This is a day that I will never forget and one that plays over and over again in my brain. It was Valentines day, Feb. 14th, 2017 and it was beautiful out. That morning at 8am I received an IUD at my OB/GYN… and if any of you girls have received one, know it can be painful. Well I’m a wimp and to me it was painful. I decided to take it easy and relax for the day since it basically hurt to move. Lincoln ate his lunch, I put Mickey Mouse on the TV in the living room, and climbed into bed with Juliet. I originally just laid there on my phone as Jules fell asleep in my arms. I was texting my sister-in-law and husband. I told Taylor that I was going to close my eye and remember Jenny texting my at 1:36pm. I woke up only hearing Mickey Mouse, thinking that Lincoln had fallen asleep in the livingroom. I got up thinking I was going to put him in bed and instead found an empty house. My heart was beating so hard and fast that I thought that it was going to pop out of my ribcage. I felt like I was going to throw up and started shaking. I was yelling his name and running frantic around the house. I went through the garage door and saw one of my cats sitting on top of my car with teh garage door open. That is when I knew he really wasnt in the house. I called Taylor who was at a job interview and told him that Linocln was gone and to get home. I then called 911. It was now 3pm. Where we use to live, cell service sucked and the 911 disbatch couldnt hear me. I knew that around the corner cell service was better so I got Juliet in her car seat, and my keys… they were gone. Lincoln took my keys and for some odd reason, Taylor had left his spare keys at home. With even driving around 911 couldn’t hear me and 1 word popped into my head, PARK. For some reason the park came into my head. The park was right behind our house down the street. So I drove there and the first thing I saw was a police SUV. I thought the worst. Then I saw Lincoln coming down the slide. I pulled over and ran to him. I collapsed on the ground holding him and sobbing. Someone had called in when they saw him walking down the street alone and the police officer took him to the park to play. He had no shoes on and was filthy.
After this, everytime Lincoln has been out of my sight, I feel my heart drop thinking he is gone. Even though he wasnt gone that long, it felt like forever and I never want that again. For the first few months, I couldnt even shower at home if Taylor wasnt there. I had to go to the gym while he was in the daycare so I knew he was safe.
I never want this to happen to a parent and cant imagine the pain those that have never had their kids return to them. There are so many things that could have happen to him. Someone could have easily taken him, he could have drowned in the pond by our house. There are so many things that could have gone wrong, and I thank God every day that he is here with us.
Keep your kids close, tell them you love them everyday, and kiss them often.
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