Sunday, September 29, 2013

A First....And Hopefully A Last

Amelia has been saying she has to go potty and she has actually been sitting on her potty for a couple of months now so when she took off running down the hall yelling "poo poo", we didn't think too much about it.  My mom was the closest to her so she followed behind her so she could help Amelia pull off her diaper. Well, little Miss Independent didn't want Nannie's help so she proceeded to run faster and yelled NOOO to Nannie.  She made it to the bathroom before Mom and she shut the bathroom door.  This is a new phase for her.  She loves to go around and close all the doors in the house but usually she's on the hall side and not the room side. Since she needed to go potty, she was on the room side.  First mistake.
Once she was in the bathroom, Amelia started banging on the door and she wanted Nannie to bang back.  This little game continued on for a little bit until Amelia decided to reach up and turn the lock on the handle.  Second Mistake. 
At first, we didn't really know what to do so we just laughed and tried to give instructions to Amelia on how to unlock the door. After a few minutes, which felt like hours, we decided that we were going to have to get the door unlocked from our side.  We gathered screwdrivers, metal hangers, grilling skewers, butter knifes and a hammer.  We originally thought we would be able to open the door using the metal hanger but we quickly figured out that wouldn't work.  
After a lot of prying, Amelia sensed something was wrong. Her playful knocks on the bathroom door turned into panic filled knocks. This is when Jason tried to bulldoze the bathroom door down....true story.  He backed up and threw his weight on the door, not once but twice, without any luck.  I'm not sure how hard he was really trying because Amelia was right on the other side and she could have gotten hurt if he successfully knocked the door down.  
Mommy suggested to unscrew the handle and eventually that, along with some hammering, was able to free our little lady. 
I think it took us all by surprise how unprepared we were for a situation like this and it caused us to brainstorm and come up with ideas to prevent it from happening again. 
This is when our grand idea was born...

Tape on the door handles. I know they have door knob covers that prevent children from opening doors but the middle is cut out out that wouldn't help with the locking situation.  We will see how long the tape is able to detour...wish us luck!

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