Memory Monday – A Quiet Ride…Too Quiet

Our oldest daughter turned 16 last week.  That’s one of those significant, milestone birthdays because you can get your driver’s license.

Even though she’s been driving back and forth to school for over a year with a school permit… I still get nervous at the thought of her driving.  Not because she’s a bad driver (she’s not) but because I tend to be an overprotective Dad.

At supper tonight I told her the story of the very first time she made me nervous in a vehicle.  She was less than a month old and it was coming back from Christmas at our in-laws.  The longest car ride she had made at that point

It’s a two-hour trip and the drive there was during the day so I could see her in the review mirror the whole way.  As cautious first-time parents, my wife and I had a mirror suction-cupped in the back window so we could see her… even though she was in a rear-facing car seat.

The return trip was the one that was a little nerve-wracking.  We left after dark so we couldn’t see her in the mirror.  A half hour into the ride my wife and I started to be concerned that my daughter was quiet in the back seat.  A little too quiet.

Was she OK? Had she stopped breathing?  Logic told us she was just fine and sleeping… but being newbie parents, after some debate, we felt compelled to pull over at the next rest stop.

Turns out she was sleeping… that is, until the car stopped, the overhead light came on, and she woke up.

That did not make her happy at all.  She cried most of the remaining way home.  My wife and I kicked ourselves for our nervous, rookie mistake and vowed to never make that one again!

Fast forward 16 years and not much has changed.  My daughter still gets cranky when you wake her up from a nap. 🙂

What’s  a rookie parenting mistake you made?

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