Here’s something you need to know about this post, it was written at 12:45am last night.
This is an AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL, for those of you new to class: An afterschool special is when I temporarily hang up my joy buzzer and squirting flower of yuk yuks and put on my “serious” blazer and mock turtleneck.
If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, go to the righthand column of the page and click on any other post, chances are in our near 300 posts, you’ll be up to your wig in ha-has!
I’m just now posting this because hey, who wants to start the day off with a bum-out. Not me! Side note to those naked readin’ this with your bums out: PUT A TOWEL UNDER YOURSELF FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD.
I’m also writing this while I have the chops to do it, I think if I sleep on it I will chicken out, so heregoes…
Angry Baby choked on a piece of bread. I feel horrible about it.
Yes, you read that correctly, it was a terrifying incident that happened in a millisecond.
For the past few weeks, we’ve had fun sailing the shark-infested waters of Teef Terror 2011 AKA teething. During this time, each and every object she could cram in her pie hole was ground against those budding chiclets, including new foods. Her pediatrician recommended we start exploring foods.
Angry Baby has enjoyed sucking and chewing on various foods; she gums things to oblivion, but is progressing right along. The other morning I tore a small piece of bread for her to gum on, when she instantly inhaled the piece and started choking.
Out of nowhere, my mom instinct kicked in. I steadied Angry Baby who was freaking out, shoved my index finger in her mouth, fought her tongue for a split second and once she realized I was there to help, my daughter went calm and let me quickly (but deliberately and gently) sweep the back of her mouth and clear her obstructed windpipe. I obviously didn’t make the bread piece small enough even though the child had never attempted anything but gumming and sucking bread products!
Life, thankfully went back to “normal” very quickly. But as I’m laying here wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, I can’t help but play the incident in my head over and over again. I need some feedback from all my parent friends, is this a normal occurrence? Have you ever had to do this? I need to know how out of the ordinary or routine this is.
I’m grateful beyond measure for the knowledge that miraculously came over me. The brief first-aid chapters in all the baby books I read while knocked up, coupled with my 9th grade health class, gave me the most critical knowledge I’ve ever needed.
8 months into this parent business, and I’m still in AWE of the instinct that seems to be encoded in my Mom genes.
So what say you, experienced baby wranglers? have you had to save your choking child? If so, what are any tips or tricks you might have to prevent it in the future?
Sorry for the departure from my usual ha-has, but what can I say? It IS an afterschool special, after all!