This is MY reason why I do this...
I have been blessed to call this my profession for the last six years and I can truly say I love what I do and I LOVE my clients!! I have had the pleasure of working with some incredible people from all over the world. Families from all walks of life. Different parenting philosophies, dynamics, personalities and challenges. Those unique differences from one family to the next is my favorite part of my job! I love to see how families work and know that I get to play a role in helping them work better (it's also really cool to get asked if I have some kind of magic sleep dust that I sprinkle on their children once they start sleeping better).
A few months ago, was contacted by a women who said she had a friend in need of my help! Sleep had been in a dark place for this family for many, many months. It was their norm...because they didn't think anything could make it better! After learning more about their situation, I was very excited to help them! During our consultation, they were engaged, very kind and eager to do anything that could help. I knew they were desperate for a change, in major need of more sleep! They were very skeptical but agreed they had nothing to lose.
In the first call I had with the mom she was cautiously optimistic that it went better than she thought and her daughter really surprised her by how well she responded to the whole process. There were a few bumps in the road along the way but in three weeks this family went from a survival sleep family to a thriving sleep family! It was such a joy to help them!
Then I received this AMAZING email from the mom...
I don't even know where to start when I explain my personal journey into parenthood. My husband and I were ready! We are cool as cucumbers with a mellow temperament. Our friends explain us as good people who should definitely procreate and make this world a better place. How naive I was to it all, I laugh now at all the things I thought I was, compared to today.
In labor the doctor said there was meconium in the amniotic fluid. If she came out crying that was good, if not, she would be taken to NICU. I prayed she came out crying.. well she came out crying and NEVER stopped for a good 9 months. Colic? A term my doctor never used. But trying to find an answer I believed it was the only thing explained such distress and sleep deprivation my child and I were experiencing. My husband and I went into survival mode.
She was an aggressive breastfeeder. It was the only thing we had to that soothed her. I honestly feared myself on the cover of Time magazine breastfeeding my college bound daughter. I started to feel resentment, anger, lost, and worst of all failing at being a mother. My own mother would tell me " you are doing a great job, you are the only one that knows how to take care of yourself and your family, and you are doing a great job" but in reality we were doing a great job, but only providing a band-aid to our sleepless child.
I lost my only sibling to a violent crime. Random, unforeseen, act of violence. Here I stood with a 19 month old child still breastfeeding and felt so empty.
The next year of grieving during sleep deprivation was my own personal hell. Very dark place. Never giving up on my family but de-composing as a person.
My best friend from childhood stood from afar watching me crumble not knowing what to do, but ultimately having the answers that will help to heal and fix my journey.
It took a couple of tries to convince me that I should except such a generous gift. But finally doing so, I told myself to be fully committed, what do I have to lose?
Shannon, I was always trying to keep my feelings out of this sleep plan and just "do the work". But now that we are 2 months post of your sleep plan and survived the time change.. I am forever grateful for what you have done for us. My husband and co workers have noticed a wonderful change in me ( I like to think it's just the old me is back). My child is thriving and happy. Thank you for all your hard work. I will never forget this chapter in my life and keep your contact info close for others.
WOW, it brought tears to my eyes when I read this! I thought, "I get to do this for a living! I am so lucky!" If you have a child that isn't sleeping well, its not too late! Every child deserves to sleep well and I would love to help you! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about how I can help your family Sleep Well!