Thankfully the weather was nice and Gabe spent a lot of time climbing in and out of the flower bed and playing with his car. Gabe now prefers to push his car and watch his mama chase after it then ride in the car like it is intended.
We weren't imagining it being 4 hours, but with a key snafu with our landlord husband then traffic problems it couldn't be helped. Well, it could have been helped by calling a locksmith right away, but that's neither here nor there.
In the meantime, I found out that I had locked our car by setting the alarm off (it is a very loud and long alarm) and the only thing I could get out of the car was Gabe's sweatshirt. That was definitely a good thing because while it was 65 and sunny at 2:45 when we went outside by 6:00 when the sun had set, the air had a good chill to it. We took refuge in the garage where I twirled brooms, wore buckets on my head and sang Wheels on the Bus at least 40 times to keep Gabe happy. And his happiness allowed me to keep my sanity.
Around 7:30 our landlord showed up, let us into our house and we cleaned up, ate dinner and went to bed. Truly, Gabe was asleep by 8:30 - complete madness!
Now we have a spare key and I am just a tad bit paranoid about being locked. By tad paranoid I mean I checked and rechecked about 5 times before we left the house yesterday and today. I will not be locked out of my house again. For 4 hours. With a 2 year old. I will not!
For entertainment value, when we left to go to physical therapy Tuesday morning my SUV alerted me that there was a theft attempt on our vehicle. Good to know, except for the fact that I was the one trying to break in.