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Oh wow that must have been SO scary! Glad you found him though xx

Oh lord. My 4-yr-old did the same thing to us recently: http://jaysaint.com/2013/11/17/now-you-see-him/

OMG do I ever hear you...
And for me, the times I panicked because I couldn't find/ get hold of my knucklehead only made my neuroses worse.

I know EXACTLY what you mean. The very same thing happened to us with Child2. I had all sorts of freakouts - he was 4 at the time and was (and still is) VERY speech delayed. So glad all was OK.

Oh Tertia. My (surprise, 3rd, post-IF) Simon is the same way. He's 5. He wanders, oblivious to his surroundings. My BIL jokes (ha ha) that I should get a t-shirt that says "Where's Simon?" because I say it so often. I have felt this terror many times and I know how gut-wrenching and heart-stopping it is.

If it's any consolation, we lost (and by "we", I mean the FOUR ADULTS who were with her) my then-2-and-a-half-year-old daughter at an amusement park. It took us about the same amount of time to find her -- in one of the candy stores, happily sucking on a hard candy sucker a nice lady in the candy store had given her (apparently, this happens all the time... hmmmm....) So, you're definitely not alone. Two grandparents, two parents, and we still lost her for nearly 25 minutes. It was funny when it was over, but nobody was laughing at the time. Happy vacation.

P.S. My daughter is almost 26 now, and a mother herself. So somehow, in spite of having utter incompetents as caregivers, she has survived into adulthood. Kids are resilient creatures.

Oh heavens , every moms nightmare. Glad you are all fine

Shame, this happened to us over the long weekend but luckily not for so long (20 minutes is a lifetime if you can't find your kid). We were camping and the kids were generally running around all over the show but they generally kept together and had an adult watching over them. I had just told Mitchell (4yrs old) that the bigger boys must have thrown the fish (they had some small fish in a bucket) back in the sea when he asked where they were and then 5 minutes later I couldn't see him anywhere so I thought he must have gone to look for the fish. Panic stations! It was a huge camp site with lots of people. Everyone starts looking for him and my nerves are shot! I found him a few campsites away chatting to the couple there who were quite amused at this kid who just wandered into their campsite and started chatting to them. I had some stern words with him about talking to strangers etc etc but I'm pretty sure he'll do it again sometime!

What a scary experience. I also find it hard to relax, always have to be busy, even though I am a stay at home mom!

Even though I knew this story was going to have a happy ending, my heart lurched when Max disappeared. Those moments are horrible. I'm so glad that all was well in the end.

Good luck trying to relax, but really, just enjoy your holiday doing whatever makes you happy, even if that isn't relaxing at all.

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