Many new mothers are accused of nagging too much, but this concerned mom’s gratuitous text about a loose seat belt on her son's car seat may have saved her baby’s life.
Rebecca Boyer, of Tennessee, asked her husband David to send her hourly updates of their newborn William on her first day back to work following maternity leave.
When she saw a picture of the car seat’s seat belt hanging a little low on William’s chest, she texted David back immediately, asking him to fix it.
Moments later, her husband called her in a panic, saying they had been in a car crash and their Volkswagen Jetta was totaled.
While David ended up breaking his foot in three places and dislocating three of his toes, their newborn slept through the entire wreck.
"My precious little bundle of joy was so well restrained in his car seat that he didn’t even wake up," Boyer said in a post on Facebook. "Even with the impact of the two cars, William only received a minor jolt — so insignificant that he was able to continue on with his nap."
She said she believes her son being positioned in the car seat correctly may have saved his life, and is now urging other parents to stay diligent when it comes to car seat safety.
“There are millions of people out there riding around with precious cargo who genuinely don’t know that their child could be in a compromising position," she explained. "And if that were my child, I would want someone to clue me in!"
As for her brand new, expensive car seat — Rebecca learned that any car seat involved in a minor accident must be replaced, even if it didn’t suffer much of the impact.
"When my husband and I realized it would have to be replaced, he turned to me and said, ‘We are getting the same damn car seat because that thing did its job,'" Rebecca said.