Perhaps a real milestone as a mother is being able to go to the toilet alone. It’s a short reprieve from the relentlessness of small people wanting to know your every move.
Mother of two, Laura Thomas*, is used to sharing her personal space with her five-year-old daughter, Kate and two-year-old son, Cooper.
This week, the 38-year-old mum hadn’t been feeling well, so she decided to take a trip to the bathroom, alone – and then the police got involved.
A police car was dispatched when London toddler Cooper called 999. File image via iStock.
"At one point yesterday, I rushed to the toilet leaving Cooper and Kate in our front sitting room. I heard one of them pressing phone buttons but I was pretty much stuck on the toilet. If I'm at home alone with the kids I pretty much always have to leave the door open so I can hear what they're up to.
"So I yelled - 'stop playing with the phone!' - and thought no more of it. Then after a while I heard the phone ringing but I was still stuck on the toilet and I also thought it was them holding buttons down or something," said the 38-year-old.
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Then Laura heard the landline ring, which hardly ever rings. The only person that uses her home number is her mother, and it kept ringing.