i had one of those "terrible mom" experiences today, like the time i went to unbuckle tiny baby dylan from her car seat after a long trip only to discover that she was already unbuckled. like that, but worse.
jim was teaching a wilderness first aid class today, and i was supposed to teach sunday school for a friend, so i had to get dylan and myself ready extra early by myself. we were just barely going to make it to church on time when i realized that all four doors of my car were frozen shut. awesome.
i wrestled with the doors for a while, holding dylan and trying not to slip on the icy ground. then i took her inside and called the church to let them know i'd be a little late. i closed up the desk, the bathroom door, and the baby gate to the kitchen, sat her down with her toys, and went back out to try again. i was finally able to get a back door open and after climbing over onto the front seat, got that one open, too. i started the car, went back into the house, opened the baby gate, and dylan wasn't there.
that's because she had climbed up the entire flight of stairs by herself and was hanging out alone in the upstairs bathroom. how could i forget to put up that most important stair gate? my morning (my whole life!) could have been so much worse, i can't even think about it.
i am so deeply, indescribably thankful for guardian angels today.
please tell me i'm not the only idiot out there.