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We went to visit a friend who lives up a long driveway off of a busy street. Right after we got there, 20 mo dd got away from me and ran down the grassy lawn that borders the driveway, bolting toward the road. I had only been there a few times and had the mistaken impression that there were hedges that would barr her from getting to the road. by the time I figured it out, she was almost ready to run right into 50 mph traffic!<br><br>
I was running, SCREAMING, BELLOWING, STOP STOP STOP KAY STOP!!!!. The thing is, Kay runs faster if she thinks you're chasing her because she thinks it's a game. There was a moment of horror when she looked back at me running wildly after her and laughed at me while she ran faster toward the road. I had been carrying a cup of apple sauce that I had just opened and up. until that point, I thought I had it under control. I hurled the applesauce and just sprinted, my huge tits practically hitting me in the face. It had just rained and the grass was wet. I was afraid of slipping. If I did, then she would die! It was all happening in slow motion, exactly like a nightmare!<br><br>
I reached her 6 feet before the road and carried her like a football the whole way up the hill, adrenaline pumping.<br><br>
We carried on with the rest of the playdate, but I was deeply shaken. I also didn't give in to crying at my friend's house because I knew if I did, I wouldn't stop.<br><br>
Later that evening after I put her to bed, I just watched her sleep. Then the tears came---hard. I almost lost her. In the dark, I re-lived every horrible moment over and over and over. I stumbled into our bedroom and collapsed into dh's arms bawling. The only thing that stopped me crying after an hour was taking a hot bath and reading a book. I got so tired in the tub that I could barely get out. Just utterly physically and emotionally exhausted.<br><br>
I'm so glad that I didn't lose her. It can happen that fast...
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> hugs mama. those little legs are fast. i'm glad it all turned out all right.
 

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Oh wow, how scary! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm glad everything turned out OK.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> wow you handled it way better than i would of! i'm sorry momma, glad it was ok after all!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s<br><br>
Next time, don't keep yourself from crying. there's nothing more impressive for a child that seeing a parent terrified -- it's a real, honest emotion, and she might (or not) associate her running toward the street with that.<br><br>
But then again, there won't be a next time, so maybe it's not all that important!
 

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How scary! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
I once had a situation something like that but it was a stoller heading for a jagged rock cliff. I tore my miniscus all the way through and collapsed before I got the baby. A friend came out of her house and caught him.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">, again
 

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I am always so good about getting my son out of the car in the parking lot. This time I was with my husband, who always thinks I am being overly protective. I told him to not let him out of the car until he was all ready.....he let out 2.5 year old out and then told him "stay right there" and began putting on his coat. I told him, "grab his hands" and as I finished my sentence, my son had booked, fast as only toddlers can run. I am a (HUGE) 8.5 months pregnant and I yelled at my husband to run!!!, which he did .....he got him about 3 feet from the street.....my son laughing.....like you all said, thinking it was all a game.....I think my husband will be better at it this time....but I always think things happen like this when your mind is not in the here and now......I always try very hard when I am OUT with my son to be present and take it slow....when you rush, it's when stuff happens. anyway...I too got home and ran the whole scene over and over in my head.....could have all been over in just a second.....very very scary!<br><br><br>
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Start to teach them red light green light. Simply Red light means stop in your tracks, practice in your driveway. I knocked my kid down once while pregnany rather than let him run into Main Street once. I have major runners. It is very scary. You shake with the thought that you almost lost them.<br><br>
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omg <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">: I started to cry just reading that.<br>
My dd is a runner & that is one of my biggest fears.<br>
So glad you caught her in time!
 

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I'm so sorry you went through that. But, so glad that everything is okay.<br><br>
We just had an incident a couple weeks ago involving our 20-month old running off, except we were at Kohl's. I was looking at maternity clothes and my dh was taking care of her, letting her run around since she was bored shopping. Well, he didn't realize just how fast she would run, and with all the clothing racks she was zigzagging through he lost track of her. We couldn't find her for around 10 minutes. We had the store monitor the doors and I ended up on the phone with 911, I was in such a panic.<br><br>
I sat and balled on the floor with her in my arms when one of the employees found her sitting underneath a clothing rack in the men's section on the other half of the store. I just finally wrote about it in her journal and couldn't stop crying. I have never been so afraid in my life.<br><br>
Our dd is a big chatterbox, but did not say a single word the whole time I sat there balling with her in my arms. That night and the next day I cried a lot, I would just look at her sometimes and think how I thought I may never have seen her again and start to cry. And I think she somehow understood partly. Whenever I've cried in front of her before she's cried or had some type of reaction, and these times she didn't, she'd just look at me.
 

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Glad to hear everything is ok. When DS#1 was about 3 he took off running and thought it was funny that he was going fast down a hill but he was heading for a very very busy street away from home. My husband took off after him and was yelling stop but he looked and ran quicker. My husband took off so fast that when it was all done and everyone was safe he realized he actually pulled something in his leg and had pain for many many months. After that adrenaline surge you truly get the shakes. I was awith a friend that does the red light green light and I think I am going to do that with both of them because it works when she does it with them all.
 

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We live on the highway and luckily my dd is not a runner, but I still remind her to stay off the highway every time we go get the mail and we also play stop and go game all the time. She is scared to death of anything moving, cars or tractors, and will stay way out of the way. Although my DH and I are still afraid of her getting out on the highway.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s to all the mamas who have had scary incidents. We are going to start working on red light, green light post haste.
 

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OMG I know, I KNOW. You're all in control, and then when you do release... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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