This is part 2 of Samuel’s sleep journey. If you missed the first instalment you can read it here. This post is also written by Sarah and here she talks about her thoughts and feelings as she begin’s the sleep consultation process. Samuel is now 4 months old, so I’m helping her tired family become a well-rested happy family, and we wanted to document and share the journey with you.
Please Help, by Sarah
After I sent Jenn an email, I immediately felt a bit anxious. I had researched BabyZzz online and had a good idea of what Jenn offered but I still had many questions. My initial conversation with Jenn immediately put me at ease. She listened to me with empathy, and to be honest it was the first time I really spoke to someone, outside the family, about the difficulties we were having. I shared everything with her from day one until now, and when I got off the phone I joked with my husband, that it kind of felt like therapy. Finally someone who was truly listening to our problems and confidently ensuring us that we would get through this, and Sam would be a good sleeper. Jenn was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of my questions (some of my big questions were; was it is too early to sleep train, what if it doesn’t work and he cries for hours/days on end, and should we be working on naps at the same time?) After I got off the phone I felt extremely hopeful, and was ready to commit to some sort of sleep plan. Jenn talked about the benefits of consistency and routine, and I knew in order for me to be consistent and to follow through on the tough days I needed a plan – and a good one! I also needed to be accountable to someone. Jenn was not just offering the plan to follow, but she was also providing the emotional support which was something I knew I needed. I decided to go forward with Jenn’s services and I was excited, yet a bit anxious, to get started. I was extremely impressed thus far with BabyZzz services and felt hopeful for the first time in a long time.
Jenn and I met over the phone on a Sunday afternoon and reviewed the plan that she had put together for me. The first thing Jenn asked was what my anxieties were going into this? I thought that was a very thoughtful question, and she nailed it on the head, as that was exactly how I was feeling. It felt very good to address my anxieties about this right up front. We then began to review the plan she created in detail. It was very comprehensive and addressed several of my concerns with Sam’s sleep. We were focusing mostly on getting Sam to learn to self sooth and to finally sleep in his crib (which I will say seemed like an impossible task at that moment). We were also focusing on establishing a good, consistent routine and to begin establishing naps. One of the things I liked most about reviewing the plan was that Jenn created a plan but also provided explanations as to why we were taking this approach. This was helpful for me, as it was providing me with a good foundation in sleep knowledge that I could carry forward as Sam got older. She also really listened to me, and reviewed the intake form in great detail so it was completely tailored to Sam and our family. Last but not least, there was flexibility with the plan. If there was something I wasn’t comfortable with we could try a different approach, and if in a couple days we needed to revisit at the plan and change a few things that was an option too. I felt ready to get started. We had decided that Wednesday night was going to be our starting night because I needed a few days to mentally prepare myself for this. I was planning for the worst (and I am a very positive person but I was sure that Sam would be resistant to our plan). Jenn later emailed me that very detailed plan, which I read cover to cover and began to refer to it as the Holy Grail over the next few days.
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