Thursday, October 30, 2008


I had one of those moments of Mommy Terror yesterday.

I'm sure everyone who has kids has occasionally had kid un-friendly items wander into their house. Yes? No? Well, we have. Someone will come in with a styrofoam coffee cup, a pocket knife, or one of these:

(Thanks to Sweet Services for the picture.)

This peppermint candy found its way into Bean's hands, and then into Bean's mouth, where it became lodged in Bean's throat.

So, there I was, watching Grammy play Scramble on Facebook, when a red-faced, not breathing Bean ran into the kitchen, clutching her throat. Ignoring my sheer panic, I immediately and calmly flipped her upside-down and began pounding her on the back. After a few seconds that seemed to last hours, Bean made a gagging sound and coughed up the peppermint.

I gathered a surprisingly composed Bean into my arms as my dog began to eat the coughed-up peppermint off the floor, and carried her into living room so I could sit down (because I wasn't very confident in my shaking legs).

"Did you choke a little bit?" I asked Bean.

"Yeah," she replied.

"Are you okay now?"

"I'm fine."

Bean cuddled up to me for a minute. Then, she sat up and said, "Mom?"


"I want another one."


Tanya said...

But did Grammy win her Scramble game?? This is what really matters. ;)

Julia said...

oh wow. I would freak out. Landon runs around with those candies in his mouth all the time. I hate it. So far we have been lucky.

Natalie said...

When she was about 3.5, Giselle got a butterscotch one of those at the post office around Halloween. She did a good job on it (in the backseat of the car!) and thought it was small enough to swallow. It got stuck halfway down. She wasn't choking - she could still breathe - but it was VERY uncomfortable. I had her slowly drink about a half liter of water to try to make it dissolve quicker. It finally did disolve and then I took her to Sonic for some vanilla soft-serve to soothe her poor throat. She's never wanted to eat one of those candies since - 4 years later!

Muthering Heights said...

That sounds awful!!! I'm glad she was okay!

Miranda said...

I'm so glad she's okay! That had to have been terrifying for you. I love how after all that she wanted another one.