Yesterday something happens, which I am not proud of and still feel guilty about…
I went to see my former co-workers for lunch. We had a great time, good talk and many laughs. When we were done, I breast fed Zoe, changed her diapers and we left around 1:30pm which is her nap time. I thought I took care of everything to make our 1.5 hour care ride home smoothly. It was a hot day in VA yesterday and it was well in the 90′s. I turned the AC to max strength and even brought a little fan for Zoe, so she is not too hot.
Shortly after we left she started to cry, which I am not used to, she barely cries, especially in the car. I pulled over and sat in the back and she cried more and more and got really hot. I took her out of her car seat to calm her down, but it got worse. I knew she is hot and took off her clothes but she didn’t stop crying and started to cough and for a second I thought she wasn’t breathing. It freaked me out so bad!! I didn’t know what to do. The car was still running and AC blowing, but it was still warm. I turned on the warn signals and tried to call my old job to get help. I felt soo helpless!! This is the worst feeling ever. It felt like forever but within minutes there was a knock on my car door. It was a police officer who asked if I am ok. I told him, the baby is crying and I think she is too warm. I asked if he has a cool car and if I could sit in there. He said of course and as soon as we sat down in his car, she calmed down and was a normal and happy baby again.
I was still shaken and he was so nice! We sat there for about 20 minutes and chatted a little bit. He has 2 kids and his 3rd is due in a month. He asked me if I am a first time mom and I said yes. He was so calm and relaxed and never tried to lecture me. He went to my car twice, once to get me a pacifier and the second time to check if it is cooled down yet.
After about 20 minutes we strapped Zoe in her car seat, she was happy and fell asleep right after and slept all the way home. She was just fine. I however was still nervous and couldn’t wait to be home. Luckily when I came home my husband was home, he left work earlier than usual and I gave him Zoe and took a 5 minute break. I felt like the worst mom ever, I put her in danger!
My husband was great, he also never tried to lecture me. He said, you did everything right, it was just a little warm. Plus combined with her fussiness before she falls asleep, it probably ticked her off a little more than usual.
For the rest of the day, I just hugged her and told her endlessly how much I love her. I’m so thankful for the police officer to show up when he did and for my husband to not freak out on me.
What was the worse thing you did while raising your children?
How do you deal with the heat?