Nathan and I were out this afternoon running some errands. Our first stop was PetLand, I love going to petland, they always have both French and English Bulldogs (swoon). We get there and I find a cart, it’s one of those that hold the basket in the top and there is a lower rack. I took the basket out and put Nate’s car seat snugly in its place. We were strolling around both of us drooling, me over puppies, Nate over his fist. As we were leaving the cart caught the edge of the floor mat and the cart went down, so did I*, so did baby! I freaked out, quietly.. there was a little girl holding the door for me with her Mother and two sisters standing outside waiting for her who started yelling, two store clerks came running over to help me up, when the say Nathan’s car seat on it’s side one of them, the woman, dropped to her knees to help, she made eye contact with me, she had tears in her eyes. I was fine but freaked the hell out as I crawled on my hands and knees over to him. I got his seat upright and he looked right at me, blinked and then smiled. He really had no idea what had just happened. The Mother of the three girls carried him in his car seat to my car, the female store clerk carried the dog food and helped me into the car. Once I was in she put her hand on my knee and asked if I was okay and I started to cry. I really was fine, neither of us were hurt. I was so shaken, this is the first time I have felt that lift the car off my baby adrenaline. Granted this wasn’t that serious but in that second where I was crawling to the car seat laying on its side, the sunshade hanging off, my heart was in my throat.
The seat fit so tightly in that cart, I was so comfortable with it… I know they are designed to protect them in a car accident so a little tumble out of a shopping cart is nothing in comparison. Still.
*on the way home I realized if I had just let go of the damn cart before I fell down… it reminded me of when I was learning to water ski. I can still hear my Mom yelling “LET GOOOOOOO!” while ingesting half of the lake.