As amazing and awesome as it is bring home a new baby, sometimes the happy, excited feelings can be overshadowed by the nervous ones. Honestly, that seems to happen to us a lot as new parents, now that I think about it, and probably because we're acutely aware and unable to negate just how monumental some of these moments are. But a baby? Yeah, a baby probably has no idea (lucky). For this reason, and many others, I imagine that what a baby thinks when they ride in a car for the first time is very different than what a parent thinks when they're strapping their precious babe into that carseat for the very first time and braving that dreaded freeway. Gulp.
When it came time to go home after giving birth, my partner and I had approximately one mile to drive in order to get from the hospital to our home. However, it will come as no surprise to other parents that it took us longer to clip in our son's car seat and make sure he was safe and secure, than it did to actually make the three-minute trip (and not just because we want back up to the maternity wing to ensure he was safely clipped).
While my partner and I were sweating bullets and cursing whoever decided to invent the deathtraps that are modern automobiles, our son didn't let on that he had any particular feelings about the situation we were forcing him into. In fact, he was cool, calm and oh-so collected. However, if he was thinking anything while we made that mini-yet-somehow-terrifying ride home, I imagine they were something like this: