I’ve been waiting to share this story with you guys for awhile now—one year and two months, to be exact. When it happened, my husband and I both knew I’d blog about it, but we figured there’s a statute of limitations as far as parenting mishaps go. A year seemed like a good span of time…here goes nothing.
So, exactly one week after Julia was born, we planned out our first big adventure with her: an hour drive to the airport to pick up Grandma! We packed everything but the kitchen sink into my diaper bag, timed out her feedings, bundled up our little newborn, and set out for our mini road trip to Venice’s airport.
Julia slept the entire way there (naturally), so we took her inside, but left her in the car seat since we had no idea if my mom’s flight was on time or delayed. Getting excited to see my mom, I suggested we get Julia out and wake her up so she’d be alert to see her grandma for the first time.
My husband started getting her out by removing the blanket that was tucked snuggly around her, while I kept an eye on the arrivals door.
“Um, Jess,” I heard him say.
“Yeah?” I replied.
Hesitantly, he responded, “Um…you should take a look at this.”
Figuring she had a blowout while she was sleeping, I started digging in my diaper bag to find another outfit. And then I looked up (or down, rather, since the car seat was on the floor).
“Oh, crap.” I blurted out as I saw what he was referring to.
But this was not about poop.
“Yup. We’re definitely being nominated for Parents of the Year.”
So what were we looking at? We were looking at our seven-day-old daughter not buckled into her car seat. Parents of the freaking year.
You better bet your bottom dollar that I quickly thanked Jesus for getting us to the airport safely. I honestly have no idea if I put her in the car that morning or if my husband did, but the one thing I do know is that we promised to always double check that she was buckled in from that day forward.
Have you ever made a huge parenting mistake like that before?
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