Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Scary Momma Moments

Someone once told me that motherhood is equal parts joy and terror, and this Sunday I think I experienced healthy dose of the latter.

Our family went to a nice backyard get-together with some new friends. We had lots of fun chatting, and noshing on some yummy sandwiches. Most of the children were playing on a rental inflatable, one that was actually a huge waterslide with a nice-sized pool at the base. The slide was much too big for Selah, so the hosts offered to fill up a little kiddie pool instead. I politely declined, since we didn't bring a swimsuit for her anyway.

Then, the host said, "Good. I don't like those things anyway. They're really dangerous, you know.. more kids drown in those kiddie pools than anywhere else." I remember thinking, "Huh.. I guess I never thought about about, but it's not like she is going to be unsupervised or anything."

The evening went on, Selah played with bubbles, and parked her little booty in the sandbox for the majority of the evening. Three of the ladies and I were sitting withing two feet of the sandbox, watching the little ones with their shovels and buckets, happily digging away.. 

The other ladies and I were having deep conversation, comforting a friend who had just had a miscarriage and sharing our own journeys through heartache, when I heard one of the kids yell, 

"THE BABY IS IN THE POOL!"

I looked over at the water-slide, and oh my G*d. There she was, in the pool, about 50 yards away. I could see her little head, just above the edge of the inflatable. She was laughing, and splashing, and running around in chest-deep water at the base of the water-slide. 

I have no idea how long she was in the pool. I have no idea how she even climbed over the  inflatable's edge. I have no idea how she went from being right next to me, in the sandbox, to into the water. But there she was. 

I ran across the yard as fast as I could, hoping she wouldn't slip under the water before I reached her. She didn't. She was rosy-cheeked, soaking wet, and having tons of fun. She LOVES the water. Any water. And she just hopped right in. 

I don't think the gravity of the situation hit me until we were on the way home, and I starting playing the 'what ifs' through my mind.
What if no one saw her?
What if she had slipped climbing in?
What if.. the unthinkable had happened?
Then, I got goosebumps as I remembered the host's previous warning about baby pools, and I felt a wave of nausea as I realized I completely missed the Lord's gentle reminder to keep an eye on my baby around water.

I think we were dealt an extra measure of grace and protection on Sunday, and for that I'm eternally grateful.

Lots of love,
Lindsey


15 comments:

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  2. oh lindsey, how scary!! so glad she and you are ok, they are really faster than lightening.

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  3. I'm glad it all worked out okay and hopefully your little sweetheart had a good time, even if it was while helping to teach a lesson. I think these days we may worry a bit much and as a parent I don't think anyone can help but do so, but I'm glad to know this situation ended how it did. <3

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  4. Oh my goodness - I am so sorry this happened.xo.

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  5. I'm SO glad she is okay!! Praise God!!

    It's amazing how long it can take your heart to beat normally again after such a scare.

    At a recent family night there were SIX adults watching our kiddos and I just happened to look up after a moment of silence and ask my sis-in-law "where are Alexa and Eva?..." they were half way down the road having a nice walk together pushing a baby doll stroller and a toy lawn mower. How they got that far that fast seems physically impossible.

    We literally sprinted and scooped them up only moments before a car came whizzing around the curve in our L-shaped road.

    GOD. IS. GRACIOUS.

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  6. Oh my goodness Lindsey! I shudder just reading that. Praise the Lord that child spoke up! The previous commenter's story is terrifying also.

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  7. So scary!! I am so glad she is ok! I guess it just goes to show everything can change in an instant ... I'm so glad it turned out ok!

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  8. How scary! Glad she's ok! I had a similar moment at the lake early this summer. My dad took off my daughters swimmie because we were packing up. I was rinsing off my youngest when I saw my older daughter quietly (that was the scariest part) slip under the water. Had I not been turned around at that very moment, she probably would have been gone. I screamed her name and my dad turned around but later said he didn't see her and hadn't a clue where to look. I was able to reach her while holding my one year old in my arms. It was definitely the scariest moment for me thus far. It really does only take a second - maybe less - and it's so quiet! I still don't like to think about what our day could have been like had I not seen her go under. Praise God for his protection!

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