Sunday, January 20, 2008

loose change

My beloved 11 month old son was nursing after having eaten some baked potato. He was squirming, and generally acting like he was uncomfortable. This usually signifies that he is done and wants down, so I put him on the floor where he promptly gave me a look that clearly said "You just don't get it!" and he went to the kitchen to find Dad. We go through this sometimes when he is done with me and wants his father, so I didn't think much about it. Alex stood at the the baby gate and screeched at his dad, who was preparing lunch. My husband stopped what he was doing, and came to see what it was that had Alex so upset. At that moment, Alex starts gagging, he was breathing just fine, so we weren't concerned that he was choking - last time Alex started gagging it was because he had a dry throat from too little nursing after eating. So my husband brings him to me to try and nurse again.

You can tell from my writing thus far that we were not terribly concerned, as we had some experience with Alex behaving this way. But were we ever surprised by what happened next!

Alex continues to gag, act uncomfortable, and refuse to nurse. At this point we were starting to get a little confused, as we had tried doing all the usual things to no avail. Then Alex starts to throw up! Ok, this is different! My husband runs to get something to clean up the mess (he is more squeamish than I am when it comes to vomit) and I pick up Alex and start to get up. I must have put some pressure on his tummy as he spat out a penny. Alex looks at me, smiles the biggest, cutest smile in his arsenal and dives for the boob. Time to refill!

My husband appears out of the bedroom with a receiving blanket to clean up the mess and I handed him the penny. He looked at me and laughed, I laughed, and Alex looks up at me like "Hey I didn't order a milkshake!" and we looked over to see my husband's jeans lying on the floor surrounded by loose change...

oooops!



As good as this story came out for us, this could have turned out much worse. Although it is not always possible to prevent all accidents as kids are quick little buggers... it is important to be mindful of what is in your child's domain.

here is a link that talks about the dangers of children and pets swallowing loose change:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981201033841.htm

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

HAPPY 2008!!!!

The sun rises, children grow, and a new year is upon us... it is inevitable, but with the new year comes a new start... a fresh outlook on life (and for some, a resolution to be broken)

I love the start of a new year... I feel like I can put the past behind me and move forward, without feeling guilty about whatever happened last year. But I do like to take an account of my life, for better or worse, and see where I am and where I need to go.

2007 highlights...

January: Got off to a pretty good start, I was pregnant and happy. I started to listen to The Book of Mormon (audio version). Started attending LLL meetings in preparation for breastfeeding.

February: My son was born, and my husband and I started our eternal journey in parenthood. not much else happened that month, either that or the sleep deprivation has robbed me of my memory of it...

March: Began getting more sleep and got used to being completely responsible for another person's physical well-being. Joined a wonderful parenting group.

April: Picked back up on reading The Book of Mormon after the birth of my son, continued learning about our little bundle of joy. Resumed crocheting and other pre-baby activities to keep my sanity...

May: My mother drove us across country to visit my husband's parents, and attend my younger sister's high school graduation...

June: Came home from our "vacation" early.............. my son learned to "scoot" and pull up to things.... started babyproofing the house... still working on that....

July: Celebrated the Independence of the United States of America.... continued learning about our son, tried to beat the hot weather in an apartment that was not equipped with air conditioning, because someone said "hmmmm it's Washington State, it doesn't get hot enough to need air conditioning in this state..." Idiots. My son starts "cruising", and later this month, decides to crawl

August: Continued listening to The Book of Mormon... again....... Had LOTS of fun introducing solid food to my son's diet.

September: Learned to knit as a birthday present to me.

October: joined in the hoorah that is Halloween... dressed my son up as a pumpkin (of course) had a blast at the annual "trunk-or-treat" that our church puts on...

November: Introduced my son to the joy of Thanksgiving. My son starts walking without assistance.

December: Worked my fingers to the bone, trying to get Christmas gifts knitted in time for the holiday (selfishly enjoyed every minute of it). Celebrated Christ's birth, simply, with family and friends. Didn't quite finish listening to The Book of Mormon, but learned a lot and enjoyed it.


So all in all, I think 2007 was a good year. I know that together, my family will make it through the coming year with style...

I hope that your year was a good one, and I wish you a wonderful, and peace filled new year... and many more to come...