So normally I would have a cute caption to go along with such a cute pic of my little Lux, but the truth of the matter is that I’m really feeling the need to talk about something more serious. I had to call 911 yesterday for the first time in my life and I experienced total and complete fear and panic as Lux choked in front of me. I’m used to toddlers swallowing something the wrong way or getting something a little stuck but working it out with a little coughing. I immediately knew this was different when I saw her beat red face, her mouth hanging open, but just dreaded silence instead of coughing or crying. In that moment I knew what to do only because of an infant/child CPR and prevention class I had taken right before Piper and Sawyer were born. In that moment it all came back to me but being unsure of the severity of the situation or my own ability to fix it we placed the dreaded call while I worked on Lux to get the blockage out. When I looked in her throat I could see a popcorn kernel shell that kept opening and closing over her airway which explained why she was intermittently able to cry and then back to silent struggling. After what felt like an eternity (but was likely only a minute or two) it dislodged and we were able to cancel the dispatch on the phone. I can not urge parents enough, or anyone for that matter to take a CPR course. After yesterday every adult that is in our home on a regular basis will be CPR certified because I realize now how easily this could happen again. It’s so easy to do and the knowledge really stays with you. I know if I hadn’t of taken the course I would have felt completely lost and helpless which is NOT ever something I want to feel when one of my babies needs help. The Red Cross offers courses everywhere by trained and certified professionals and you can schedule a course at www.redcross.org I’m also linking a printable instruction manual that you can pin up and refer to if God forbid you ever end up watching your child struggle for breath as I have. I’m definitely going to take another course and brush up on my knowledge and any new protocols. I definitely urge you guys to do the same!