When my son was born, I hated putting him in a car seat. It seemed unnatural to put him in the back seat while I was driving. I couldn’t reach him there. I couldn’t even see him! There’s just no ‘silence’ like the ‘silence’ of a newborn. Sometimes I’d panic and pull the car over, just to make sure he was still breathing. Nowadays, if he’s quiet, I thank God for it. But back then, part of me was just sure he was dying if I couldn’t hear him.
I have to chuckle, remembering, –but even now it bugs me, not being able to see him. I can tell by the sounds if he’s happy or upset, but it’s harder to tell when he’s quiet. Is he asleep? Counting his fingers? Flushed and nauseated? I can hear you laughing at me, you mothers of two or three kids, but I’m a newbie. I worry about this stuff!
My sister-in-law suggested I try a back seat mirror. She uses one to keep an eye on the kids in the back seat. ‘Preventing all-out warfare’, she calls it. I didn’t see how it could help. I’ve got a rearview mirror already, and I can’t even see […]