We have a story that we like to tell, about my daughter Emma when she was a baby. Emma was USUALLY a good sleeper but she occasionally went through periods of waking up at night. Our doctor told us to let her “cry it out,” but she wouldn’t just cry. No, on the night of our story, Emma stood in her crib, leaned over the edge and POUNDED on her bedroom door. She wanted to get up and eat the apple she didn’t finish at dinner, so she screamed “I WANT MY APPLE,” as she pounded. She emphasized each word with a THUD from her tiny fist.
“I! WANT! MY! APPLE!!!”
This continued for about 30 minutes, while my husband and I hid under the covers and giggled. Well, we giggled for the first 10 minutes of her tirade, but then it got pretty annoying. Emma eventually slept through the night again, but she still occasionally goes through periods of restlessness. She is 11-years-old now but she will still sometimes make the tearful trek down the hall to tell us, “I can’t sleep.” I know that Emma is not alone and that her sleepless nights are nothing compared to the insomnia some of her friends suffer. I also know that I have several friends who share their beds with spouses AND kids, though they don’t openly discuss it.
All of this popped into my mind when I saw that my old friend Jessica Bryant had started a new business as a Child and Infant Sleep Consultant. Jessica and I had babies around the same time and struggled through that first difficult year of motherhood together. I always loved her because Jessica never faked it or pretended that her baby was perfect (we all know THAT Mom). She would always commiserate over a glass of wine with me, but Jessica had a background in Child Developement so she also had real, workable advice. Any Mom will tell you how VALUABLE that is during the first year of parenting. Then Jessica got pregnant with twins, so we essentially lost our wine and commiserating time with her.
It’s been 10-years and Jessica’s children are now all in school, so she decided to take the knowledge she’s obtained and help others with it. Continue reading →