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Rookie Mistakes is back!  And we are back with a bang.  Now this post is one that would likely get the Mumsnet brigade hot under the collar and dishing out their judgement.  But what I love about this series is it’s honesty and the fact that we are all human.  And quite frankly it’s much better to have a giggle at our mistakes.  And I love that you have all embraced that.  So without further ado here is Crystal from The Busy Mom Diary

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Lost in Video Game Translation 

We had just moved to a new neighbourhood a few months earlier when our family was invited to a friendly barbecue at a nearby neighbour’s house.  I had put them baby down for his nap a little earlier that day and my husband was playing the video game.

While the boys were busy, the toddler and I had prepped a salad to bring over to the neighbours. We got dressed and I put my daughter’s hair in these tiny cute little pig tails. She was so excited to go outside and play with the little girl from next door. As I put on the toddler’s shoes, I glanced at my husband as he battled enemies in Call of Duty and told him that I was going to head over with the toddler and that when he was done he could grab the baby and meet me there.

I grabbed my daughter’s little hand as we walked over, she happily skipped and sang twinkle twinkle little star. Her smiles grew the moment she saw her little friend and without any words, she was off to play. About twenty minutes later I spotted my husband across the yard with a beer in his hand and went about my conversation with a dear friend.

30 minutes had passed when one neighbour openly asked me, “Where are the kids?” I pointed out the daughter and then glanced around for my husband. The baby was not with my husband. He was not with me. I quickly looked around to see if someone else had picked up the little one, but he was nowhere in sight.

Insert Mama Panic Mode.

I rushed over to my husband and loudly demanded to know where my baby was. He looked surprised as he stared at me for a moment before he chuckled. Why are you laughing I asked. This was a case of miscommunication and a big one at that – he only half-heard me as I left the house and thought I said I had both the kids.

To my very own disbelief, we managed to both leave our house and left a sleeping 4 month old asleep in the crib. We quickly ran home, just a few doors down, where we found the doors unlocked and a baby sound asleep in his crib.

To this day, I have often wondered if my sweet little angel ever woke up that cool spring day when we forgot him at home.


About Crystal:


I am a full-time working, potty-mouthed and tempered, home-cooking, thrift-finding thirty-something mom on a budget. I am married and have two children, a tween and a teenager. Life is great. I blog to share our personal life experiences and adventures in parenting.


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7 Comments on Rookie Mistakes – Lost in Video Game Translation

  1. Haha – oops! Still, I don’t think it’s as bad as both going home & leaving your kid at a pub, and that was okay for the PM, so I’m sure this was fine! #FridayFrolics

  2. LOL! It’s only funny because God knows this happens sometimes and your baby was safe and sound just a couple doors down. Someday you’ll tell this same story to your baby. (And without doubt, will never let your husband live it down!) Thanks for sharing this!

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