poor you i think i'd have passed out - and needed a whole yard of pina colada! It reminded me of Friends when rachel and Ross accidentally lock the baby in their apartment lol x

Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness! That IS scary!

Lady Mama said...

Oh goodness. No one can blame a mother for freaking out when it comes to her children and the prospect of any harm coming to them. Good thing he slept all the way through the incident!

A Woman On The Edge said...

You are hilarious! I would totally freak out too but reading about you freaking out had me in stitches! I have a constant fear that I will lock my kids in the car with the keys! I'm hoping it never happens! I am glad that it all worked out and that they had Pina Coladas!

Anti-Supermom said...

This is crazy - I would have be doing the exact same things as you were.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I freak about that stuff too. You should have seen me the time I locked my son in the car. Actually, I've done it to both of them..
Mother. of. the. year.

Kristen Andrews said...

we all do freak out once we become mamas, you are not alone.

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

I would have freaked too, although had my mother been there, she would have had a full on coronary. Thankfully it all ended in a laugh and a cocktail - I think everything stressful should end that way!

JennyMac said...

All is well that ends with an umbrella drink...What a story girl!

Chelle said...

Eek! I would've needed a drink, too!

I would have been freaking out...omg!

That Girl said...

I would have been right there with you... freaking out... and crying! And I don't blame you for having that Pina Colada! The whole thing reminds me of that episode in Friends where Ross and Rachel get locked out of the apartment and Emma is inside!

Anonymous said...

Boy, my heart was racing along with yours as I read this. I hate being in a position of having no control over a situation, especially when my kids are involved. And who cares that you were hysterical and others weren't, it wasn't their son locked in a room.

Glad all worked well and you were able to get your drink in the end :-)

Krystyn said...

Oh, I would have freaked out, too!

And, also would have gone and had a drink (or two)...how scary.

McMommy said...

As you know, I can commiserate with you on this story!!! It's a horrible feeling, I know!
So happy for this happy ending!
p.s. We have the same stroller! I love that stroller so much!