I'm Melody Patton, labour and delivery nurse by day, sleep consultant by night!
When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought I was so prepared!
I knew so much about pregnancy, labour, delivery, newborns...or so I thought.
I brought home my precious bundle of joy and handed her off to a family member so I could go rest in my bed. She fed every 2-3 hours all day, and all night, which of course is typical newborn behaviour.
Except that by the time she was 4 months old, she hadn't slept more than 4 hours in a row, meaning I hadn't slept more than 3-4 hours for the last four months.
Oh, and then the 4-month sleep regression hit and she went from waking every 4 hours, to every 2 hours. As you can imagine, I was in hard-core survival mode.
There was a day, that is so clear in my mind, where It felt like my face was melting.
I was that tired.
Then, there was "the night".
The night where she continued to wake every 2 hours. I would go and feed her, place her back in her crib and knew that I had about 1.5 hours before it all started over.
At 5:30 am, I had had enough.
I kicked open the bedroom door where my husband was sleeping (okay, well maybe it wasn't that dramatic, but it sure felt like it) and handed him my daughter and said "It's your turn!" and went back to bed.
I got a glorious 3 hours of sleep that morning.
Shortly after that night, things changed.
A friend shared with me the magic of sleep training and I laugh about this now because when she suggested sleep training, I said "Sleep what?".
Within 3 nights my daughter was sleeping long stretches at night and I was actually able to put her down in her crib for naps.
If that's not a 'game-changer' moment, then I don't know what is.
Then a couple of years later I had my second daughter and I felt way more prepared. I was also a consultant by then and I was able to build a good sleep foundation for my second daughter.
I was able to get her down at bedtime and some naps as a newborn.
She was sleeping longer stretches at night by two months than my first ever did on her own.
It made life way more manageable.
I can imagine how different my story would have been if my friend had not suggested sleep training.
My oldest could have slept poorly for years. YEARS.
And it would have made having a second baby very intimidating.
I love my sleep and one thing I worried about when we were starting our family was losing sleep.
I'm so passionate about this because I have felt the difference in my own family, and seen the difference for the many families I've worked with.
It's seriously so great.
Imagine having your evenings to unwind, watch some T.V., have an adult conversation!
Or sleeping in your bed all night long (what a luxury!).
I'm here to help parents who have children who don't sleep well.
Let's work together to make that happen for you and your family. Get in touch below!