May 2, 2008

*Cough*

My one year old Cher loves to imitate. Like most babies, she's tickled pink by fake coughing and we'll have long, coughing parties when she's feeling chummy. This morning I coughed in the kitchen and I heard Cher's delicate cough in return. I hammed it up and gave her a bigger cough. She reciprocated. Laughing, I faked a huge coughing fit while she went wild with her own coughing, rocking back and forth in her high chair. Then she suddenly stopped, her mouth hung open and her eyes started to water. With a gag, she spit up a huge chunk of blueberry pancake and then started screaming.

Thanks goodness she got the pancake chunk out on her own. Oblivious me would have just laughed and made fun of her while she choked to death on my delicious pancakes. Then I'd have to put something awkward on her tombstone like, "she really liked pancakes." Or better yet, "my mom is an idiot." Yeah, I'm glad we don't have to figure that out. Yet.

27 comments:

S'mee said...

awe, how sad! Poor little thing! Sorry mom, sometime this stuff happens. what a way to start off the day. Maybe during lunch you can do interpretive dance instead?

Irishmama said...

Oh, poor Cher.

We had a similar incident, my 4 yo was gagging, so I just assumed he was gonna puke, he was on the couch so I didn't know if I had time to get him to the bathroom, there was a towel there, so I just held it out. A few gags later, a piece of hard candy comes catapulting out.......duh, he was choking and I the only thing I was thinking was, "he's gonna puke on my couch". Yes, you do feel like a horsesbutt after such an incident.

I have no idea where he got the candy.

Michemily said...

This makes me think of the time that I learned how to do the heimlich on babies and the next day the kid I was babysitting started choking on something. Using the finger swipe method, I dislodged a leaf. That's right, one of those green things that grow on trees.

Vivian Love said...

That's what happens when I give my dog my pancakes! Glad all is well. Have a good weekend! (glad to see you back writing more on your blog...I enjoy it very much!)
--Vivian Love

Susan M said...

Oh dear.

My youngest never choked on anything, I swear. The others...lots of stuff.

Nancy Sabina said...

Gotta love those moments where you are made to feel like a total moron by something that you thought was very clever. Ahhh motherhood.

bythelbs said...

I've totally laughed at my kids' trip-ups and then realized they're actually hurt. Yeah, I'm not winning any MOTY awards here.

Glad your baby is OK!

marcus said...

My 18 mo son likes to grab big pieces of food and stuff them in his mouth. He frequently ends up gagging on them and coughing, so we pat his back to help him work it loose. Now, any time he coughs, he pats himself on the back.

jennster said...

death by pancake... interesting. LOL..
oh man, i'm glad she's alright though. :)

Colleen said...

Oh man. Talk about laughing at someone else's near-calamity. I hope her next trick isn't pouring ketchup all over herself and faking a head wound.

Sue said...

OOPSIE. :>

Jessica G. said...

Oh no!

Something like that happened with my sister. We were sitting down to dinner, having a great time teasing each other and laughing uproariously. Then she was quiet and her face turned red. We thought maybe she had laughed so hard she peed herself or something similar so we commenced with the silliness until my Dad, being more astute (and less like a jerk) than the rest of us, jumped up and performed the Heimlich maneuver. She was choking and we were making fun of her! Not our proudest family bonding moment.

Suzie Petunia said...

Poor baby. Silly mama.

Anonymous said...

Don't be so hard on yourself. When someone is choking, you are supposed to encourage them to continue coughing. When they stop coughing, the airway is blocked, and it's time for the maneuver.

You may feel bad for not recognizing what was going on, but you can console yourself with the knowledge that you still did the right thing!

Boy Mom said...

One of our boys had an almost irrational fear of weather related events, tornadoes, flash floods etc. After months of useless reassurances with no success I pinky swore that no tornadoes could ever come to Utah because of all the mountains. Three days later a tornado touched down in Salt Lake City. Three months later we were caught in a flash flood. Parenting the perfect way to turn really cool people into sadistic torturers.

M.C.D.A. said...

My friend, Jeff, had lots of great things you can put on a tombstone:

"Who dieted too late."
"You're standing on my head."
"I told you I was sick."
"At least I'm finally losing weight."

jennie said...

this really cracked me up. maybe we can sit by each other at the mother of the year awards banquet. they have one, right?

Perla said...

what up, hollywood? what's gotcha down? i keep coming and its the same post. are the kids okay? are you okay? blogger block? too many animals to create?

Perla said...

OH NO. it has come to this. spam. can i do anything to help you hollywood?

Rachelle said...

Dear Hollywood,
I'm writing you from Sandy Utah where I am taking over the computer from my flaky new owner Rachelle.
Since she didn't have the common courtsy to let you know I'd arrived safely at my new home, I decided to grab the alpaca by the ears and do it myself.

I plan on chronicling (alpacas can't spell worth beans) my adventures with the alpacas here at conference, check in later to see my updates. I don't think I'm ever going to let that 2-legger have the computer again... she's a flake. Think she's been visiting you so often your flakiness has rubbed off?

See you soon,
J.R.
Ps... we alpacas sometimes fake our owners out the way Cher did you, we act like we're going to spit, and we're actually choking. then we rub our drooly heads all over the 2 leggers... ha-ha!

sugar&spicecookies said...

knock knock...

AmberLee said...

Hey, what really matters is your intentions, right? Thanks for the posts. You always make me laugh outloud.

Sue said...

Have you been eaten by wolves? Or possibly stuffed animals? THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW.

Kels said...

okay dude... it's coming up on a month since your last post... and that's totally not like you... even when you're not in the mood to blog you let us know you'll be laying low awhile...

hairofgold said...

I bet you make incredible blueberry pancakes.

Janell said...

I am desolate without a Hollywood fix :(

Merrianne & Spencer Call said...

ooooh...that is funny & scary at the same time! Thanks for the mixed emotions!!! :)