"When we found out we were pregnant with our second child 4 years following our first, I vowed I would do things differently with regards to sleep training. With our first (Emma), we eventually found our way through google searches, books, trial and error and lots of unnecessary tears. It was challenging to say the least and to be honest, when we finally decided to try for a second, the challenges we encountered with Emma’s sleep quickly resurfaced and was cause for anxiety. Sophia wasn’t even born yet and I was already dreading having to tackle sleep. We knew how important this was - not only for everyone’s sanity but for her own development (I may or may not have prayed the sleep Gods..don’t judge me). However, I was reassured by one thing or should I say, one person - Diane. I was lucky to have met Diane a few years ago and through conversation, I found out she was a sleep consultant. Therefore, when Sophia was born, I was relieved knowing that support was available should we need it (I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that the sleep Gods fell a little short on my prayers ha!)
Sophia was born on September 8th, 2017 and Emma (4 years old), adjusted pretty well all considering. However, the dynamics had changed considerably. Emma no longer had mommy to herself and rare were the moments where I could provide her with undivided attention. It became especially challenging when my husband was away (he’s a pilot so he’s gone half the month). Emma would come home from school and she would crave my attention or need something and I would be either nursing or trying to put Sophia to sleep. It’s not that Sophia was a bad sleeper per say, but she couldn’t fall asleep without my help i.e rocking, bouncing, pacifier. Once she was asleep I had to wait until I thought she was in a deep sleep before I could put her down, if not, I had to sart all over again grrrrrr!!!. Timing was everything and bus times were especially challenging!! And although I saw Emma every day, I missed her terribly. Therefore, given the aforementioned, it was paramount that I set a good foundation early on with Sophia. I knew once Sophia could fall asleep independently for her naps and at bedtime, my world would become much more manageable and both my girls would benefit tremendously.
When Sophia turned 3 months, we decided it was time.. Diane provided us with a 2 week plan and a step by step guide towards our sleeping goals. Diane was there every step of the way, invested in our daughter' success as much as we were. I cannot tell you how nice it was not having to come up with a plan on our own, second guessing whether or not it was the right one. All we had to do is follow Diane’s lead and be consistent. Even though we’d been through this once before, it was nice to know we had support this time around. Diane was always available for questions should we have any and she kept a close eye on Sophia’s sleep log where she provided words of encouragement and helpful tips.
After a the first 2 days, I was already claiming success!! Oh sure there were times when she cried when we put her down but it usually only lasted a few minutes and she woud fall asleep…ON.HER.OWN. It was so much easier than with our first!! Oh sure, temperment and perhaps our experience played a role; however, I believe the key was Diane. Her knowledge and expertise meant our success was fast tracked by ten folds!!! This little monkey goes to bed at 1800hrs and will very often sleep 12 hours without needing to be breastfed!! And when she does wake up, she will feed and often times she will go back to bed for another few hours…unbelievable!! On average she will sleep 12 and 14 hours with 1 feed. It’s amazing the “free” time I have now to do all the other chores that need to be done! Annnnnddd, I get to spend some quality time with Emma :)
Moral of the story, if you are having issues with your little one’ sleep, please consider enlisting Diane’s help. You won’t be disapointed and you WILL get results. There is no way my husband and I would have considered spending Christmas with our family in Quebec city had Sophia not been sleep trained. For the most part she did amazing! I was actually able to enjoy the festivities with everyone and have my turckey dinner while it was hot LOL!!! Ahhhhh it’s the little things… ;0)
Diane, thank you again for all of your help!!! We are one very grateful family and this little monkey wakes up with the biggest smile on her face every single morning :0)"
-Suzanne, Dave, Emma & Sophia (12 weeks old)