Happy Monday! Today I’ll be traveling for a work trip, so a travel related post seemed appropriate! This is my first extended trip away from Adeline, out of state, so I’m a little nervous, but I know she’s in good hands! Send some positive thoughts my way if you can! Ok, let’s get to today’s post…
As a new mom, I remember thinking one of the scariest things was driving my new baby around shortly after she was born. And by shortly I mean, those first few months. Heck, I still get nervous driving her around! I’ve watched too many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy to know that freak accidents happen, and if there’s one thing I feel most helpless around, it’s idiotic drivers on the road, and driving conditions we simply can’t control.
I didn’t used to be that paranoid though, in fact, I rarely thought about it. I had never been in a car accident, only seen them, and driven by them thinking, “that sucks.” But then at 6 months pregnant, we were rear ended on the interstate on the way to work one morning, resulting in a three car pileup and destroying the back end of our car. I can still remember every noise and every feeling from that accident like it was yesterday. It instantly put a fear in me of getting rear ended again, and I constantly catch myself checking my rear view mirror anytime we have to slam on the breaks. To make my paranoia even worse, when Adeline was just 9 weeks old, we hydroplaned on the interstate in Dallas, spun out and slammed into the concrete median barrier 3 times before coming to a stop, airbags deploying all along the left side of the car, and our car completely totaled. Adam was so shaken up he couldn’t dial 911, and Adeline was screaming because she was sound asleep before the accident. Now, anytime it rains and I’m caught on the road with Adeline, I catch myself gripping the wheel a little tighter, and holding my breathe for fear my tires might slip again. I’ve even pulled over to let the rain stop it makes me so nervous sometimes.
But aside from these past experiences, life goes on. I have to drive Adeline everyday. Sometimes multiple times a day. There’s no sense in feeling nervous everyday, and most days I don’t. I do my best to drive defensively, and make smart choices. I try my best to watch other drivers, as much as I sometimes want to SCREAM at those who choose to talk on their phones, text, drive recklessly, and not use THEIR FREAKING TURN SIGNALS. (Don’t they know I’ve got a baby in my car?!) There’s only so much we can control, but I’ve found one small thing that does make me feel just a little bit better, and just a little bit more “seen.”
Have you seen those yellow “baby on board” stickers on the backs of cars? Some say they’re to remind other drivers that you’re carrying precious cargo and that sticker will in fact remind them to slow down when driving around you. Others say it’s for emergency personnel so in the event you’re involved in an accident, they’ll know to check your car for small children. Both seem like great reasons to me, even though my husband sometimes laughs at the idea that other drivers will actually pay attention enough to think, “better slow down, looks like they might have a kid in the car.” Regardless, that little yellow sticker somehow makes me feel like I’m doing my small share to be just a little bit safer on the road.
We used to have a baby on board sticker that was actually like hard plastic, and it came with a suction cup that you attached on the inside back window. However, I was never a big fan. It obviously blocked a small part of my view, the suction cup wasn’t that strong so it fell off anytime we slammed the trunk too hard, and our back windows are tinted which meant other cars could barely see it anyways! Basically a waste.
Recently though, the sweet folks of Ethan & Emma reached out to me asking if I’d like to try their sticker. I jumped at the chance, and as soon as it came in the mail I slapped that bad boy on and have been nothing but impressed ever since. Their stickers are actually pretty cool, and quite a bit different than any I’ve ever seen. Instead of being a suction cup you attach on the inside of the window, it’s more like a static sticker, that’s actually see-thru! You don’t lose as much sight with it on your back window, and it stays on perfectly. The sticker is UV and weather resistant so over time it won’t look gross.
Now, Ethan & Emma have agreed to give one of YOU the chance to try one out!
Simply leave a comment telling me one way you aim to stay safer on the road, whether it’s as the driver, or something you do for your kiddos.
I’ll randomly select a winner on Friday, January 27. U.S. entries only please.