Four-Month-Old Millie, Mom Aimee
Quite simply: Maggie is a godsend.
My daughter, Millie, struggled to fall asleep on her own. She was pretty much sleeping through the night at 10 weeks, once we got her to sleep – but getting her to fall asleep was a battle. I heard stories of babies that woke up every hour at night, and I didn’t sleep through the night for my parents until I was 11 months old. So I felt like I shouldn’t be complaining.
Over time, it became harder and harder to get Millie to fall asleep. It got to the point where I was spending five to six hours a day in total trying to get her to fall asleep for naps and at night. I was walking and bouncing and shushing and rocking and butt patting. My husband and I would take turns in the evening because our arms could only take so much.
Once she finally fell asleep, I was afraid to move because it was such an ordeal to get her to fall asleep in the first place. The dishes and laundry and dust started to pile up, as my stress levels and anxiety mounted. I also worried about my maternity leave ending because I knew at daycare they would not be able to spend so much time getting her to fall asleep for naps.
Then Millie and I had an especially difficult day. She cried hysterically for 30 minutes as I was trying to get her to fall asleep. Her cheeks were soaked from snot and continuous tears. She did this for every nap. It was the worst it had ever been. Millie was inconsolable, and I felt like a failure as her mom. That night I told my husband that I couldn’t do this anymore.
The very next day I heard about Maggie. She agreed to work with us. Millie was too young to start sleep training, so we had to wait. But I was able to get through the next three weeks because I knew help was on the horizon.
We started sleep training Millie the Friday after Christmas. The first night was incredibly difficult. (The third night too, if I am being honest.) But we saw gains with Millie almost immediately, and that made the difficult parts worth it.
My husband and I had no time to enjoy each other. We spent all our time together trying to get Millie to fall asleep. It is hard to have a conversation over a crying baby. On night four of sleep training, we sat in our living room talking and playing a game. I didn’t realize how much I needed that time with him until I had it back.
With sleep training, Millie can now fall asleep all by herself. What used to take my husband and I hours, just takes Millie minutes. And she loves sleeping! Not to mention, Millie is a whole new baby! It is amazing what good sleep can do. I used to say the Morning Millie was my favorite. I soon realized it was because that was when she was most rested. Now, we have Morning Millie all day. She is a happy, happy baby.
Maggie was knowledgeable, kind, and invested throughout the whole process. She answered my many questions and was supportive and encouraging, especially when we needed it most.
No matter your baby’s sleep challenges, big or small, Maggie can help. She will change your life. Sleep training works. It really, really works. And it is so worth it.