A mother from Tennessee revealed that she was being “naggy” when she requested that her husband secure their baby’s car seat straps. What happened moments later made a monumental difference in all of their lives.
Following her viral post about car safety, this mom from Memphis, Tennessee has been getting a lot of attention. Rebecca Tafaro Boyer, on July 14, took to her Facebook account to share her story of how her being a “naggy” mom prevented a potentially catastrophic car accident. She said that on her first day back at work after her maternity leave, she “demanded” that her husband give her “hourly updates and recaps on how baby William was handling his first day away from mommy.”
One day, at 2:15 pm, she received a message from her husband about their trip to Walgreens. After noticing the baby seat straps, she conveyed that appeared to be too loose and that the chest clip was way too low. She imagined that her husband probably laughed at her and “rolled his eyes before tightening the car seat and fixing the chest clip.”
Fifteen minutes later, Rebecca received a call from her husband whose voice was panicking on the line, saying that they got into a car wreck but were are fine. He called her saying that “the boys were less than three miles from our house when a woman pulled into oncoming traffic to try and make a quick left turn. David just didn’t have enough time to stop – it could have happened to anyone. He slammed on the brakes at nearly 50 miles an hour before colliding with the front passenger side door of her SUV,” she shared.
The greatest thing that happened was their that baby was perfectly secure and secure in his car seat and was not even woken up by the impact. “William only received a minor jolt – so insignificant that he was able to continue on with his nap, and then spend the next two hours flirting with nurses in the Le Bonheur ED. My husband didn’t fare quite as well – his foot is broken in three places, has three dislocated toes, and we go back to the doctor Monday to make sure that he doesn’t need surgery.”
Rebecca also emphasized in her post that their damaged car can be replaced but her loved ones cannot. Knowing that her boys experienced such a horrible situation (not for baby William), she included a lengthy reminder to all parents by posting on social media: “All infants should be REAR FACING in the back seat until at least the age of two and snuggly secured in a 5 POINT HARNESS in a car seat base that does not move more than one inch in any direction. I am so thankful that my husband took the extra one minute that was necessary to put William in his car seat safely. I can’t even begin to imagine how different the outcome could have been.I truly believe that the reason my family is at home sitting on the couch with a pair of crutches instead of down at the hospital is because of my annoying nagging mom voice. And do y’all know what happens now to the beautiful three-month-old car seat that protected my little monkey man?”
The couple valued that car seat and will certainly be getting those ones in the future, because it served them so well. Rebecca couldn’t be more grateful that her boys survived the accident.