Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Easter

Hope everyone had a Happy and Relaxing Easter!  We enjoyed Church and lunch with Grandma and Grandpa W, then went home to enjoy some outside time on the beautiful 80 degree day.  But I was able to coerce the boys into a few photos before everyone changed out of their nicer clothes.  Nothing like a surly 15 year old to rain on my parade, but an extra cute 6 year old made the group photo one for the memory books. 
At least I was able to coax at least one smile out of him.
 The other two smile much easier. 

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Heimlich Maneuver

So the Heimlich Maneuver really does work.  

Unfortunately I know from experience. 

Tonight we had Ben's favorite meal.  Sketti and BALLS!  With heavy emphasis on the balls.  In, fact he has almost gotten to the point where he will leave the noodles and just eat the meat balls. 

Tonight, as I was getting supper ready, I sat 3 meatballs on a plate at Ben's place at the table to cool.   He HATES anyone touching or cutting his food, so I left them whole.  I had my back turned while I was getting the rest of the plates ready, and the little stinker sneaked in and dug in to his favorite meal.  I realized this when I heard him start to choke.  Sure enough there were only two meatballs on his plate.  

He actually got up and started kind of running in place, all the time trying to breath and making choking sounds.  My first instinct was to pat him on the back, but then I remembered that can actually make things worse.  So I quickly grabbed him under the rib cage and lifted up.  Out popped the meatball on the first try.  I was both shocked and relieved that it popped out so easily.  

The whole thing took less than 5 seconds, and I was amazed at how calmly I was able to get to Ben, get my arms around him, and lift him up.  I only got a little shaky when I sat down and realized what had just happened.  

Needles to say the rest of his meatballs got cut up.

And he did throw a fit about it.
  
Too bad little man.  You scared Mom enough for one night. 

Here is a refresher, for anyone who might want one.