Monday, May 24, 2010

Stroller Scare!

Today I experienced perhaps the scariest moment of my life! Cooper had is well baby visit with Dr. Kelly today and afterward we popped into Hobby Lobby so we could see Nana for a minute. He was snoozing so I snapped the infant carrier into the stroller and away we went.

We spent about 15 minutes in the store. On the way out a sweet older lady helped us open the door. We were talking about the weather as I pushed Cooper's stoller off of the side walk. In an instant I heard a "snap" and in slow motion it seemed, Cooper's infant seat flipped back wards off of the stoller and into the road of the parking lot! I screamed and ran as I watched my baby's seat flip end over end twice before coming to a stop in the middle of the roadway! I sat down right there and unstrapped my crying baby to check him for injuries. A crowd gathered around us and I just cried like a baby.

I gave Cooper a good looking over and then got out of the road and headed to the sidewalk. The older lady I had been talking to and a young couple helped me gather up my things. They also looked Cooper over for injuries. Amazingly enough though my sweet boy didn't have so much as a scratch!

The car seat had some scuff marks on it, but from where he was strapped in tightly and the handle was up, nothing happened to him!

I can assure you that is the closest I have come in a long time to passing out from fright! I felt the gray hairs popping out of my scalp!

When I got in the car while I was still good and mad I gave Graco a call. After being on hold for 5 minutes and fuming I got a very nice customer service representative. I told her what had happened and she was as sweet as could be. She apologized over and over and took down all of my information and started the process of a "product review" in case a recall needs to be made. She also told me that if I would send my stroller to them (they pay shipping) that they will replace it with a new stroller. While this is a very nice gesture, it in NO WAY comes close to apologizing for faulty equipment risking my baby's life!

I am so thankful that God watched over my sweet baby today. Had a car been coming down that road it would have been a lot worse than it was. Thank you Lord for taking care of sweet Cooper!

I am also thankful for those sweet strangers who helped me to the car and to calm down.............I just hope they didn't write down my license plate number. I guess I'll know if Social Services shows up on my door step!

Hoping for a much calmer Tuesday!


Nan said...

Just reading that is scary...I can't imagine what you were going through during those moments. Thank the Lord for watching over sweet little Cooper!!

Lesley said...

What a nightmare! So very glad he is fine! What in the world? I've never heard of one doing that!

Heather said...

The hair on my arms is standing straight up! I can't imagine how scared you must have felt. So glad little Cooper is okay.