Monthly Archives: September 2015

Cat, dogs and babies

My! Have my Saturday mornings changed. Instead of staying comfy in bed browsing the Internet, I’m now entertaining my 2 year old with puppies and babies YouTube videos. In case you have a kid that enjoys these types of videos too, here are our top picks:

  1. Puppies and Babies Playing Together
  2. Babies Laughing Hysterically at Dogs
  3. Cats Meeting Puppies for the First Time

What to pack in your hospital bag

Recently, I’ve been given some news that I might be running into some health complications with my pregnancy. It is still to be confirmed, but in the meantime I can’t help but think how unprepared I am to give birth to this child.

  • We are currently living in a 30-ft trailer, but get possession (hopefully) tomorrow for our new house.
  • We will not be moving into the new house for ~2 weeks due to renovations.
  • My hospital bag isn’t packed.
  • I’m unsure at this moment, which hospital I will be delivering at.
  • The results of my health issue that that I am being monitored for is still unknown.
  • I’m not ready to go on maternity leave with an infant and 2.5 year old.

Since I’m not currently living in my new place, one thing that I can do is put together a list of things that I’ll need for my hospital bag to put my mind at ease. Here is a great list I found on Babycentre for things to pack in my hospital bag.

What to pack for labour

  • Your birth plan and prenatal medical records if you have a midwife.
  • Robe, dressing gown, wrap sweater. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you’ll need one for after if you’re staying overnight. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
  • Slippers
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
  • Lip balm
  • Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good (NCCWCH 2007: 86).
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
  • A headband or elastic. If you have long hair, you might want it tied up.
  • Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
  • TENS pain relief machine, if you are planning to use one. If you’re interested in trying this, you’ll need to arrange it in advance with a local physiotherapist.
  • Toiletries
  • Music to listen to. Make sure your batteries are charged, as some hospitals won’t let you plug things in. Some hospitals provide their own music – again, check first.

For the birth partner

  • Water spray, or a hand-held fan to keep cool down the mom-to-be while she’s in labour.
  • Comfortable shoes. You may be pacing the corridors!
  • A change of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand, to time contractions.
  • Swimwear, if you want to join the mom-to-be in a birth pool. Check with your hospital to see if this is an option.
  • Your choice of recording device Whether that’s your mobile phone or a camera.
  • Address book or a list of phone numbers. You and your partner will be able to use a mobile phone in parts of the hospital, but bring lots of change or a prepaid phone card just in case, for all the calls you may want to make.
  • Snacks and drinks. You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you and if you take some with you, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food!

For after the birth

  • A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your belly to go down, so you’ll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home – sorry!
  • Nursing bras. Take two or three.
  • Breast pads
  • Maxi pads. Bring a couple of packs.
  • Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
  • Toiletries
  • Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Old or cheap underwear, or disposable panties. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy.
  • Arnica to help with bruising after the birth. Although there’s no conclusive evidence that they work (NHS 2007), many women report that taking arnica helps reduce bruising and helps the healing process.
  • Ear plugs, in case you end up in a crowded room!

For your baby

  • An infant car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.

  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).

  • Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while you are in hospital.

  • Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.

  • Diapers

  • One pair of socks or booties.

  • Hat

  • Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies.

What did you pack in your hospital bag? Is there anything crucial missing from this list?

Breath Holding Spells (Update)

Once of the reasons that I enjoy blogging is to share experiences and hope to help someone else going through the same thing will read my posts. It has been six months since our daughter’s last breath holding spell and I’m thankful everyday for it.

For our family, my daughter’s breath holding spells (BHS) have been minimal. She’s had 3 or 4 of them since her first birthday What did we do when they happened?

  • Spell #1 – Called 911 and got assessed at CHEO and confirmed that it was a BHS and not a seizure.
  • Spells #2-4 – We treated her like she was having a seizure. We placed her on the floor, on her side and kept a close eye on her. If water was available, we did put a little bit down the back of her neck, but we did out best not to do that (although she did come out of it quicker this way).

I don’t like pouring water down her back because a) she’s going to wake up wet and b) she could choke on the water. I don’t recommend this method, but I wanted to be honest on what we did.

After each spell, she would be tired and fall back asleep for 30 min to 1.5 hours. Most of her naps where done sleeping on us.

One of the reasons I don’t think she’s had a spell lately is because she’s much better at communicating her frustrations and feelings. Today, she’s 2 years old (2 years 1.5 months). She’s doing great speaking and expressing her likes and dislikes. She has had two tantrum, but no spells since Easter. I think we’re doing great these days.

When I originally tried to find resources on the internet, I didn’t find much that would help with the mom’s emotional side of things. The best resource I have found today is the Facebook group: Parents that have children that suffer from BHS. If you are looking a group of supporting parents supporting each other.

Have your children had BHS? What were your experiences like?