I Just Aged 20 Years.

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Have you ever had one of those heart-stopping, panic-striken moments when you cannot find your child?

Maybe for a split second in a shopping mall or busy supermarket? But not at home, right?

This afternoon, Lauren was playing in the lounge and I was catching up on a few emails. I popped my head round the door to check she was okay and she was gone.

I looked in the kitchen. The playroom. Upstairs. Surely, I would have heard her go upstairs? The bathroom.

Then that awful, awful panic feeling came over me like a wave. In a split second my mind was racing… I called out but there was no answer.

As I ran back to the lounge to see if she had crept behind the sofas, I spotted this.


A small, but perfectly formed, pink foot poking out from under her blanket.

Oh my goodness, I just aged 20 years. Is it wine-time, yet?


~ Natalie


PS. I’m now totally making the most of the quiet time, enjoying a peaceful cup of tea before the final school run of the day. Happy Tuesday, y’all!

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  1. trisha

    September 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I hope you quietly left her there and pretended you had no idea where she was. LOL


  2. Kim @ What's That Smell?

    September 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    My daughter has done that to me. She gives me WAY MORE of these types of moments than my son ever has. She is gonna drive to me drink when she is a teenager. My husband and I joke about it all the time – knowing it’s not gonna be funny soon.

  3. Kat B.

    September 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have been there and yes I think it scares years off your life!

  4. Jennifer @ MySweetSanity

    September 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I have six kids and every single one has done this at least once. It is truly a miracle my heart never gave out.

    • Natalie

      September 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Oh my goodness, I don’t think my heart would cope!

  5. Andrew @ Mommy's Busy

    September 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Too funny. Glad you found her!!! And that happens to me just about everytime I go anywhere with my kids. I must be 225 years old by now!

    • Natalie

      September 25, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Ha ha, well, looking mighty fine for 225 :)

  6. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy.com

    October 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Oh gosh, that is such a scary feeling to not know where your child is at.

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