As a mother, I feel that I know what is best for my children. And if I don't already have the knowledge to come to a conclusion on what is the best, I will do my own research.
Austin was a HORRIBLE sleeper. I cannot express how awful it truly was. He was well over a year old before successfully sleeping through the night. At eleven months old, he would wake at least 2 times a night for a nursing session. To rectify this ongoing sleep issue, I read many books. I spent countless wakeful hours on websites that guaranteed success. Nothing worked.
Aubrey was born last July. As the months have past, she fell into a sleep pattern that was unfortunately very familiar. This time was a bit different. We have 2 children to care for. I have found that it is virtually impossible to be a "good" mama on a measly 2 or 3 hours of sleep.
So I began re-reading sleep books, we attempted these methods - no change.
A few weeks ago, I admitted defeat. I am a mom. I don't know everything. And I need help.
I called a friend for a recommendation for a sleep specialist. Immediately I dialed the number for the Sleep Center at St. Lukes Hospital. The poor receptionist that took my call, I poured out my frustrations to her. She scheduled our appointment, 3 weeks away.
Three weeks is quite a long time when you are keeping sleep logs. You can see in black and white the sleep or in our case - lack thereof, you are getting
Just after Christmas Adam and I met with a sleep nurse. She is such an incredible person, full of great knowledge of babies and how to get them to sleep. Her assessment of Aubrey's sleep habits were in a nutshell, "she sleeps worst than a newborn baby. Inadequate sleep is harmful to a child's health and development." I am so happy we met with her. What was I thinking with Austin? Why was I unable to admit defeat and seek help from a professional back then? Better late than never, I guess.
We left the appointment with a strict plan to help Aubrey get some good quality sleep - and us too. We are a week into sleep training and I am happy to report - it is going much better than expected. Last night we logged 4 consecutive hours of sleep. Adam even had a dream - rather a nightmare of Aubrey's crib collapsing.
By next week (if Aubrey follows the plan) my entire house will be asleep - all night! We will be energized and ready to spend the day together. I can't wait!