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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?

Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa!


I don’t know about you, but it feels like Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa. If feels like a baby boom is happening in Ottawa. Don’t you feel like everyone you know has either had a baby, having a baby or trying to have a baby. It’s wonderful news. All of it. Super excited for all of you and your friends. We’re adding to Ottawa’s population people! Keep it up!

I have to admit that when someone tells me their having a baby, I’m eager to tell them about all the cool websites, checklists and forums that they should sign up for.  I’m that guy. Some websites that offered me some fabulous advice and tips that I just have to share with everyone.

When I was pregnant, I was very thankful when people offered their two cents. Of course, you always take what you want from it and leave the rest, which is what I hope you will do with the following list.

Here is my list of great websites and resources that you should pay attention to if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or have a little one.

Trying to have a baby

Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for my husband and I (I’ll save that story for another blog post). While we were trying to “relax and let it happen”, here are a few websites that I kept my eyes on while we were trying to conceive (TTC).

Baby Centre – Community: They have a great TTC section for those that want to talk with others that are going through the same thing. They also have subgroups for those dealing with more specific and/or delicate situations.

Fertility Friend: A great online tracking tool to figure out your ovulation window. If you are tracking your temperature, this site will be very useful for you. They also have a great app that you can download for free.

Ottawa Fertility Center: I count myself very lucky to have been refered here. This clinic took really good care of us and if you ever have to visit this center, I hope they take good care of you too.

Early Pregnancy Tests Online: Buying all those pregnancy and ovulation tests can really add up. This website has great prices on everything you’ll need TTC.


Your pregnant (!*$&!)

Congrats! This is the time to take care of yourself and indulge in those crazy cravings (buffalo chicken wraps and red delicious apples for me!). Don’t worry about how much you’re sleeping. Do it. Take advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how little you’ll get later (unless you have a “angel baby” that sleeps all night from day 1… then I hate you… just kidding.. sort of).

Baby Centre – Community: Once you’re pregnant, move over to the pregnancy section. Baby Centre has also created birth groups, so that you can interact with other moms who are due around the same time as you. Baby Centre also has some great apps that you can download which will track your baby’s progress week by week.

Baby Centre – Baby Registry Checklist: I love lists. This is a great one to get your baby registry up and going. It’s very overwhelming all the stuff you need to buy. This is a great checklist to get you started.

Old Navy Maternity: Shortly after you get pregnant you’ll start to notice that some things that fit loose one day, might be a little tighter the next. In comes maternity clothing. You may be lucky and get a wack load of clothing that you’re previous pregnant friend has and lets you borrow, but you might be pregnant in the opposite season as her or what she’s lending to you really isn’t your style.  Every Old Navy in Canada, I believe as of February 2013, should now have a small maternity clothing section. Old Navy often have sales on clothing (40% off everything!). So keep an eye out for these sales. Thyme and Motherhood Maternity also have good sales too once in a while.

Freebies for new moms: Sign up for ALL OF THEM. So fun!


Baby is here (!*$&! x2)

Now let the fun begin. Most of us have no idea what were doing. Just keep in mind, this baby has never had a parent before you, so don’t worry if you mess up, it can judge you.

A Cup of Joe (blog): I love this blog and her writing style. She’s a mom with two boys living in New York. My favorite blog post on her blog, is actually written by her husband. Every new mom and dad should read 8 confessions of a new dad. I have to agree with the 9 month comment. Let me know what you think.

Jenny wears glasses list of Ottawa consignment stores: For everything else that you didn’t get at your baby shower, don’t forget to go to visit consignment stores. You can often find what you need, in great condition and at a lower price.

Sleep Easy Solution: For those parents that might need to sleep train their kid. This book saved us.  I buy it for every baby shower I go to now. I always hope that you will never have to open or use this book, but I always find it comforting to know that you have it in your back pocket.

Information about Breath Holding Spells: Now I’m not adding this here to scare anyone, it’s more for information purposes. I never heard of this before I had my daughter and knew nothing about it.


What are your favorite websites/resources/tips? Let me know. I would love to hear them.


Breath Holding Spell #3

Yesterday, we saw our daughter’s third breath holding spell. Each time has been very different from the last. We keep looking for triggers, but we haven’t found a consistent “trigger” as of yet.

1st spell – (14 months) Happened at 1:00pm. Tried to reach for a remote control on the coffee table, slipped and fell (not hard). She started to cry. I consoled her and then she had a spell in my arms.

2nd spell – (15 months) Happened at 1:00pm. Tried to help her put her shoes on, but she wanted to do it herself. She started to cry. I consoled her and then she had a spell in my arms.

3rd spell – (16 months) Happened at  6:00am. Tried to ask me to give her different things on the coffee table. I wasn’t passing her the right thing, tried to get her to show me the object, got frustrated and had another spell in my arms.

Each time was so different, other than each spell has happened in my arms. The last two spells, I think was due to trouble communicating. It seems that she been getting them once a month, which is not a lot, but still worrisome for me.

Each time we treat her as if she’s having a seizure. We put on the ground on her side, in a safe place and make sure that she has nothing that she could choke on in her mouth. The last two times, we gently poured water behind her neck which it seems to help. It wakes her up and she gasps for air. It seems to take a few pours to keep her with us, but whatever it takes, we’ll do it. It’s not recommend to use water, due to fear of water getting in her mouth and potentially choking her. We’re very careful and luckily, there was two of us when we did it.

Does your child have breath holding spells? How often do they happen? What do you do to get them to come out of the spell quicker?