... to lose my kid in a public place. Sigh.
Payton, Nika and I were at the mall shopping at Pottery Barn Kids. If you are familiar with that store, it is pretty much impossible to take your kid in there and have them not want to play. There are displays everywhere of all sorts of fun stuff ... Payton's favorite being the doll stroller. So she was pushing the doll stroller while I pushed Nika in our stroller. We were in the back of the store looking at crib bumpers and within seconds, I lost sight of Payton. I figured she walked into one of the rooms set up in the store, so I went to find her. She couldn't have gotten far after all, right? No sign of her (or the stroller) anywhere. I frantically asked the salesperson that was helping me earlier if she saw where Payton went and she hadn't. I walked the store twice thinking maybe I missed her ... but no such luck. By this time the PBK staff had called mall security and I ran into the mall with Nika to look for Payton. I ran down the way we had come from and didn't see her, so I turned around and headed the other way. Sure enough, just as I passed the PBK store to head in the other direction, I saw Payton strolling her little booty along with no cares in the world. There was an elderly woman walking beside her who told me she saw Payton strolling way down by Sears at the end of the mall. Mind you, Sears is TWELVE stores away from PBK. The woman said she didn't think anyone was with Payton so she decided to follow her as she pushed her stroller. I thanked the woman profusely and put Payton in our stroller ... of course she screamed because that meant she could no longer push her doll stroller.
I just thank God that Payton happened to be pushing the stroller, which I knew would make her a lot easier to find. Had someone tried to separate her from the stroller, she would have screamed. I also think someone may have tried to pick her up if they had seen her wandering aimlessly all by herself, which would have made her a lot harder to find. Most of all, I thank God for the elderly woman who took it upon herself to follow Payton and watch out for her.
Ugh, she is such a little stinker! Talk about giving me a heart attack! I contemplated even blogging about this, but I decided to only because it can happen faster than you can snap your fingers. Stay safe everyone!