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Anton, My Little Hero

Anton, My Little HeroSo, last week, I got a message from our nanny that made my heart stop…

I was working in our office, when my phone buzzed, and I looked down to see this message from our beloved nanny Maria (FYI we live in a third-floor walk-up apartment, and Anton is 22 months old):

The most insane thing just happened. I don’t even want to admit that I was this dumb, but it’s such an amazing story that I have to tell it. We heard the UPS guy buzz, so excitedly we all ran down to the lobby to get the package. Anton was following RIGHT behind me, so I didn’t think about the door locking behind us at all. Well, once Toby and I got upstairs with the boxes, the door was closed, with Anton inside. I didn’t have my phone, my keys, nothing.

So I tried to stay calm and asked Anton if he could open the door. I heard him drag the footstool over to the door, and try to open it but just said, “Too hard, Ria…” Then I remembered that my keys to the apartment were loose on the counter. So I told him to drag the stool over and get the keys. Toby and I listened closely and heard him telling us that he was getting “Ria’s keys.” Once he came back over to the door he tried to use them on the doorknob, haha, so I ripped a piece of cardboard off one of the packages, realized that it fit under the door, and told Anton to look down. Slowly and calmly, I told him to lay the keys on the paper so I could pull them under. The first time, the keys were stacked up too high to pull under the door, so I asked him to do it again, and the second time he laid them perfectly and I was able to pull them to the other side.

Joanna, you have no idea how relieved I was! I felt horrible! I promise I will NEVER leave the doorway without my keys again!!! I gave Anton the biggest hug once we got in and have him a lollipop for being such a good listener. I cannot believe that an almost-two-year-old was able to listen to directions so clearly and work with me so well! Tonight I will be having an extra glass of wine…

Bravo, Antoni! And a huge bravo to Maria. Nerve-wracking moments will inevitably happen with children, and the important thing is how you handle them. Maria was amazing here! I was so in love with both her and Anton that day!

Anton, My Little Hero

Have you ever had scary moments with your little ones? It’s inevitable but always so rattling!

P.S. 8 questions to ask a new babysitter, and being your child’s touchstone.

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo)

  1. CC says...

    Is it too late to comment a week later? Anyways…
    I was babysitting once – a 10 year old and a 2 year old. They had this playroom where the door locks from the outside if you shut it. Well one day the 2 year old closed the door on me and the 10 year old. After a moment of panic and a few deep breaths I ended up having to take the screen out of the window and carefully lower the 10 year old out so she could go around the house in the unlocked side door and let me out. It wasn’t a big deal but those first few seconds were utter panic.

  2. Anton is ADORABLE!! He is growing up so quickly I can’t believe these photos.

  3. The day I quit smoking. I was going to take a shower so I put the bolt on the door but then quickly decided to go on the porch to have a smoke. My then 18 month old was napping in her room and I didn’t realize the stick that locked the slidding glass door was leaning against it when I shut it behind me. I was completely locked out with no way to get in. I also had a lock on the porch door that led to the hall so I couldn’t even get out that way! I have no idea why or how but my daughter’s room window was unlocked and I had my phone with me. The maintenance man was able to climb through her window and free me from the patio. Never went out there to smoke every again!

  4. My worst babysitting moment was when I was watching three little boys (under 4) – which already sounds like a nightmare, right? ;) I was trying to get the baby to sleep, but I heard the boys yelling in the next room. They share a room, and the younger one (2) locked the older (4) in their room! It locks from the outside, and it was a really old lock (old house), and I couldn’t get it unlocked – it would just turn and turn and turn. The poor older boy was so scared, and was afraid he would be trapped in his room forever! The baby was still crying and the middle boy would not apologize for what he did, either. It wouldn’t have been SO bad if it hadn’t happened AGAIN thirty minutes later!!

  5. When my daughter was about 28 months I had a friend and her kids over for the morning. When it came time for them to go, I went to help my friend down with her things and when I got back up, the door was locked. I tried to get my daughter to open the door, but she was waaaay more interested in Dinosaur Train. I called maintenance and it took 20 minutes for someone to show up to let me into my apartment! When we got in, she looked up like, “Oh, there you are!” Toddlers.

  6. Absolutely amazing! It’s amazing what children are capable at such a young age. Bravo to your little one! & Also to your nanny for handling the situation so calmly!

  7. Jane Tanner says...

    What an adventure! Such impressive listening skills for a toddler!

  8. Tristen says...

    When my sister accidentally locked herself out, my 2.5-year-old nephew squeezed through the cat door to unlock the door : P

  9. neisha says...

    amazing!!! We had an awaking moment like this with our 18 month old when he got locked in the car (we were on a road trip far from home) , he was in his car seat! Amazingly he listened to my husband and was able to unbuckle the top of the harness and reach to unlock the door. thank god.

  10. S D says...

    Totally reminds me of the Anne LaMott book, (which you recommended, thank you!) when her son accidentally locks her out of their hotel room, and she works with him to jingle the lock and eventually open the door. Kids are so amazing… so much smarter and aware than we will ever give them credit for. I’ve never forgotten her story, and this one is just as beautiful!

  11. MOlly says...

    What a stud! And please talk to me about those little short denim overalls. They are the cutest!!!

  12. Ohh my. What a story. I don’t know what makes it so beautiful, maybe knowing all the emotions Maria would have felt (something we all fear) and then your pride over Anton. So sweet. Thank you for sharing!

  13. meg says...

    joanna, do you know about this alfie book? http://www.amazon.com/Alfie-Gets-First-Shirley-Hughes/dp/1862307830/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433872917&sr=1-1&keywords=alfie+gets+in+first

    the same thing happens to him and i love the way the story is told (although Anton was much braver than Alfie is!)
    (Also, the Alfie and Annie Rose books are so sweet. And I love the drawings — esp. the cluttered chaos in the background — completely captures life with two little ones!) xo.

    • Alfie and Annie Rose never go out of circulation in our house! And I grew up with them, too. Shirley Hughes writes the perfect books for preschoolers.

  14. Danielle D. says...

    I think kids, even at that young age, should get more credit then we give them.

    Kudos to the nanny for being calm-kids can at least sense distress and that rarely halps a situation.

    Some parents may have been mad at the nanny, but stuff happens. If stuff like that seldom happens and everyone was okay, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

  15. Megan says...

    When you hire a nanny, you must look for someone with good judgment. Sounds obvious, but you need someone who is going to handle the curve balls life with little children can throw without freaking out, as Maria did. Good job Maria – and good job Joanna, for being an understanding employer!

  16. Rebeccah says...

    Oh MY Goodness. This story brought tears to my eyes as it made me remember the time, not too long ago, that I did a very similar thing. I left my 7 month old playing on the floor while I went just outside my apartment door to grab his Ergo carrier. The door snapped shut behind me. No phone, no keys, no way in. Oh the blinding panic! Luckily the neighbor was home downstairs. She was my calm voice of reason when my son started screaming. I ended up calling the NYPD from her phone, who came and annoyingly didn’t have jurisdiction to ‘unlock the door’ but could break it down (huh?!). But they did drive me 7 blocks down the street so I could pick up the spare set of keys from our nanny share. Oh how I hugged my son when I finally got back in to the apartment. I still have no idea how much time passed in between locking myself out and getting back in. It could have been 10 mins, it could have been 30.

  17. me says...

    Awww…Anton reminds me of the boy with the purple crayon. Great kids! and nanny too:)

  18. What a sweet, sweet story! Yay Anton! How impressive! Ria sounds like a very calming, nurturing nanny keeping them unfazed. It’s amazing how little ones can be so aware (and helpful!). And I love how they call her Ria!!!!

  19. Nann says...

    I love this article and I’d love to know if your sitter, who you loved and who has moved to Colorado is interested in nannying again. I live in Colorado and I know someone in Colorado who is looking for one.
    Thanks!
    Nann

  20. What a sweet, patient, calm, intelligent human he is. Well done, Anton and Maria! And… whew!

  21. Kids are AMAZING. It special amazing how smart they really are. As adults we never give them enough credit until they do something like this. What a little helper. Lucky you have a calm babysitter and a smart boy!

    <3
    heather
    fashionistanygirl.com

  22. annie g says...

    Read Alfie Gets In First by Shirley Hughes.
    Where Alfie lead, Anton followed.
    Sensible boy.

  23. Kate says...

    Oh I loved this story! Sweet Anton. My little guy walked out the front door once when my back was turned, he was two and I didn’t know he could even reach the doorknob! I frantically ran up and down the block and even called my husband in a panic. I never thought to check the garage… he had ran and gotten in my car to “go to work” and had accidentally locked himself in, so couldn’t open the door again when he heard me calling for him. Oh lordy. Poor sweet child could see me running back and forth the whole time and was so upset. The whole episode lasted maybe 60-90 seconds but felt like a lifetime! I’ve never cried so hard in my life. And I promptly bought a deadbolt to install on our door out of his reach!!!

  24. Rachel says...

    To me, the impressive thing here is the trust you have built with your nanny. You and she have a good enough relationship that she told you this story. Based on the facts alone, you could have been angry with her. My issue with having to leave my children with people other than family will always be trust. Although I’m getting better with time, you have clearly mastered it.

  25. Meg Webster says...

    From the point of view of a speech-language pathologist, that is some AMAZING receptive language Anton demonstrated.

  26. Wow, not many kids of his age would be able to do that – way to go Anton!

  27. Betsy says...

    Have you read Alfie Gets in First?

  28. Nicky says...

    I follow your blog (which I love) and I hate to sheepishly admit I rarely do comment, but this post was one that warmed my heart and made my day so much brighter that I had to. Kids are the cutest and will surprise you in the best ways. It sounds like you and your nanny have a great relationship as well! Great job to you all, especially Anton!

  29. Sharon says...

    Wow, Anton! I have a son who is a month older than Anton, but I doubt our son could have done the same thing – he’s never used a footstool to reach anything, for one, because we don’t own one, but more important I am not sure if he already possesses that ability to listen, understand, and execute! Good for little Anton.

    Also – wherever did you get those adorable overall shorts he’s wearing in the photo?! I cannot get over overalls on boys!

  30. Joanna Goddard says...

    I am loving all these comments so much! So fun to read.

  31. Woohoo go Maria, you had your super nanny hat on that day. Goes to show of the beautiful relationship between nanny and Anton, to have such interaction, responsiveness and understanding between each other at age 2. Glad it was a good outcome :) #nannylife

  32. Whitney says...

    I’ll never forget the first time I was locked out of the house while babysitting; I had to send my little one (not so little at 10 or so), mortifyingly through the kitchen window located above our natural height. It wasn’t until we were back in the house that she told me that “Mommy has me do that all the time” – Haha!

  33. Mariana says...

    I totally did this to my nanny as a toddler too.. except that I wouldn’t unlock the door and she had to call my parents from the neighbor’s house. Your kiddo is clearly a lot smarter :)

  34. jill c. says...

    i locked my kids in the car by accident in a grocery store parking lot…it’s too long of a story to write but let’s just say it had to deal with an emergency diaper change for my daughter (who was close to 2 at the time), groceries that spilled out of the car while grabbing diapers and a fussy 5 month old son who i gave the keys to play with while trying to resolve it all (who of course inadvertantly locked the doors while playing with the keys)…. some how in the end my daughter was able to grab the keys after my son dropped them on the ground and push the button to unlock the door… i was so amazed! I was totally freaking out inside by stayed calm while giving her directions… I will never forget that time…and I will never give my kids the keys again to play with while they’re inside the car and i’m outside of it (what was i thinking?!)

  35. Lael says...

    Aw, this is a sweet story. Good for you for having a clear mind about it and being proud of both your nanny and child. (Some parents would just be angry at the nanny.) you are right, its all about how you handle these situations, because they happen to everyone no matter how careful. xo

  36. Amelie says...

    So sweet! it is unbelievable how they can be so helpful and clever!! Bravo Anton!

  37. Tomomi says...

    Joanna, you just made me smile and cry. You have such a wonderful sun and know way to share your story. Just wanted to tell you that there is a reader in Japan, who much appreciate your blog. I can just imagine Anton and Toby glowing up, being brave, funny and loving their mom very much.

  38. This was so nerve wracking to read. I’m glad it worked out (Way to go Anton!). I had a heart stopping moment with my 2.5 year old son a few months ago. We were at a cafe that has a playroom in the back for the kids. My son, Roman, normally stays in the play area and only ventures to the cafe in the front to show me a toy and then returns to the play area. I never watch him all that carefully because there’s nowhere he can go. Normally. On this particular day, I was with him and my friend and her daughter and I was distracted by an article in the newspaper. I look up briefly from the paper and I can’t find him. Suddenly my friend bolts towards the door of the cafe which is always kept closed except for that day since the cafe owner thought it was a bit hot inside. My friend found Roman on the sidewalk about to run into the street. I didn’t even realize that something was wrong until like 30 seconds after I saw my friend run toward the door. I felt so panicked and also like a terrible mother that I didn’t even notice he was gone. It was also so embarrassing for that to happen in public because I felt that everyone else just witnessed my incompetence as a mom. A month after that happened, I was walking down a busy street when suddenly I saw a baby a little younger than my son, just standing there on the sidewalk. I instinctively grabbed his hand. Just then, I see a woman running toward me at full speed with panic in her eyes and out of breath. She had been paying for something when she noticed her son wasn’t there. She thanked me profusely and I told her that I knew exactly how she felt and that the same thing had happened to me only a few weeks before.

  39. What an encouraging story!

  40. lea says...

    oh my god! this story is so touching!! it reminds me of something that happend to my family once.
    we were on a holiday with our campervan and went to the beach. when we got back to the van my parents noticed that nobody had taken the keys (it was a classic “i thought you took them” situation…) and unfortunately the door locked itself so we couldnt get into our van anymore. the door was closed and the only open window was over the bed in the front, really high and too small for all of us.
    except my little brother. he was 4 at that time.
    we somehow convinced him to climb through that window (he was so scared to get stuck – its really a small window), then climb down from the bed inside the van, look for the keys and then unlock the door. it was very quiet when he was inside the van and everybody was just listening. when we heard the clicking of the lock we were so relieved. my brother opened the door, his eyes full of tears – both because he was relieved to see us and because he felt proud that he made it.
    from that moment he always asked if somebody had the keys before we closed the door.

  41. My 3 year old son locked himself in the bathroom… We never lock it but the door had a key, so while I am with his baby sister in the living room, I just hear a “click”… Long story short, after a decent amount of panic, as in these moments you are usually alone, I managed to talk him into unlocking the door himself. He came out with having my lipsticks and eye crayons all over his face :) The reason he wanted privacy in the first place – he has found my beauty box… :) I was crying and laughing at the same time!!!

  42. It almost made me cry!

  43. This is amazing! What a super star. Both of them really!
    This reminded me of a story you shared a while back about the mom who’s baby boy was locked in the bathroom and how she was able to calm him down. Ugh, so heartbreakingly sweet. Wonderful story!

    • Ohhh, now I see you linked to it – how to be your child’s touchstone. He wasn’t in the bathroom but in a bedroom! I remembered that detail differently. So special nevertheless!

  44. Helene says...

    When my son was 3 months old , the carziest thing happened to us. We were all leaving for a little get away at my aunt’s house, she has that beautiful place in the country, and we were really looking fowrd to escape the city and find a little piece.

    So the car was all packed the baby was in his car seat and the car was running. “Ok now the dog” I called him, openned the passenger door and let him in. He always sits in the back as we drive but the passanger seats is a little lower than the back seat, making it a little easier for him to get in. So he hopped in, i closed the door and headed to my seat. when halfway my blood turn to ice when i hearded “click” . MY DOG HAD STEP ON THE “LOCK All DOOR BUTTON” situated in the middle of the two front seat. “Wait ” the car is running, my only key is in the car, my baby and my 80 pounds Boxer are locked in and i am alone (i was picking up my husband at his work on the way) . “Don’t panic” ! ( easier to say than do ) After a couple second of trying to come up with something brilliant, i called 911 .

    “Hello 911 emergency how can i help you?”
    While i was trying to explain what was going on, i had a genius flash”
    I looked at our 8 years old boxer and yelled trough the window ” SCOTT, front seat!” He looked at me, i swear i saw him frown a little, and he proceed. Than i heard it! the click i was hoping for!
    I slammed the door open , and told the lady on the phone

    “it’s ok the my dog unlock the door” and hung up

    I gave a big hug to my dog, kiss my son’s forehead and promise to myself to never ever leave the key in the car again!
    and then i realised what i had just said to the 911 lady and i started laughing! hahaha

    ps: sorry for all the mistake i am french! ;)

  45. Charlotte says...

    My sister once locked herself in the bathroom (the only key in the house and she managed to use it) when she was a few years old, and couldn’t manage to use the key to open the door. My mom ended up sawing a hole in the door so she could get to the key and unlock the door herself. Then she wisely hid the key.

    I can’t wait to see what my future kids have in store for me…

  46. Laura C says...

    Well, you already know that I love Anton, now I think he’s the smartest 22mo in Brooklyn!!!
    I take my keys with me because that almost happened once to me.
    Congratulations Maria and Anton! You are the best!
    xxx

  47. Anna says...

    Oh , that “Too hard, Ria…” totally got me. Way to go Anton!

    • Yes! I was thinking the same thing. Too sweet.

  48. Silvia says...

    When my little brother was three, he acidentally locked our housekeeper on the balcony (we were on the third floor), my sister and I were playing outside and the door was locked from the inside with the key in it. Our housekeeper shouted from the balcony, so we asked the neighbours to call my dad at work and make him come home. But he couldn’t unlock the door because the key was still in the lock from the other side! So then they had to call the fire brigade with a big truck, so my father could get in through the window (which luckily was open). The best thing? My little brother slept through the whole thing…
    He even made it to the local newspaper the next day!

  49. I did exactly this the other day! Luckily I had left my 5 month baby lying down rather than sitting up which he often falls down from, and even more luckily I had left the back door open. I had to climb on the bin to get over our very tall gate and then jump down onto the recycling store to get in. The funniest thing was my 3 year old who was also locked out with me repeated every sentence word for word of my shock horror when it happened! Me – Oh god! Her – Oh god! Me – we’re locked out! Her – we’re locked out! Me – what are we going to do? Her – what are we going to do? etc etc! It made me laugh and calm down and think straight which was a relief!

  50. Marianne says...

    Anton looks like a dancer here!

    And they both did so well! :)

  51. Christine says...

    I am thankful my husband installed keypad locks on our doors so I can never ever lock myself out! (and there are extra keys in a lockbox hidden just in case the keypad doesn’t work.)

  52. Wow what a clever little man. We’ve done something similar and thankfully my eldest was able to fit in through a tiny window to let us in. These things happen and yes you are right, it is how you deal with them that makes the difference.

  53. Jordanna says...

    Well done Anton, and well done Maria.

    I’m not sure when it started, but so glad you started using the word nanny as apposed to babysitter.

  54. Susy says...

    My oldest son was 5 months old when Hurricane Sandy hit. Our landlords that live above us were already away at their winter home, so we were in charge of checking the terraces and decks of our brownstone. We went up each flight of stairs, checking windows, etc., and then when we got to the roof, my husband stepped out, then I stepped out with our son…and the door closed behind me. My husband immediately knew that it had locked!!! So we were stranded on the roof with our infant with a hurricane approaching! Thankfully, we were able to climb over to the neighbors roof, and knock on their windows. They saved us (and had freshly baked cookies). My husband was able to use the neighbor’s tools to unlock our front gate so we could get back in. It was quite the ordeal. Thankfully, that was the most stressful part of our Sandy experience in Park Slope!
    Now we live in CA, and my 2 yr old locked our 1 yr old in the car with my keys! We live in a complex, so one of the office staff was able to save us with a spare apt key, and I could get our spare car key. I always have my keys in my pocket when I’m buckling the kids in their seats now!

  55. Nataly says...

    Bravo Anton! What a relief!
    We’re currently vacationing in Florida with our 9 month old. Yesterday, stupid new mom me: I sat our baby boy on a lounge chair on the pool deck, I turned to grab a towel, turned back and there he was face-planted on the paved pool deck crying hysterically! My heart literally stopped. STOPPED. Total panic followed by guilt. Baby is perfectly fine, thank God, not one scratch and I’ve learned my lesson the hard way….

  56. jilly says...

    i was shocked to realize how aware and smart little humans are…..my daughter did not speak much till she was close to 3 years but she did not miss a thing and could follow directions like a champ. when i was at the sink washing some dishes one day, i looked down and she had brought me the dish towel for drying….she wasn’t even 2!!

  57. Something SO similar happened to me with my son. He locked me out of the house when I ran outside to turn the car on in the morning. I was knocking for him to unlock the door but he didn’t get it. Luckily I have a spare to the front door…BUT it wasn’t there. So I had to go around to the back of the house and some how lured him into unlocking the slider door. Gosh it was terrible but I was SO relieved that he figured it out!!

  58. This is just a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. It is truly amazing what our little ones can do. My almost 5-year-old twins never cease to amaze me with their abilities! And, what a wonderful nanny you have. Good, loving people to care for our children are not easy to come by! Cheers, Joanna!

  59. tara says...

    I should really comment more often. I always feel like I’m reading a friend’s text and have something to say back. I promise to respond more.

    I nanny in SF and have been with the same family for years. However, different kids have joined periodically in a “nanny share”. One day after riding a carousel at Yerba Buena and walking back to the car parked on the 5th floor of the garage we had what we refer to as “the elevator incident”.

    The elevator opened on our floor and one three year old dashed out and the other backed onto the elevator. I ran after the dasher just as the doors started to shut. I kicked my leg to keep it open without success. Luckily I assess surroundings and always “think aloud’ to the kids. I had just enough time to yell, “go to the officer on the bike!”. Then I had to decide whether I go to the main floor or wait in case they came up. (the kids both knew what floor we were on). I waited but the dasher who was now in my arms was starting to panic over losing her friend.

    We nervously travelled down after another elevator rider told us we looked like we were looking for the lost little boy. Getting to the ground floor and not seeing my little ward with the officer almost made me faint. Luckily, the officer on the bike recognized me and said “your other kid is headed up to the 5th floor with the supervisor”. Then alerted him by walkie-talkie.

    We travelled back up, discussing why we always hold hands to find a very calm 3 year old waiting for us. The supervisor smile and said ” you must be tara. This brave guy knew just what to do and told us “my tara will always find me. she told me what to do and then she will find me”.

    I have never been more relieved or proud. Now my dasher will never ride an elevator without holding a hand and that brave little boy knows he can be calm as long as he listens for what to do.

    I had a few glasses of wine that night.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “My Tara will always find me.” That is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard.

  60. Chelsey says...

    What an incredible story!

    In March we were on Maui for a holiday with my then 16 month old. We picked up the rental car and I let him “drive” (his favourite activity) while we loaded the bags in. Without thinking I shut the door to walk around the car (my son was in the front seat playing with the keys in his hand) I dived for the door but heard the dreaded beep as he pushed the lock button (with a huge smile on his face). The car wasn’t running and it was super hot out. I was panicking! Luckily my husband stayed calm and encouraged our son through the window to “beep beep” the keys. 20 agonizing seconds later he unlocked the door.

    I know how hard your beloved nannies heart was pounding. Large drink for sure!!

  61. Ah! I love a good story about excellent caregivers! What a smart nanny and what a smart Anton!

  62. What a precious kiddo! So smart and so adorable!! I can’t believe he is such a good listener at an age that young! In my experience most kids are on a strict plan of tantrums and disobedience. I love seeing that you are raising such a sweet kid! You should be proud!!

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  63. Shannon says...

    When my oldest daughter was 16 months old, I snapped her up safely in her car seat, started a Barney dvd, shut the car door and then started to move towards the driver door when time stopped and I heard my car “beep beep” the auto locking mechanism. I had left my keys and phone next to her on the car seat and the spares on the glove box at the advice of the dealer because the car would “never” lock itself with the keys sensed so close! Hah!

    After realizing I would not be able to break the car window without inducing hysteria (and likely lack of the upper body strength to do so), I literally broke into our home, grabbed the archaic landline and dialed 911.

    I then, nervously and chaotically played hide and seek with my daughter by popping up in windows around the car while she probably watched Barney and wondered what in the world I was doing. The fire dept showed up shortly and quickly opened the door for a frantic, fearful mother. So frantic, in fact, they had to pry my grateful arms off of them to remind me to check on my daughter who was giggling away in the back seat :) who would’ve thought you can still lock your keys in the car?!

  64. Jo says...

    Bravo indeed, Anton!!! You’re brilliant!!!

    I love love love his pictures. Please post more!

    PS) Joanna, your solid relationship with Maria is so touching. Says a lot about your (and Maria’s) character! :^)

  65. Apparently my two older brothers went ice skating on a pond and the younger one fell through the ice and my older brother pulled him out!

  66. TootieMcBear says...

    Not long ago I opened the front door to get a package. I was in the full throws of slamming the door shut with my left hand when for some inexplicably reason (God?), I stopped the door with the my right hand mid-closure. I looked behind the door and my precious 3 year old had all his fingers wedged in next to the hinges. I never saw him creep up to look out the window. I was breathing in a paper bag for the next five minutes. I had to call my husband and have him talk me down.

  67. Karen says...

    Love this story and it happens to us all! When my daughter was 3 and my son was 18 months old, I was putting them into the car and my son was holding onto my keys. He was all strapped in to his car seat and I closed his door and was walking around with my daughter to put her into her car seat and I hear the doors click. My son had locked us out of the car and locked himself into the car. My daughter and I spent the next 5 panicked minutes gesturing frantically, trying to get him to unlock the car door. Luckily he pressed the unlock button accidentally and we were able to get in. It’s a moment, I’ll never forget.

    Even funnier, the next day he had his 18 month check-up and my daughter proceeded to tell the doctor all about it. She was very understanding, and we all agreed that I would no longer give him the keys to hold when he was the only one in the car.

    Enjoy those adorable little chubby legs!

  68. Lorie says...

    I’m so proud of Anton! Being a teacher and a new mom, naturally I cried each time Anton speaks in Maria’s narrative.

  69. Melanie Dawn says...

    I love seeing all of the nanny stories! I’ve taken care of the same little boy for three years. When he was a baby I ran out to get the mail and the door locked behind me. It was the middle of winter, I didn’t have my keys or phone, and the parents were at a funeral. I could see the baby asleep in his rocker but I could not get in! I ran around and around the house in a panic. I finally had to break a pane of glass out of the back door using an icicle. Luckily, it was a small piece of glass and the parents were very understanding. At my request, they had keypad locks installed on all the doors the very next day. Baby slept through the whole thing :)

  70. Nicole says...

    Way to go, Anton!

  71. Lillie says...

    Yes! When my second was born, my first and husband went to church one Sunday, leaving me and the baby at home. She was sound asleep in her cradle when I went out half-naked to the laundry room in the backyard. I closed the door behind me (Florida mosquitos!!) and locked myself out. When I realized what I had done, I went to the neighbors wrapped in a towel to call my family who lived close by. Every time the answering machine picked up I hung up instead of leaving a message. Eventually we got a key, and the little one slept through it all. Since then we have always hidden a key outside. PS. These are the same neighbors who found big brother, who had escaped the backyard and wandered to the front yard (in the street, corner lot) when he was about 2. Aren’t we lucky they didn’t call DSS?!

  72. That is incredible! What a smart little guy! And that he didn’t cry! I’m also a nanny and have accidentally locked the kids in the car twice…but I have a keypad to unlock the door so all was good, but each time my heart stopped for a good minute! The Mom recently locked the younger one inside the house and I had to come over with my set of keys to let her in. These things happen a lot!

  73. Kristi says...

    I’ve got a good one. I lost my keys a few years ago and my shiny new house keys were always sticky with the doors, especially the front door. I usually relied on my husband to open the doors for us or just, simply, did not lock them (we live in the country upstate. Not an excuse I know but we’re pretty secluded up here). After being away for a week we got home before he did and no amount of wiggling or coaxing would make the keys work in the door. I was panicked because my husband would not be home until the next day and I had two small children plus our dog and all of our bags. We walked around the house to see if any other door was unlocked but they were not. Then we thought of the windows. There are two, small, first floor windows and after piling up some random stuff to stand on we were able to open one of them. My then-four-year-old fit perfectly through. Feet first I hoisted her in and she landed softly onto the living room couch. The look of pride when she opened the door for her sister and I was fantastic!

  74. As someone who has nannied before, I have to say that you have a lovely relationship with your nanny. Not only because she told you about the event, but because of how she did it: immediately, honestly, warmly, humbly, even a little bit fearfully (in the best way). She was rewarded for her candor and bravery with your grace. Your rapport with her really does ensure the best childcare.

    • Melanie Dawn says...

      Absolutely!!

  75. Julia says...

    Ahh! I am a nanny too and just recently had one of the kids get his fingers stuck in the front door while the baby was crying for food and his two other siblings were running around hungry for lunch. It was crazy but everything turned out fine! Kids are stressful but so worth it all. Way to go Anton!

  76. Beth says...

    When I was in 6th grade, I was babysitting my neighbor’s 4 year old daughter, and it was bath time. She had gotten undressed and I had started filling the tub with water when the phone started ringing. I told her not to get in the tub until I came back and went to answer the phone (of course, should not have ever have left a small child alone with water, period, but I was like 11 years old and did not know any better). Anyway, I answered the phone when I suddenly heard the front door slam. I ran to the bathroom and she wasn’t there, and so I started running through the house shouting her name and looking everywhere, then ran outside in the dark and began hysterically shouting her name and looking around but there were woods everywhere, so I ran inside to call my mom because I had no idea what to do when Jessica came strolling back inside, completely naked, and holding a frog. She said she always took her bath with a frog very calmly. I was crying and hysterical. So much better to put a calm adult in charge of your kids!

  77. Jossie says...

    Years ago we had a near disaster with our 2 yr old son, Almost dinner time and a huge pot was boiling on the stove ready for pasta, sauce in another one. Hubs and I poured a vino and popped up to our rooftop garden to watch the sunset. Wind came up out of no-where, door slammed and we were locked out! $#$#@. No neighbours about as it was a Friday night and we were the only straight peeps with a toddler in our apartments building in Sydney. Our toddler was rumbling about downstairs playing between the kitchen and lounge. (We could see him through the roof window). We yelled out to him to come up and try and unlock the door and he tried but couldn’t. He thought it was funny and that we were playing hide and seek so went and hid. Hubs realised he had his mobile on him thank goodness so called a friend to call a locksmith. ‘Leave it to me’ he said. Next thing we hear sirens and a fire truck turned up. Somehow they got in downstairs and as our son wouldn’t answer the door as he was hiding (!) they BROKE it down and came charging up to us. Laughing they said our son looked out from under a blanket on the couch and said ‘boo’ not at all phased that fully suited firemen were charging through our apartment! Our front door was a mess – that took some fixing! The next day the toddler came up to the rooftop with me and casually unlocked the door to go out first. OMG!!!!! We were the talk of the gay community we were living amongst – who all thought it was hysterical!

  78. Fung says...

    Wow what a story!! Anton is so smart at 22 months old! Glad it was good ending!

  79. Margot says...

    Those legs!!!!

  80. So incredibly impressed that you and your nanny have a relationship of trust, where she felt comfortable sharing this story without fear. Seriously, kudos to you both. And, go Anton!

  81. Kira says...

    Oh, little dudes and locked doors! When my son was about 18 months old, we were visiting Dad at work. We walked out of his office into the shared meeting space between offices, and our son slammed the door shut once we were out and started laughing wildly.

    We quickly realized the keys to the office door were inside with the kid, and we had no way of seeing what was happening (this was a grad student office in an old campus building, so no nice glass doors to look through).

    Luckily we tracked down someone in the building with a master key and got the door open again. Our son had rearranged all the furniture and accessories he could get his hands on (waste baskets, rolling chairs, etc.) and apparently had a grand old time. And we managed to not have heart attacks in the process, so, win-win.

  82. Geraldine says...

    What a brilliant story you now have to tell Anton. Don’t forget to save the actual note in his ‘baby box’ he will love to see it when he’s older. I had my daughter lock herself in the bathroom. She was about 8 but has special needs and it was so important to be calm. I couldn’t get over how she managed to put the key under the door. It took forever to explain it to her and so any times she dropped the key. It took a long time but she did it. She’s my super star ?

  83. Laura says...

    I actually just cried a little reading this! Anton is my baby crush. I adore all of your posts and pictures of him.
    I have a 14 month old son, and it is so fun to imagine what my James may do that will surprise me like this.
    What a dear! And Maria sounds like a real winner too! Bless her heart, and yes, she needs a tall glass of wine, stat!

  84. Yay, Anton! You’re heart must have been racing as you read the entire message, mine was! I started crying with tears of relief as I was reading the end of the story because a similar thing happened to me when I used to nanny and I remembered the most awful feeling in the pit of my stomach that accompanied it. I’m so happy that you posted this. Things like this happen, they just do. They happen to good nannies, good parents, good kids, etc. It’s amazing to see how brilliant kids are when they are really needed.

  85. Nina says...

    Oh yes. We had a friend over when my son was two…I stood on the porch and he stood inside the door (Cold and snowy day) waving bye. And then he slammed the door. That was locked. With me in bare feet. We tried to get him to open the door. Finally my friend was able to.wiggle.into a high up.small bathroom window. From.then on almost everyone I know has a key to my place!

  86. Oh my gosh! That made me cry! That is CRAZY! What a little smarty. You should be proud of both your son and your awesome instinct to hire an amazing nanny!

  87. Carrie says...

    Similar situation, only it was my mother (!) watching our kiddos! My mom still smokes. During a mid-afternoon lull, Mom went outside to have a cigarette, letting the 4 year old know that she was ‘in charge’ of the 2 year old. Our oldest proceeded to start watching TV, while our youngest locked the deadbolt on the door. The little one refused to unlock the door – laughing while Mom was trying to talk her into it, while the older one ignored the knocking/door bell ringing/yelling from my mom. After much panicking, they finally opened the door for her. Mom now has the code to open our garage door saved in her phone.

  88. awww I had such a giggle at that last picture!! What a sweet sweet boy!!

  89. Tonia says...

    I don’t have children, but met my sister and brother-in-law at Ikea when her kids were young. We pulled into the parking garage and the kids were asleep in the back so my sister left the keys in the ignition while she got out to say hello to me and to get something out of the back. She left the driver’s door open. Her husband came around the car to say hello and closed the door to get by the car parked beside them. Just as she yells out don’t close the door, we hear it click. Both kids are locked in the car. There was a moment of panic for all of us. We tried to get the older one to unlock the door, but she couldn’t unbuckle her car seat. We called the police. It’s really embarrassing to call 911 and tell them you’ve locked your kids in a car. The police came, but said they could only break the window and since the kids were okay and the a/c was still on they weren’t in any immediate danger so we should call a locksmith. We called both a locksmith and AAA to see who could get there the fastest. It was a tense wait for AAA to arrive and unlock the car. We tried to stay as calm as possible so that we didn’t scare the kids and the police officer waited with us until the car was open.

  90. Megan says...

    Yay, Anton! I love that Maria shared this story with you. Glad everyone is okay!

    This isn’t quite the same, other than to say, mistakes happen… My little sister was only about 6 weeks old (I was 3), when we were going on a family road trip to Florida. I was so excited to go that I went to sit in the car in the garage while my parents finished packing. Once they were ready, we took off, and about three miles down the road (so the story goes), I exclaimed, “Is baby Katie not coming with us?” When they RUSHED back to the house, they found Katie in her swing, happy as a clam, none the wiser. They still feel bad about it, though we all love to point out that this story pretty much sums up my sister and me (and our first and second child tendencies).

  91. sarah says...

    when my mother was 8 months pregnant with my brother and i was 17 months old i managed to open my back door and wonder out to the middle of the street where I was so kindly picked up by the mailman! my mother had turned her back for a minute and I disappeared, luckily I was quickly returned but she says she nearly went into early labor!

    • MrsD says...

      Oh my gosh!! I can’t imagine!! They surely couldn’t even breathe until they got back to the house! I’ve always had a fear of doing that.

  92. So impressed that your 22-month-old could manage this — bravo indeed!
    My girlfriend once locked both her kids in her car, keys inside, kids buckled securely in their carseats. . . .

  93. JenMarie says...

    Our favorite books are the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes, about a 4-year-old boy in England and his little sister, Annie Rose. They’re really just about everyday occurrences but told so simply and really that kids can absolutely relate. One of the books, Alfie Gets in First, is about a nearly identical situation!

    • Jenn says...

      I’m 25 and I had a Alfie and Annie-Rose book as a child. It had several stories in it, all that I absolutely loved and can still picture the pages! My favourite was the one page birthday poem(?) that mum read to me every year, the morning of my birthday :)

  94. Oh my god, what an amazing story! What a smart kiddo you have!

  95. Sienna says...

    I was setting up for a meeting at my church with my one year old. I went in to a side room to get something and the door slammed behind me and locked. My baby was on the other side. I couldn’t get back in but I could go outside. So I ran around the whole building trying all the doors but they were all locked. Then I went back to the front door and I could see my toddler through the glass door and he could see me but I couldn’t get him. My keys and phone were inside. He wasn’t tall enough to reach the handle and I was crying and he was crying. Finally some missionaries for our church walked by and let me use their phone to call my friend who I also had keys to the church. She was already on her way and got there a few minutes later with keys to open the door. Could have been much worse but still took me forever to calm down. So scary. Glad it worked out alright. Anton is a hero!

  96. Oh this is so sweet, it totally reminds me ofthe Shirley Hughes book I had as a child where Alfie locks himself in. I now read that to my four year old. I hope she did induldge in a few glasses of wine! x

  97. al maher says...

    Very impressive communication! This post reminds me of one of our favorite picture books, “Alfie Gets in First” by the terrific Shirley Hughes (whose books all tend to end with everyone sharing tea and biscuits together).

  98. Katie says...

    That’s incredible! I have a 21 month old and he would just see it as an opportunity to put a bunch of stuff down the toilet and eat as much dry cereal out of the box as possible before I managed to get inside.

    Well done Anton!

  99. Elea says...

    I was a nanny in New York earlier this year and had a scary subway moment. I had three kids with me and when we got to our stop, the 10yo and 4yo got off, then the doors started to close before the 6yo and I could get off. I put my arms out and held the door, but couldn’t get it open enough to get out. Luckily the 10yo was pretty mature and said they’d wait right there for me to come back. Thankfully people on the train noticed and helped us pull open the doors so we could get out! It was my biggest fear as a nanny in New York…

  100. jona says...

    I went to the grocery store with my 2yo and strapped him in his car seat while putting the bags in the trunk. I was putting the cart back in the corral when I realized I left the keys in a little cubby in the car door next to my son and the car auto locked (or he played with the keys and locked it still not sure). I started freaking out and several people came over to help me and calm Max down while I dialled 911. A nice older lady was so patiently talking to him and trying to get him to push the unlock button while i was blubbering about like an idiot. He eventually did press the right button before the firetrucks came. The lady even stayed to make sure I was calm before I drove off. So grateful for awesome strangers. That’s my scary story!

  101. First, Anton is SO cute! Chubby legs are the best!

    Ok my scariest moment was when my daughter ( 23 months at the time) and I were riding the elevator together and I got off and she didn’t! I physically caught the doors as they were closing and tried to open them back up but the doors won. Talk about heart pounding! We were in a huge hotel in Sydney, Australia on vacation and they had staff on every floor looking for her. Thankfully a very nice maid found her wondering around on one of the floors and took her to the lobby. I was so grateful. My daughter was smiling and seemingly unaware anything scary had happened. I immediately burst into happy tears as soon as I saw her.

  102. Oh my gosh, I have been a long time follower of your blog and have never commented. But I HAVE to comment on this. A few years back, the same thing happened to my boyfriends then 2 year old niece when I babysat her. She was going through a phase where she loved closing and opening doors, and after going on a walk with her and placing her in the doorway at the top of the front steps, I went to grab the stroller to carry it in. Only to see her laughing, thinking it was a game, and closing the door on me. I had left everything inside when I put her there, including the keys. It was terrifying. She too was able to push a stool over, but wasn’t able to turn the door knob. Unfortunately, she started to panic a bit. I ended up having to call her grandmother (who fortunately lived a few blocks away). I told her mom, and felt so awful. She was luckily able to laugh it off, and still trusts me as a babysitter. I have definitely never made that mistake again. So funny to see that it happened to someone else.

  103. wow, go Anton! And Maria! I was a nanny for two years to the most adorable little boy and it’s a tough job, especially knowing that someone is entrusting you with their children (I mean, really, is there any other job pressure like that?!?) The woman that I worked for was so amazing as a mom and she really put her whole trust in me which felt amazing. Kids always get bumps and bruises but its especially hard as a nanny to break that news to the parents and wonder how they will react. Joanna, you had such a wonderful reaction to Maria, some moms might really be unforgiving but its clear that you instinctively trust that Maria cares for your kids and know that sometimes, shit happens.

  104. Eve says...

    My toddler loves to play with keys. One day, in an effort to calm him down while going over to his side to get him out of his car-seat, I gave him the car-key. The moment I closed my door I realised I’ve made a big mistake. He pressed on the lock button and the blood drained from my face. As calmly as I could, I told him to press the other button which he did and I immediately yanked his door open. Phew. Crazy mistake.

  105. Way to go, Anton!

    To make your nanny feel better, know that this is more common than she may think. I was apparently Anton back when I was two and my mom had accidentally locked the keys in the car with me inside! Apparently it took a little while, but I managed to unlock the car door.

  106. E. Fein says...

    Whew! These are the kind of things that age you years in a manner of seconds. Anton needs some kind of super hero t-shirt! Maybe you should consider getting a lock box and hang it on the stair railing by your apt? We have one and it gives me peace of mind.

  107. kelly says...

    I have the opposite story! I was the anti-hero! The moment my babysitter would step out of the house — to get the mail, to water our plants, to feed the dog — I’d instantly deadbolt the door behind her! She told my mom the first time I did it I’d calmly return to whatever it was I was doing and continue doing it, ignoring her knocking and shouting for me to open the door. She’d had to go to the neighbors to call my mom to come home from work! After that, I think she learned and kept me with her or the keys on her!

  108. Wow. As an adult, I would never be so calm in a situation like that. Good for Anton!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  109. This is an incredible story, Joanna! What a brave, smart little guy you have there and a quick-thinking nanny. You are blessed to have both! I am very happy to hear it all worked out and, even more, glad you shared this sweet story with us. :)

  110. Caroline says...

    My then 3 year old were walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. The sidewalks are super wide and have these concrete blocks along the way. He would climb each one and jump down. I was walking a bit ahead of him when I heard him exclaim “Train”. He’d spied one of the street cars coming by and had walked in into the busy street! My heart skipped a bit and I was momentarily frozen — thankfully the light was red at the time and there wasn’t any traffic. My heart still races just thinking about it even though its been 9 years since.

  111. This is so amazing! How patient and smart everyone was. :) This reminds me of the story you’ve shared (I think it came from Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions) about the little boy touching his mother’s fingers under the door until it was time to turn the knob. So glad she shared this story!

  112. Laura says...

    The fact that your nanny volunteered this information speaks volumes about your relationship! I spent a summer between college years as a nanny for a 14 month old. I took him with me to meet a friend for lunch one day but hadn’t told his mom that was the plan. When I went to get back in the car, the engine key was missing from my key ring. HOW did that happen?? I looked everywhere, including inside his diaper (you never know) but never found it. I called my mom to rescue us. We transferred to car seat into her car and I came up with an elaborate story getting stranded at the park. Looking back, I should have just let the mother know that I was meeting my friend for lunch, but I was young and stupid and afraid of getting in trouble… I am convinced, by the way, that the key evaporated into thin air.

  113. Elspeth says...

    What a star! Hooray for Anton, saving the day. It is horrifying when things like that happen. But well done to your nanny for not having a meltdown, Anton probably would have been upset if she had, and maybe not able to help.

  114. Brittany Jane says...

    Not yet. I fear the day. I’d like to know what your conversation was with the nanny!? “Please, for the love of God, take your keys AND be sure to count heads.” ?

  115. Monika J says...

    What a smartypants!

    I have to know – where did you get those overall shorts?! I must get a pair for my little one.

    • Brooke says...

      YES! Need to know where these are from – one of the cutest things I’ve seen for baby boys!!

  116. Megan says...

    Oh I feel for your nanny! It’s such a scary feeling! When my son was around 9 or 10 months old I went out into our shared laundry area of my small apartment building and the door closed behind me, locked. No phone or keys in my pocket. I checked all possible entries and then ran to the house next door and shakily begged to use their phone. My husband sped home from work and unlocked the door. We found him sitting where I left him with toys and books and a happy face. But that was some of the most stressful times of my early parenthood.

  117. Rachael says...

    Great story. Joanna, you might be able to set your apartment door to NOT lock automatically when it shuts. Sometimes there is a little switch on the side of the door, underneath where the bolt goes in and out. You flip it up or down, and then the door remains UNLOCKED until you actually lock it. I vastly prefer this option, since I would never forget to lock the door on my way out, but I could easily forget my keys, or imagine locking my son inside accidentally.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh thank you! i’m going to check that out.

  118. HILLARY says...

    When I was about 4, my mom went out to dinner and left my dad with my brother and I. When it was time for me to take a bath, apparently I closed and locked the door while my dad stepped out to get the home phone that was ringing. During that time, while the bath was running, I somehow locked the bathroom door and poured bubble bath all over myself so I was too slippery to open the door handle. I can actually remember trying to turn the handle and my soapy little hands going all over the place and crying- my poor dad must’ve been freaking out. My mom still tells the story that she came home to find me in my dads lap crying and the bathroom door off it’s hinges in the middle of the hallway.

    • awwww ahahaha I laughed at this story–how very very sweet!! That last line’s what got me :)

  119. Tristen says...

    Wow. Way to keep a level head when flipping the eff out would be a totally valid response!

    When my little brother was two, he locked himself in the bathroom. It was a WAY LESS complicated situation (Bravo Anton for handling it!), but we still had to get the ladder outside and crawl in through the bathroom window. Ever since, we hung towels over the inside doors so the locks wouldn’t latch, but the doors could still close : )

  120. Auste says...

    What a good boy! Last year, when my oldest was about his age, I ran out of toilet paper (not quite as nerve-wracking as being locked out of the apartment, but still). After sitting there for a minute I asked my daughter to go to the other bathroom and bring mama some toilet paper… She ran off, and came back with one tiny square. Ha! I asked her to go get more, but she refused. Then I asked if she could bring me some baby wipes… And voila! She ran to the changing table and brought me a whole pack! She was totally my little hero:)

  121. Holy crow! That is amazing! Kids never cease to amaze me — I think we don’t give them enough credit, then they always surprise us. What a smart little boy!

  122. Michele says...

    The door nob came off the door one morning and my 4 yr old daughter was trapped inside the toilet. I tried everything and finally had to call a locksmith to come over and open the door. I was on the phone with the locksmith and heard her yell, “Mommy, tell him I’m 4 AND A HALF!” It was also first thing in the morning and she hadn’t even had breakfast yet. I slid her crackers under the door. She wanted an apricot and I had to explain it won’t fit under. I thought she would be scared but she kept telling me it was ok because she was a super hero. So funny now!

  123. Colleen says...

    My mom ran a daycare out of our house when I was in my mid-twenties and we were outside in the pool with the two kids we were in charge of. My youngest sister lost her grip of the little boy ( who was close to two) and he went under for all of ten seconds before I had grabbed him from her and made sure he was okay. He was coughing (which was a good sign), and we were all panicking over it. We took him into the house, but he wanted to go back outside to play. We were more affected than he was.

  124. That is amazing! What a sweet and smart little man–and wonderful nanny–you have. I’m so grateful that, every time I’ve been really worried about something, my son seems to know and listens accordingly. It’s not always the case…

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  125. The same thing happened to my mom when I was around this age! At the time (a million years before cell phones, of course) we lived in a farm house miles away from anything. My mom didn’t have a car and my dad wasn’t due home for hours. She loves to tell the story of me dragging a chair across the kitchen and being coached to unlock the door.

    (Also, Anton’s outfit is so cute it’s ridiculous.)

  126. Angela says...

    Such a scary moment, this happened to me the other day, I got locked out and my two year old was inside – luckily I had my coat on and realized I had my keys still in my pockets, but I definitely felt my heart in my feet for a few moments before I realized!

    You are so right! nerve-wracking moments will happen with children, with parents and with their other caregivers. Being able to stay calm and problem solve is so important – how great to know that your kids are in such good care :)

  127. Jess. says...

    Each of my kids have a story of the time they “saved the day.” One day we were going home from the laundromat and I was distracted for just a moment, and big brother kept the little one from getting creamed by an SUV pulling into a parking unit, the kind where you have to drive over the sidewalk to get to it. It really does stop your heart, doesn’t it? The little one once got to climb out of the neighbor’s window, onto the fire escape, and into our [thankfully open!] kitchen window, when our front locks broke. They love to hear these stories.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so cute!

  128. Anton is THE. CUTEST. Also, good job little guy! What a good listener!

    • Lucy says...

      This was my very first thought! I loved that book when I was little.

    • How funny! I was just thinking about how Anton reminds me of my son, Alfie! I have that book, but I misplaced it before we even got to read it! I will probably search for it all night tonight!

  129. Amy Lauree says...

    I can’t remember at the moment if something like that has happened with my girls before. (Probably at the most, someone getting locked in the bathroom). But it’s so true, if you stay calm, then they may not see it as an emergency yet and it’s so much easier to resolve the situation! Although my worst nightmare was locking them in the car with my keys when they were younger. Now I worry that they will purposely lock me out one day as a “funny” joke!

  130. Ohhh my goodness! I once heard a quote that having a baby is like making the decision to let your heart go walking around outside your body. At 8 months pregnant, I can only imagine what it must be like to hear about or go through situations like these with your own child. I’m so glad everyone was okay, and that Anton was such a brave kiddo! And what a careful, thoughtful nanny you have!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that is so true! and even when it’s not a tricky situation. i find that even when it’s just everyday life and you’re at work or out to dinner or whatever, you have that tug of having something away from you that should be with you. it’s like you’re still connected. xo

  131. Anne says...

    Anton’s still-chubby legs–so amazing! My 16-month old still has them too (and an adorable toddler gut), and I hope that he never grows out of them. Keep the last vestiges of babyhood forever!