Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mama drama at the Oregon Zoo!


On Monday, my mom and I took the kids to the Oregon Zoo. We had a ball. We saw and did all the typical things: polar bears, elephants, naked mole rats (my favorite), hot dogs for lunch, lots of snacks, lots of handwashing, and anything else you can think of. The only thing out of the ordinary was Logan's 'little detour'. It went something like this. Grammy had gone off to use the restroom and Logan and I were pushing Mason and Mya around in the stroller (a meager attempt at helping Mason fall asleep). I bent down to check on Mason, stood back up and Logan was gone! I nonchalantly walked back where we came from calmly saying Logan's name. No response, I started shouting his name, pacing quickly, yelling his name, and running around like a mad woman. Yes, people were starting to stare by this point. My mommy panic mode had officially set in, and my thoughts went something like this: Adam Walsh disappeared with his mom! Why did we come to the zoo anyways? Why does Logan have to be so stinkin' friendly? Why didn't I make him wear an orange reflective vest? Why didn't I bring walkie talkies? How am I going to tell Ryan? When do the news vans arrive? Do they do amber alerts at the zoo? What kind of mom loses her kid at the zoo? Shortly thereafter, Logan walked out of the restroom holding grammy's hand. I was torn between the emotions of anger (yanking his hand toward me so firmly that his little arm 'bout pops out of it's socket...come on, you know that feeling), and sheer joy and relief (holding him close while sweet music played in my head). Fortunately I chose the latter. Apparently he had wandered in the restroom after my mom, crawled on the floor (yuck!) to peer under the stalls looking for his grammy. So, when mom saw him she helped him wash his hands, blah, blah, blah. It honestly was the longest 7 minutes of my life. I decided then and there that Mason and Mya are going to be stroller bound until they are 10--or old enough to carry a cell phone! Oh the drama of being a mama!

4 comments:

Lindsay said...

Hey Tara ~ I'm here via Angela's blog! I'm one of the girls in Eastern Oregon ... hoping you remember me}
Your kiddos are darling and you are doing a great job documenting the highs and lows of it all :)

Looking forward to keeping up with you guys here ... tell Ryan hello for me.

Blessings ~

Angela said...

That is so cute Tara!!!

Chris/ty said...

I love the way you write because it is exactly how you say it and I can picture your cute little self telling me this story in person. Miss you!

PS - I will possibly be down that way for Jenni Ohta's wedding in August. I would love, love to see you and the kiddo's. Oh and Ryan too. :)

Kristina said...

Oh that feeling is awful. Sorry you went through that. I wish too that all my kids could be in strollers for as long....