Saturday, September 29, 2012

Letting Toddlers Eat in Bed: IS a Choking Hazard!


I've heard the warning dozens of times! In fact, I've probably been tested on it in one college course or another. Question: Should children be allowed to eat in bed? Answer: No. Reality: It is often A LOT easier to just give in and give them the apple they want, tuck them in, and proceed with the evening. Until the reality slaps you in the face! "What's That Sound!?"... Choking!!

Tonight Caleb(4) asked for an apple after I had tucked him back in to bed way too many times to count. Tired of his fussing, I handed him the apple without too much thought or the guilt that has occasionally proceeded the same scenario in the past few years. Apples, crackers, a piece of bread, it's always something. Dinner just never seems to cut it until they fall asleep at night. And we won't even start on the guilt I feel about the whole teeth rotting thing.  My fear has always been the possibility of them choking and me not hearing them when they really need help. But as I have said many times, we often have to learn the hard lessons of life through personal experience. Tonight I learned a lesson.

Luckily Caleb's bedroom door is practically in my bedroom. So when he started gagging I was able to hear him and get to him quickly. But his lips were already blue. I turned him over(head toward the floor) and pounded his back, hoping he wasn't too big for the infant Heimlich. He actually kind of was. It wasn't until I started thrusting his upper stomach area that the perfectly sized piece of apple peel that had blocked his wind pipe finally dislodged itself from way back in his throat and flew out of his mouth. - Way Too Close! I was really shook up.

But you know what Caleb did once he caught his breath? I was scooping him up onto my lap thinking about the potential disaster we had been spared from and all Caleb wanted was the rest of his apple. SERIOUSLY!?  Needless to say I held him and visited with him as he finished his apple. It will be a really hard habit to break in our home, but my kids won't be taking any food to bed with them anymore! - Lesson Learned!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Things Definitely Got Better!

If you read my previous post you read that I have obviously had some fatigue I'm fighting. But what's new, right?:) Well, the good news is that I did find several really good hours of great energy. So my house isn't a disaster and everything is sanitized. Yippee!!

But the best part of the story is that Leif surprised me and ended up coming home for the last couple of days. We were able to finish up and start on a few more projects and just have an all around good time. Lately he's been coming home in the middle of the week. So I've often had him all to myself (enter, evil laugh;)No, really it's just been so nice to have those few hours together while the kids are in school. Lovely!

So, now he's back in Flag preparing for a midterm and taking care of a few loose strings on our home front and he has no stress at all... Not! Some how we can't ever really get too far away from it all. But I'm truly grateful for the days and moments when we seem to be able to shut it out for a little while.

I have some really great photos of life and all of its smiles throughout August and September. That is my goal for tomorrow, to post them. So stop by again soon to catch a good glimpse into our fun and funnies!

Monday, September 24, 2012

I'll Sleep Instead

I have Dishes to wash
Rooms to clean a
Bathroom to Clean and
the House to put back together:

But I'm really going to sleep. Nice. You might not want to drop in for a visit today. But hopefully tomorrow!
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