Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Jogging Stroller lesson learned

I feel remotely safe posting this now that 1: I have confessed to my husband what happened AND 2: I won't do it again.

Our neighborhood has a pool very close to our house. When I take Troy, I load up the jogging stroller to get to the pool. Last week, me and my little tiger were on our way home from the pool when my friend called and said she and her mother in law would like to get some hydrangeas (yes, please come and get some, we have hundreds).

She met me at the house and we all walked to the backyard. The backyard slopes downward on both sides of the house, then it levels off a bit where it remains grassy for several feet. Go down a few feet and there is a natural area with a steep slope downward leading to the neighbor's yard. Well, I strolled Troy (still in the jogger) down to the backyard and was talking about the hydrangeas. My friend made a very unusual sound and pointed behind me. Guess what?!?!?! I forgot to LOCK THE STROLLER!!!

You know what happened - you got it, there goes the bob....bobbing down the hill....with my child inside. Ugh. Insert sinking feeling here - and the quick realization that my flip flops would not allow me to catch up to the stroller. I rapidly prayed that the stroller would stop before it dashed through the neighbors yard, into another yard and then into a pond. Ugh.

A quick right turn and a small ditch later, the bob tumbled on its side. When I caught up to it, there was Troy, neatly strapped in with a handful of leaves in his left hand. My hand grabbed his right before he put the leaves in his mouth. He cried for a couple of seconds, I got him out and he was fine. Not a scratch, red mark or anything on him. Thank goodness for the 5 point harness!

That incident cost us $25. Why? The pool key was in the stroller....and is now gone. Brian found a snake in the same area on Monday when he went searching for the key. No key was to be found. you mothers out there, please remember to lock your strollers.

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brittjohnsal said...

Bless your heart! I know that was an awful feeling during those brief few seconds! Glad Troy is ok!

The Parrish's said...

OMG!! That is so scary!

Holly-- The Storm Chaser said...

Hey Elyse,
Your little boy is too cute.
And this is just one of many times he will scare the willies out of you, trust me! Even though this one was out of his control, it seems like little boys just attract danger more than girls. :)