My son has a new, extremely annoying and worrying, thing he has begun to do. Whenever we are out in public he now thinks it's not only funny, but adventurous to just take off. You literally can't take your eyes off that kid for longer than 30 seconds. At my wedding, Scott's parents were in charge of my kids, or so I believed, but they became so busy with entertaining Edie and passing her around that soon they lost track of my son. It was only after coming back from pictures was I informed that my friend Alena found my son wandering by himself in the parking lot, next to a busy highway.
After that my family kept a close eye on him and I got to relax a bit, although my sister Michelle had to tell me more than once that they were handling it, and to stop chasing him and just enjoy my special day.
After my wedding the family reunion was still going on so Scott and I took the kids to the Enderby campground that my family was staying in and while Scott was gone (picking up some things at my grandparents house that we had forgotten there) my mom was placed in charge of Gabriel while I attempted to put Edie down for a nap. I was talking with my sister in law Mandy when I noticed Gabriel wander behind one of the tents. When he didnt come back out again a few minutes later I asked her to go grab him. Mandy came rushing back blurting out that he wasnt there. She ran to the path where the river was and said he wasnt in that direction either. That's when I began to panic.
My family was everywhere but no one was hearing Mandy and my's announcement that Gabe was missing. Finally I screamed at the top of my lungs with my voice breaking, "MY SON IS MISSING! HELP ME!" then everyone jumped into high gear while I fought back the rush of panic that threatened to collapse me into a puddle of tears. A few minutes later (the scariest of my life) a nearby neighbour came carrying my son as she heard our shouts for him. He was crying because he had tripped and fallen but otherwise seemed unharmed. After that little family panic session EVERY person in the camp kept their eye on him.
At this point I know not to take him out without someone directly in charge of watching him, whether that be me or someone else, and other than a multitude of time outs, im not sure what I should be doing to stop this behaviour.
Any mom's out there have any suggestions? Im at the end of my rope!!