I was cooking my egg whites this morning while Emma played with the cats in the front room. She was within earshot, and I could hear her jingling the kitty ball, but when I went to check on her she was nowhere to be found, and the noise stopped. I call her name. No answer. I scream her name a few times, because usually she’ll cry and then I find her. Still nothing. This is when I really started to panic, and continued to yell as I searched the downstairs. I darn near had a heart attack with all of the scenarios that ran through my head. I can’t help but think about the horror stories that have been making their way through the blogosphere and on twitter lately.
Finally, Emma started to wail and I found her hiding behind the recliner – right by the outlet our lamp plugs into! I admit this sounds awful, hoping for my daughter’s hysterics. Any noise from her would have been great, but unfortunately she becomes as quiet as a mouse when I call her name. But when I yell, I get a reaction and find her immediately. Then I have to spend the next 15 minutes calming her down.
- Do all kids do this?
- When should I start sending her for therapy?