Thursday, March 26, 2009

Children and small spaces are not a good combination!

The title should really say it all....

School pick up was interesting today. We usually arrive about 20 mins early so that we can get a car park. As usual we were sitting on the bench outside CC's classroom while we were waiting.
She has done this before, but today it went bad....
Often I have had to discourage Almond Eyes from sliding behind the bench. You see the bench is bolted to the concrete & right behind the bench is the classroom wall. Not much room inbetween.
Usually I catch her with only one leg down the gap... today I didn't realise she was all the way in until she said "I'm stuck"!
Ok stay calm.... I tried to lift her out with no luck. I tried to straighten her legs so that we could wriggle her free. They were stuck. Ok, so my phone was in the car, one of the other mum's waited with her while I ran to get my phone... incase i needed to ring 000... [note:running is not good for a pregnant woman]
Got back & she was surprisingly not crying anymore... ahhh someone had a stash of lollipops in their bag!
So I went into CC's class room and asked the teacher's aide for a little help. She grabbed some washing detergent.
AE was well and truly wedged behind that bench. She was also starting to get quite frightened... They called the school janitor.... he came and had a good look & climbed under the bench to see if he could wriggle her legs free... still no luck...
Then we all proceeded to strip her clothes off the best we could. AE was hysterical at this point. Once the clothes were off she was then lathered up with washing up detergent. A little more manouvering & she was free. All slimey she was in my arms.... both of us crying!
We then went inside & washed her off a bit put her shirt back on & went home....

This is not the first time she has become stuck in a small space.... I fear it wont be the last either!

9 comments:

Givinya De Elba said...

Oh no! Oh-no-oh-no-oh-no! That's a freaky thing to happen! Glad she got out and in once piece too. Though I once saw a magician who sawed this lady in half then put her back together ... maybe that could have helped here.

Long dark hair, blue eyes said...

good old washing up liquid - is there anything it can't do?

Taryn said...

oohh no :( poor Ella!!! :(

Hippomanic Jen said...

That sounds like the scariest time for both Mum and child. I'm glad you got her out without power tools.

Cazbam said...

oh dear. I'm glad things ended well. I bet you won't be sitting on that particular bench for a while

Femina said...

When she gets old enough she'll think, "I really must blog about that time when I was little and got stuck behind a bench..."

That sounds very scary for both of you. I hope you're both feeling better now. ((hugs))

Dee from Downunder said...

Oh my! What a nightmare! I am glad she came out unscathed, but what an ordeal!

Crazy Sister said...

Oh no! The poor little thing! A magician with a saw would have been handy, but there's only so much you can be expected to carry in a nappy bag.

Love the idea about her blogging it in a decade's time! I'll comment on her blog that I remember when it happened...

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

ouch and I was tearing up just reading it , can't imagine being her mum and pregnant and right there too.
An ordeal alright but so bloggable and perfect for the 21st embarrassing stories.