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my worst mama mistake

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Today I had my worst mama moment in my 4 short years. I was getting the kids in the car for the grocery store and had to put their car seat in because I traded cars with my husband for the day. I got Darby’s seat in first, buckled her up and when I closed her door I heard a “beep!”…like a door locking beep. I instantly started checking all the doors and flew into “mom mode”. Sure enough, my 15 month old was locked in the car. Darby at this time was actually laughing in the car thinking that I was just playing peek-a-boo with her as I was peering into the window while trying to see where the key could be. I completely unloaded the contents of my purse onto the floor of the car port trying to figure out if I maybe, just maybe had put the keys back into my purse before I closed the door. Then I called Gabriel to ask what I should do…his advice was to call 911. That’s when I kinda started freaking out. And can I just admit that I was also a little freaked out with the reality of having to smash my husbands car window in, I mean really? replacing a car window is expensive folks!

At that moment I peered back into the window to check on Darby and saw her smiling up at me with the key in her hand. I then started trying to tell her to press the buttons through the window and to my surprise after about 39 seconds she started pressing them. First she pressed the lock button again, so I continue to coach her saying “press the key Darby”…I realize now how silly it was that I was trying to convince a toddler to press the buttons but at this point it was my best chance. After the longest minute of my life she pressed the unlock button! And in shock and pure joy I pulled the door open as fast as I could. I still can’t quite believe the craziness of this story!

Let that be a lesson to us all, keep your keys close ;)

Have any of you had scary mom moments like this?!

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darby lowe : 15 months

I haven’t done this yet on the blog but I thought it would be fun to have a new feature that tracks the growth of our little ones.
Since Darby got her first black eye after a mishap involving a laundry basket and her big brother (!!) I’m going to wait for a little bit to do her ‘official’ 15 month photos – until then these instagram pics of her over the last few months will have to do :)

Darby is now 18.8lbs which is the -2% on the CDC growth chart (which is the growth chart used by most pediatricians). Our pediatrician is not too concerned because she is on the upward climb – her growth kind of stalled out at 9 months which was a concern, but since then she has grown well. She is also 15% for weight on the WHO chart so we really aren’t concerned – she’s just little ;)
She is also 29″ long (16%) and her head is 18″ (45%)

Words Darby can say: Mama, Dadda (and Daddy), Gracen, Bear, Ball, Night night, Bath, All done, More, Juice, Milk, Nap, Baby, Diaper, Dog, Teeth, Nose, and Eyes but pretty much repeats any word we ask her to say.

She is doing great with sign language, signing and saying all done, more, milk, and juice. She knows the sign for please an thank you but refuses to say the word when she signs them. We are still working on the sign for sorry.

When she turned a year old she had four top teeth and two in the middle on the bottom, and had all four molars. Since then her lower “lateral incisors” are coming in. She also took her first steps at about a year and is walking all the time now.

At night time I can tell her it’s time to brush her teeth – she says “teef” and smacks her lips together (trying to gnash her teeth!) and crawls up the stairs and heads to the bathroom.
She knows what Nap and “Night night” are and when I tell her it’s time she will go around and give everyone kisses and crawl up the stairs to her room – she rarely cries when I put her in the crib and she still sucks her index finger to go to sleep.


She is starting to learn about animals and LOVE dogs – when she hears a dog bark she will say “dog!” and bark along. When we ask her what a dog, cat or cow says she can make the correct sound for them. We are still working on monkey but she loves to say “ooh ooh aah aah”.


One of her favorite things is music. If she is fussy singing will usually cheer her up and she dances anytime she hears music. I think her favorite song is “something in the water” by Brooke Fraser, as soon as she hears that song she joins in on the “do do do’s” and “ah ah’s” of the chorus.

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