I'm the happy wife to Kyle and Mom to two wonderful boys under 4. We have a wild, wonderful golden retriever, CeCe, and live in the beautiful coastal region of North Carolina.
Before becoming a mother I was a massage therapist for close to a decade. I have always loved the anatomy and physiology of the body and what helps it function its best. And naturally, sleep plays a major role in that! I've always been an early-to-bed type, even in high school, and to this day I start "turning into a pumpkin" around 8pm.
When my first son was born in 2017, I knew lack of sleep would be a part of the gig, but I was not prepared for just how much lack there would be! He slept fairly well in a bassinet right next to my side of the bed for the first 4 months, waking just a few times a night, but that 4-month regression (that I didn't even know was a thing!) did me in! We started bed-sharing because I was so exhausted I was worried I would drop him in the middle of the night as I'd carry him to his room to nurse (Kyle is an electrician and I wanted him to get the best sleep he could with as few interruptions as possible! No electrocution due to sleep deprivation, thanks!). One of my best friends has bed-shared with all four of her babies, so I thought it could work for us and would help us get more and better sleep. That was the case for about 2 months... then he became more alert and would wake to play in the middle of the night. We had to do something because the three of us were starting to lose sleep. Not only that, I was *constantly* with him - we not only bed shared at night, but I also nursed him and laid with him through his naps because I just couldn't stand to let him cry. Like, at all.
That surely stems from it taking us 10 years to get pregnant. Partly by choice and later on because of some health issues I was going through. I was anxious, depressed (things I already struggled with), and needed a break. So, long story long, I googled and read and googled some more on how to get him to sleep. I tried a "no cry" way and nearly lost my mind. I held to it for 6 weeks, but the "rules" were so vague and we were getting far less sleep than we were to begin with, so, we let him cry. And cry and cry. (Even after all that googling, I still felt like I didn't know what to do!) It was the worst thing to go through so far as a mom and thankfully he caught on quickly at night, but naps were pure torture for quite a while! But, he finally got it and now he doesn't even nap. But, he still sleeps like a champ at night.
Then, when I found out we were pregnant with baby #2, I was determined to do things differently from the beginning.
Thankfully, I had the confidence that I could! A few months before getting pregnant with my second son, I found a sleep consultant I loved - her approach and her personality. I bought, listened, and read all the things she produced before Baby was born and I was truly prepared.
He was born at the beginning of 2020 and things are *completely* different this go-round! He started sleeping 8 hour stretches at night around 8 weeks old and now he's sleeping 10-11 hours at night and naps well (most of the time); all of which is in his own bed in his own room, with the occasional wrap/carrier or car seat nap. He's so content and I'm much happier! I'm thriving more as a mom of a toddler and a newborn than I was as a mom of just a newborn! I want to give this to as many moms/families as I can, especially first-time moms that just feel the overwhelm and fog that comes with the lack of sleep and the endless abyss that is the internet and it's contradictory information. For me, having clear instructions and a place I trust to ask questions has been such a game changer and I want to be a part of that change for other parents, too!
To best do that, I provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer as much or as little support as you'd like as you navigate your family’s sleep needs. Take a look at my services to see what I offer! If you're not sure exactly what you need, let's set up a time to chat to figure it out (it's FREE and only 15 minutes)!