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The One Where She Slept in the Closet

Alternate Title: The One Where I Lost A Kid

Our evening ritual is controlled chaos. Dinner finishes too late. Baths & showers are sometimes squeezed in before brushing teeth, getting pajamas and tucking the girls into bed. Typically, one of usI will finish work or clean up dinner while the other supervises the bedtime process.

Once the girls are tucked into the bed, the second parent heads up for the 2nd tuck-in. They require both of us, if we’re home, or they stall, pop downstairs and yell out until we have both hugged, kissed & tucked them in.

The other night, they were silent before the hubby had made it back downstairs to me. So, I continued working rather than risk waking them. When I headed upstairs for my nightly bubble bath, I peeked in on the girls. And found one less than we should have had.

I checked under the covers, under the bed, in her sisters’ beds & our room before asking for help locating Lorelai. I was only mildly panicked—the house was quiet, and wasn’t like we had heard anything unusual. Still, finding a child missing is rather disconcerting.

She was finally located—sound asleep—in the closet. Where we left her overnight. The next morning, I asked her why she slept in the closet. Her response? “I didn’t, Momma! I was just waiting to surprise you when you tucked us in.”

Which I didn’t do at all. FAIL

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: Read 94 articles by

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  1. I’m totally reminded of that episode of Roseanne where DJ was playing hide and seek and went and hid in a cupboard and fell asleep and the whole family goes to bed and then Dan & Roseanne remember and come out, find him, and put him to bed.

  2. justheather says:

    Ha ha! We might be even worse – she slept in the closet for the night. She doesn’t transfer well so it was just easier that way.

  3. Amanda J Roy says:

    Have so done that! In the closet, on the floor next to bed, under the bed, you name! Let sleeping dogs (or kids) lie…

  4. Rachel says:

    LOL HEather πŸ˜‰
    Sometimes the silence is just so blissful πŸ˜‰

  5. geekbabe says:

    Oh my goodness, you must have been rather frantic by the time you found her! LOL,thanks for sharing a really cute story with a happy ending!

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