Readers, meet Sophie! Fashion stylist, mommy-extraordinare, and blogger at (formerly known as) Eenie Meenie Bambini, Sophie is also a former client of The Baby Sleep Site®. Recently, Sophie took the time to sit down and write out her sleep story – and she also took the time to film a short video for us!
Read on, and hear Sophie’s compelling sleep story. Hear about her harrowing struggles to help her daughter Coco sleep. Hear about the toll that sleep deprivation took on her life. But not only that – learn how she got help. Learn the steps she took to reclaim her sleep (and her sanity!). And watch Sophie herself tell you about her experiences working with The Baby Sleep Site®!
Don’t forget to scroll to the end of the excerpt, to watch the video and hear from Sophie herself!
From Total Sleep Deprivation To Peaceful Nights – An Excerpt Of Sophie’s Sleep Story
“By the time Coco was about 6/7 months, my world was upside down. I was fighting crushing exhaustion on the inside, but having the “mother’s energy” to still keep going strong with a smile on my face 80% of the time. However, my patience level was ice-thin, I was becoming increasingly emotionally vulnerable, and if you were to make me angry for any reason, I’d probably cry, while if you woke my sleeping baby, I was a ball of fury. I became very controlling about everything around Coco’s sleep. I put so much effort into trying to make her sleep that I began to feel convinced that no one else could do it right, and if they did try to put her to sleep, they would do it differently than the book I was following at the time – and somehow that would mean taking a giant step backwards in her sleep training. We literally had a “no-go zone” once she was asleep because the lightest footstep would wake her up, and I’d lose my mind. As you can imagine, my relationship with my husband was not the easiest at this time, either.
I felt so alone in dealing with this – like no one quite understood the suffering I was experiencing. I kept saying to people, “You have no idea what happens when you have not slept more than 3 hours in a row for over a year; you really start to lose it slowly!” On top of all this, I was supposed to be running a household and having some semblance of a career. My husband was always supportive of my efforts; he never expected anything of me during this time, as he knew I had nothing left to give -no way was I putting dinner on the table!
One day, out of sheer desperation, my mother and I stayed up late scouring the internet for more sleep answers. By some miracle, we came across The Baby Sleep Site® I read the intro and skipped straight to the testimonials. I heard so many stories I could relate to. It was amazing to know I was not alone, not being judged for my mistakes and that there seemed to be a solution here. I love a good questionnaire and I sat down immediately to write out my sleep history. It took some time but I put every ounce of what I had left into that letter. I got to explain what I really wanted our sleep training to be like, which for me was the most exciting part as I finally felt some reassurance was on its way. By morning I had a response and we were ready to start my one on one communication with a sleep specialist. I got to share that I was desperate enough to be more drastic in sleep training than I had been before but to know that I also would not be able to stand anything too tough in the ‘crying’ world or I would break. So they found a perfect solution for me which would take a little longer but knowing that in the end, I was working toward a better nights sleep with someone holding my hand as I did it made the weeks go by fast. I started slow. It wasn’t too tough and my daughter was responding! There were a few nights that were worse than others. But by week one I was almost out of her room with no crying to go down. The best part was that with all the questions that were cropping up I knew I had someone to go to answer them. I think this boosted morale and kept me going. By week two I was going in only once to ssh her to sleep and a couple times a night. By week three I had her telling me to ‘go away’ and she started to fall asleep on her own. Week four we had no more night wakings. Rejoice. It was a different life with just one night’s rest, something which previously had seemed would be impossible to experience again. There was peace again. There was time for me again, time for my relationship again. I felt I could breathe. I still thought I may need a year of uninterrupted sleep in order to catch up but let’s not be greedy…
We had moments where we took steps backward, if she got sick I would make the mistake of giving her bottles in the night to comfort her. Then I would have to start over again. We’re not perfect but we try. The thing is once you know sleep deprivation like I do, it still haunts you. As much gratitude as you may have for a full nights sleep, the moment your little one wakes up on occasion your first instinct isn’t ‘aww poor baby what’s the matter’- instead, I go back to the nightmare that it’s starting all over again. I have to remind myself that tonight is just one night and she is growing up, there will be many normal nights of waking up to come. I am still exhausted every day but my levels have adjusted, and I am back to the old me again: happy, patient, fun loving mom and wife.
I really want to thank The Baby Sleep Site for being an amazing resource for help, providing comfort and a solution. I have shared the site with many of my friends who have since had babies and are dealing with similar sleep issues. The more you talk about it the more you realize most babies have many sleep problems. You have to ignore that one friend who’s baby has slept 12 hours since they were born… they are really amongst the blessed. I really wanted to share this personal story with you because I didn’t know there was a solution for me out there and I hope this may help someone. We have since transitioned into a toddler bed and some issues are creeping back up again with our bedtime routines and night wakings. However, I am not worried or losing my mind because I know exactly where to turn!!”
Watch Sophia’s video testimonial here:
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