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Last night, I babysat Seth and James again. Seth is two and eleven months, and James is eleven months. Their Mom had warned me that they were getting to the stage where they can’t play together well…they fight constantly. But that wasn’t a problem for me, they ended up playing most of the time.

Only one thing really went wrong. While we were eating dinner, James choked. He simply stopped breathing, stopped making any noise, and turned red. I was terrified- I think it was one of the most frightening moments of my life. Naturally, everything I ever learned about saving choking infants went completely out of my head.
It only lasted three seconds…he finally coughed and I knew he’d be all right, but I was about to pass out myself. If our friends’ baby had died on my watch, I’d never forgive myself.
I called Mom, who consoled me, and then cleaned up. We went downstairs and watched Patch’s London Adventure, a 101 Dalmations movie. Their dog, Marcus, spent most of the time, trying to get on my lap. This doesn’t really work, because Marcus is almost as tall as me when he stands up.

Eventually, I put them to bed. James cried a bit, but went down before too long. Seth wouldn’t stop running around. Finally, I got him up on his bed, and he started saying something I couldn’t understand. Suddenly I realized he was saying that he wanted to be a Princess! Later, when I told his parents, we figured out it was probably because of that last time I babysat, with Arie. When he told stories about kings and queens.
When Seth was down, I went down to watch a movie. The parents weren’t going to be back till around eleven, and I needed something to do. They didn’t have many movies I was terribly interested in, so found their National Geographic feature on FotR. I’d never seen it…it was really fascinating. I’d never really known much about Anglo Saxon history, as much as I love it. When that was over, I put on TTT- it was really fun. I’ve never liked staying home alone, much less at someone else’s house, so I was a little creeped out already. But watching the dead marshes scene on someone else’s home theater late at night…I was so scared. It was awesome.

I got forty bucks out of the deal…worked out pretty well. I’m exhausted now, though, and I have that stupid drama class today. UGH.


  1. Aunt Joni Said,

    September 24, 2005 @ 9:59 am

    Wow! Forty Bucks! I’m glad I don’t have to pay for baby sitters anymore. When I babysat it was 50 cents to a dollar. My sister Barb was always scared when she was alone at home and pulled all the shades and blinds and made sure everything was locked. Ted Jr. once choked on a potato chip but when tipped upside down and wacked on the back was fine. Matt choked on peanut butter – called the ambulance – he was turning blue and nothing worked. By the time the ambulance got there his color was returning. We took a trip in the ambulance to the doctor to be sure he was ok. The ambulance brought us home and Uncle Ted got home when it was still here. Did he ever have a scare!!! We are glad we always keep up our ambulance subscription to Winterport volunteer fire department!

  2. Krissy Said,

    September 24, 2005 @ 6:11 pm

    OH MY GOSH POOR HANNAH ABOUT THE CHOKING!!!!!!!!!! =P I told you what happened with Max that time, with the music in between his neck and the piano…that was only for about two seconds, tops, though, and he was fine. =P
    Soooo, Seth wanted to be a princess, eh? cool. =)
    I don’t think I’ve ever choked on anything, but I have a feeling that if it happened, I would completely lose my head. =P *never be alone when eating – haha just kidding*
    Sooooo, no clown statues in their house…? =P That story completely freaked me out, but when I told it to Sonja it didn’t seem so scary. I thik I might have gotten some of it wrong. =P

  3. Hannah Said,

    September 25, 2005 @ 1:44 pm

    Aunt Joni, I’d never heard that story about Matt before! Yikes!!
    And I agree, forty bucks is a lot of money. I’ve never really charged, I’ve just taken what people give me. I hate saying “Oh, well, I take five dollars an hour” or what have you. >.

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