Thank you for recent comments and emails. The post has now been removed, and I hope that anyone that felt offended has since been able to understand the framework in which it happened, and is content with how it was subsequently dealt with.
I actually have some fun things to post about, but whilst the mood is serious I thought I'd share one more thing. (A different topic, though).
The other day I was walking with BB, who was un-belted in the buggy, kneeling up to face me (like in this photo, which was taken on a different day). Usually I'm quite vigilant about belting her in, as we're in an area wrought with aggressive traffic, but occasionally on a long strip of footpath I'll let her sit like this so we can sing and chat to each other. What happened next did so very quickly – in the space of a few seconds – and before I continue, I'll skip to the end and say that thankfully no-one was injured.
The street we were walking on has a primary school at one end, is usually littered with children and a lot of the houses on it have concealed driveways. In my experience people reverse out with extreme caution. I crossed one of the driveways and saw there was a 4-wheel drive backing out, quite slowly. The driver didn't see me and didn't stop. I don't remember if sped up to go backwards or forwards but all of a sudden BB was on the ground – screaming – between the buggy and the car, which was now only inches away from my body. I bashed on the back window as hard as I could yelling stop – which it did. I scooped up a distraught BB, who besides a scraped cheek from the fall was unharmed. Eventually the driver came out, I don't remember clearly what she said, except that she didn't see us and are we ok. I spoke very calmly to her – not to further upset BB – and said we were fine, and that I must go now and look after my child. Throughout the whole incident I felt no fear, but strangely, very calm and in control. When I pulled out my iPhone to cheer up a terrified BB with some YouTube skateboarding I realised my hands were shaking like earthquakes. I spent the rest of the day jumping out of my skin whenever a car came close to us.
Obviously I'm extremely grateful that BB wasn't hurt, and the only positive thing I can take from this is to be even more cautious when crossing driveways and backing-out. I'm sharing it on here as a reminder to everyone of how easily things like this can happen.
Much to BB's disappointment she'll also be belted in at all times from now on.