After tossing and turning, a little revved up with post partum anxiety, I had finally managed to relax myself to sleep, and there he was crying for me again! These frequent night wakings were leaving me feeling exhausted and frustrated. Why could I not get him to sleep longer?
I’d heard these urban legends about Moms who could put their babies down awake in their crib and then enjoy some Neflix or HBO with their spouse, but surely, those were just urban legends….. And that rigid sort of schedule just did not seem to jive with my natural parenting ideals. I’m a chiropractor by training and had a midwife and doula at my son’s birth. We were attachment parenting for goodness sake!
Out of desperation, we started co sleeping so that I wouldn’t have to get out of bed when he woke to be fed every 2 hours….. And then there was that night when his cries pulled me from slumber, and I looked for him next to me… but I couldn’t find him.
I had been so tired that I had forgotten that I had him in the bassinett at the last feed.
That was my turning point, I knew something had to change.
Drawing on my 8 years in university, 4 years in a bachelor of Kinesiology, and 4 years earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, I researched everything I could about sleep.
I became totally obsessed. I needed sleep.
I spent hours reading all the books and put a plan in place that suited my family. Sleep finally came to all of us. And my happy son, became an even happier little guy now that I had finally figured out how to get him out of that overtired cycle he had been stuck in.
I have always needed more sleep than the average Joe, even after a cup of Jo, so this whole parenting and lack of sleep thing really blinded sided me.
But having that rocky journey was also a gift, because it allowed me to learn, grow and ultimately share something that I’ve become passionate about – empowering Moms and helping Babies get more sleep.
I love what I do because I get to connect with people in a meaningful way, help them improve their day to day lives, and enjoy their parenthood journey that much more.
My program is not a cookie cutter approach with fixed schedules. These approaches can set a gal up to fail. What do you do on a bad day when things don’t meet the textbook’s plan? You would be lost.
I will teach you the skills to read and meet your child’s needs. My program could be described as BabyWise meets Attachment Parenting. I borrow from many different theories, including my own, to create a sleep training system that addresses both days and nights, and it works.
Born and raised in Ottawa, ON, I currently, I live in Mountain View, California with my husband and two kids.
In my spare time I sit on the Board of Directors at the Mother’s Milk Bank of San Jose, and the Parents Group of Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
If you want to learn more about my journey, you can read my blog post: How I Failed at Attachment Parenting.