In a second he was gone.
First he was beside me in the shop...the next second I went to speak to him and he was gone.
I was frantic...searched the shop...outside and in again...my elder daughter too was helping...also asked the staff....nothing...and we were in a new country in a big shopping mall.
We searched the whole mall....by this stage I couldnt even tell people what he was wearing...I was just so frantic and upset.
Then after about 20 mins a lady appeared with him....he had been trying to cross a very busy road....trying to find our car again....this lady had spotted him and brought him back to the mall....he is 4...and I think he was in shock...he just couldnt speak.
Thank god for that lady....
I have never experienced that, or anything like it before and am still upset by it....it was an awful feeling.
He is safely tucked up in bed now...but I am unable to sleep.
Oh hun - I really feel for you. They are just so quick aren't they? Last year my DS (then 18 months) got out the back door (I didn't even realise he could open it) and was down the garden before I realised. A man bought him back from the side of the road
Don't beat yourself up about it. It could have been awful BUT it wasn't. He's safe and sound asleep. Get yourself a glass of wine and take a few deep breaths. He's fine and he'll probably never be allowed out of your sight again. Don't blame yourself. These things happen.
...yes those twenty mins...seemed an eternity.
I just ran around like a headless chicken...backwards and forwards looking and running and calling his name.....the utter feeling of panick was tremendous.
I get a surge of panic when 2 year old dd vanishes from sight in M&S for 10 seconds - I'm just thinking of that feeling magnified 100+ plus!
My friend lost her 18 month old ds in Curry's for 4 minutes - he had dived into the lift and taken a ride up to the top floor!
I think we can probably all imagine how you were feeling, it's awful isn't it? So glad you found him safely. Comfort yourself with the fact that he will probably get over it more quickly than you. Try not to beat yourself up about it.
i lost my son too when he was about the same age. we were on holiday in an arcade at the fair. he had been playing on a game with my then partner and partner had come to ask me something, ds went back off with him. partner came up to me and suddenly asked where ds was, i replied that he had gone back off with him. i dont think i have ever felt so bad. all i could think in that moment was "oh my god, we're in the middle of a fair...he could be anywhere by now, with anyone". i was hysterical, shouting his name at the top of my voice and running around in circles. luckily all he'd done was sit in one of those enclosed car driving games just next to where my partner had been standing. i'll never forget it though. poor dp got the sharp end of my tongue (and it wasnt really his fault!)i really do know how you felt. he is safe now, nothing bad happened so all is well. dont keep going over it in your mind, it does happen. they're fast when they want to be. hugs.