Monday, March 16, 2009

Indiana Jones and the Tunnel of Darkness

Indiana Jones just went on the greatest adventure of his life. If you thought searching for the ark of the covenant, the temple of doom, or the holy grail was intense, you should read about his latest escapades...

While I was getting ready to go onstage for the matinee on Saturday, I suddenly had a bad feeling. I thought something bad had happened to one of my friends. This isn't unusual for me; I can sometimes just kinda tell when something bad has happened to someone close to me. It doesn't always work, but occasionally I can intuit these things. Anyway, I just got this bad feeling so I texted my friend to see if they were ok. They replied that all was fine. Not two seconds after I had texted them, Joe called me to say that Brooklyn was choking on a Lego Indiana Jones figure. She'd turned purple and was choking. Savannah smacked her on the back and Brooklyn ended up swallowing Indy.

We'd already experienced the fun of seeing staples pass through Brooklyn's digestive system via xrays, so I figured we probably didn't need a repeat this time around. I told Joe to make sure she was breathing ok and rush her to the hospital if she started having problems. And then I just started digging around in her poop checking her diapers carefully to make sure, um, everything came out ok. Pun intended.

Today, Indy completed his latest adventure and made a great escape. Thankfully, the kids were wrong and it wasn't a Lego figure after all. This Indy was a bit smaller. Not much, but a little bit...

Yep, who else would clean off a poop-covered Indy and take a picture for you guys to see? Oh stop complaining! At least I washed him off first!
And for those of you keeping track - this is the third emergency-type situation where Indiana Jones was involved. First Lex was smashed under the garage door while trying to save Clay from the claws of death while playing Indiana Jones. Then, Lex fell off the bunk bed when she lost her balance dropping pillow boulders onto Clay while playing Indiana Jones. Now this. I'm sensing a pattern here. I'm about ready to break out the light sabers and encourage them to start playing Star Wars. It couldn't be much worse, could it? Wait, don't answer that.

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did you find out why Indy was in Brooklyn's mouth to begin with? Just curious. I am so glad she is okay!

Sherry

Valerie said...

I can't help but think of that scene in the Temple of Doom where Indiana is running from the giant ball! Too funny...I mean, rough gig Indi (and mommy)!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Scary! But I have to laugh at the exerienced parent approach - forget the doctor, we'll just look for it at the other end. Way to save that ER copay!

Dave S. said...

Mmmmm eBay

Sandy in Illinois said...

Was the Indiana Jones figure labeled with a fiber content? Did Brooklyn need rufage in her diet? So glad everything came/turned out OK. On the the next adventure. PS. Almost finished reading THE BOOK. I'm streching it out so it doesn't end too soon.

ViolinMama said...

That is freaking hilarious!!! LOVED IT!!

Love your blog!!! :) Your writing style is up my alley, when I actually sit down to record daily life! I love your sarcasm and spirit!

Wendy said...

After my son finger painted his room with his poop I blogged "Is there more to my life than poop?" And after reading your latest escapade I am thinking that my poop adventures are more like a hobby. I think you are headed full speed into a career. You got mad skillz. And Indiana Jones? Time to sell that bad boy on ebay. He brings GOOD luck. And poo.

Angie said...

YOU ARE SO STINKING FUNNY! Thanks again for making me laugh out loud! And hey, you even got a smile out of my serious husband!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

well thank God savannah had the presense of mind so smack her on the back and get her to swallow him ...not breathing is really critical to living... and I am glad Indy survived the black tunnel of doom! LOL oh your kids so make me laugh...they bring back memories.

Jennifer Foster said...

I just have to sing the theme song...singing it right now...come on you know you want to join me!

Letty said...

Oh, this was so funny! I haven't had a situation like this with the kids yet, but am sure one of these days I could!

Not too long after you posted about Lexi falling off the bunk beds from playing Indiana Jones, I caught my two oldest playing "Indiana Jones" and my 7 yr old daughter was on the top bunk (and leaning on the railing!). I freaked out! I told them we were not allowed to play Indiana Jones like that because I had known of another little girl getting hurt from that. So see, your blog is almost like a public service safety announcement!

kym said...

Glad to know it isn't just my kids :) My 2 year old daughter recently swallowed one of those machine flattened pennies (from the dinosaur museum -odd fact, you can see the dinosaur in the x-ray). Thankfully I found it in the same way you located Indi and my husband decided we had to save it too. It now lives secured to a scrapbook page with the x-ray as a back drop. The things kids do!

Niki said...

I have four boys head over heels in love with Star Wars, not worse but different. Light sabers can bust open your head, lips, cheeks...maybe we should make a rule of no hitting above the neck? Nah, people might start to think I am being responsible!

Super Blogger Girl! said...

have you considered serving monkey brains for dinner or maybe adopting an Asian baby and naming him short-round? it just seems like the next logical step to me.

Dawn said...

VERY cool to see your book in my Inbox this morning!! An ad from Guidepost.

homeschool mamma said...

Ahh yes-digging thru the poop. An event I am too familiar with when my daughter swallowed 2 quaters. Or so we thought...we got back a dime and nickel so apparently she can make change!
Bev
www.homeschoolgardener.blogspot.com

Mississippi Mommy said...

Wait - didn't Brooklyn just turn 3? Are you telling me that magic fairies don't come in the night to sprinkle no-more-choking dust on sleeping children on their 3rd birthdays?!

Yamato said...

as a fan of Indiana Jones if was very interedted to find out which episode you were referrnig to in your blog posts title. Had a good laugh and will check if all the little figures my son is paying with are still around. You never know :)

Btw, did you kid have any problems getting it out?

All the best
Yamato U

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Brenda said...

If you don't watch out you'll have enough for a whole book just on Indiana Jones and the Meehan Children

Tammy said...

See, I didn't find it all that funny. My daughter just swallowed a dime last month - our first swallowed-object episode. She was in her room alone when she swallowed it. Thankfully, she didn't choke on it. So thankful someone was there with Brooklyn when she WAS choking. Women's intuition can be scary.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

So far the lightsabers have resulted in one black eye, one sprained wrist, a broken lamp and a torn screen door.
Oh and a fortuitous intervention before one child attempted to swing across to the other ship with princess (Return of the Jedi) by throwing a bathrobe belt around the ceiling fan and standing on the back of the sofa.

noexcuses said...

Too, too funny! How's Brooklyn doing? Savannah should get a "Do The Right Thing" award!

My mom saved the penny I swallowed and put it in my baby book. Eeewww! (She cleaned it first.)

Great post!!

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

Glad to hear she is ok....and Indy made it out quickly.

Elizabeth said...

Indy vs Star Wars...tough call...
My 4 yo has an "action sounds" Indiana Jones Whip...also several light sabers...not sure which ones are more dangerous!
Blessings, E

Julie Sturgeon said...

Hmmm, if she'd swallowed a quarter, I'd probably have cleaned it up. Indiana Jones? That would have gone out in the diaper! But poor kid. It couldn't have been much fun to expel that, KWIM? Get it going sideways and it might have cured her exotic eating habits, however.

Sara said...

omg...poor brooklyn and you. glad everything *came* out alright.

DeeAnne said...

Never a dull moment...


was very glad to see the news of Indy's "passing" yesterday.

Traci said...

Aw, this takes me back to the time that my son was bathing and decided to put his marbles in the bath with him. As I was washing him, I asked, where is your pretty blue marble? He answered by saying he placed it in his rectum (of course he did not say rectum). After a panic, an X-ray (which has been printed and saved) and a day later, we too have cleaned and saved the infamous blue marble.

Diane B said...

Are you going to send the figurine to Harrison Ford? Let him know what fans the Meehan children are?

Dawn said...

The best my kids ever did (besides coins) was the multicolored poop from eating crayons. How colorful!

Dawn in Michigan

Anonymous said...

If it HAD been the Indy Lego, do you think it would have made it through the Tunnel of Darkness all in one piece, or do you think it would come out as a hat, a whip, a head, a torso...? Sorry, I don't know why my mind just goes there; maybe from having a house full of boys!

Seriously, I'm glad Brooklyn's all right. Can't wait for my first search mission. We tried to find a lost swallowed tooth once, but we had no success...looks like action figures are easier to locate!

~Laura

Transparent Tulip said...

I never realized how dangerous indiana jones was...I am thankful she is ok.

Brian said...

The first thing that came to my mind after reading your post was, "The Force is strong with this one..."

I get my "Vibes" too from time to time. Don't you hate it when that happens? :)

MaBunny said...

Glad she is all right and that everything passed fine:) but yuck, the things we do for our children...

Gen said...

Is it wrong I was secretly hoping you would take a photo (clean of course!)? *blush*

Anonymous said...

See, Dawn, THIS is why I read your blog daily! Look at the devotion you have to your readers. I'll be completely honest. . .Indiana would have been thrown out with the dirty diaper. Then he could go right into his next adventure -- "Indiana Jones and the Lost Land Fill". ;)

Donna in PA :)

Lisa said...

I am very glad to here all turned out okay and that Brookly is not sick or hurt. The fact that you cleaned off good ole Indy for us is a riot! But, I must say that the funniest part of the whole post is the first commentor who wanted to know if you "found out why Brooklyn had Indiana Jones in her mouth in the first place?" I am thinking -- "Where else would Indiana Jones be?" :o) I know, I am a bad mother. I have come to accept that, and I have moved on!

Michelle said...

Yikes, poor girl! Glad she turned out ok.

But ummm... Mister Man broke the growth plate in his elbow after church. I took him to the ER that night... after he got back from the Peter Pan play in Huntley my parents had gotten tickets for. At least you had a PLAN to go to the ER if needed :)

Crystal said...

Thankfully I have never had to search for swallowed objects..not yet anyway. Something I would like to keep away from if at all possible

FreeSpirit said...

For those people who can only ask why Brooklyn had it in her mouth in the first place, I say, "Um, do you NOT know kids will put just about anything in their mouths? She's a toddler. Little things belong in ears, noses, mouths, etc. It's the law!"

Butt seriously, (LOL) I'm glad she was OK and it wasn't the bigger Lego Indy.

barrellfullofmonkeys said...

Don't start reaching for those lightsabers!!! We have three Star Wars obsessed boys who are constantly whacking each other upside the head with those things. Me, being a mommy, decided we could use pool noodles and make light sabers out of them. They're really cool and fun, just google for directions. The problem? It wasn't until we were using the pool noodle light sabers that someone had to go to the hospital for stitches. Come on! What's with that? Just so you know, your children WILL stick tiny hard balls into the hole at the end of the pool noodle (like, oh, those little Magnetix magnet balls). Said tiny hard ball will then become a deadly missle flying straight for your other childs eyebrow. Six stitches later, he has a manly scar. Three boys. That's why I stopped having kids.

RefreshMom said...

Yep; sounds like it's definitely time for Indy to be banned from the Meehan household! Stick to Max and Ruby/Berestain Bears maybe?

luwanna3 said...

LOL!!! I LOVE the title to your blog. . . very creative :)

Cookie said...

Thanks for the indy picture and details. I was eating lunch. i'm not anymore. Maybe you could be a contractor with Jenney Craig ;)

Kathy said...

I think Indy needs a break from the kids! On a different note, I got home from work yesterday and had a package waiting for me - Because I Said So. Your book arrived on my doorstep much earlier than expected, now I can't wait to read it.

Katrina Russo said...

My 2 year old took to putting his brothers Pixos up his nose, tweezers became our best friend till we could find where he was hiding them!

Rachel said...

I thought your book wasn't going to be released until April 1. I got my copy in the mail today. I can't wait to tear into it....not literally. We have four kids but are expecting that more will come. Thank you for sharing your life.

Mrs.Chattypants said...

Loved your story-can totally relate! Oh, and for the record, Star Wars is not much better-trust me! Especially when they smack the heck outta each other with the light sabers and darth vader comes running out in his "mask" and cape, trips over the coffee table and splits his lip. Nope. Do not, I repeat, do not go there. Thanks for the laugh!!

Melissa Hardy said...

I just read your little adventure to my youngest son. He couldn't stop laughing. He is an avid reader and I told him how you got started with the Pokemon cards. He says he wants to read more about your kiddos. He just looked at me and said and you think we are bad. lol Glad she is okay.

Martha said...

I'm glad everything came out okay... but it really does sound like a great plot for a new Indy movie.. wasn't there a movie were scientist were "shrunk" and stuck inside the body... or was that just Body Wars at EPCOT.. I don't know,but I do think Star Wars might be a good idea

beagle said...

Ha! I love it, too funny. Glad she is ok!

'cuz I'm the mommy, that's why! said...

We have several large play balls that live in our house (because they're danged expensive to leave out where they'll wash/blow off somewhere). The 7 year old likes to roll them down the hall. Woe be unto anyone trying to walk in that half of the house - it's like those boulders in the Temple of Doom.
I miss the Dukes of Hazzard: nothing like falling on the driveway while trying to climb into or out of a car window, or the burn-stick-and-splat that is hood-sliding in the summer!
(Yeah, I'm a little redneck)

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