I am the grateful mother of two children born in 2005 and 2008 as well as two grown step children. Being a mother is my greatest joy and has at times been my greatest struggle. After giving birth to our son, William, I grew to feel completely isolated even amidst a community of supportive family and friends. I read many books on birthing and early parenting, but when it came time to care for this new, beautiful being, I was overwhelmed. My husband and I hoped to do everything “just right” to care for him and over time (as we grew more sleep deprived and less patient with the minutiae of life) I started to realize that I was not caring properly for myself or my marriage because everything I had was going into our child.
After nursing William about every 2 hours for 9 months, something had to change. I wish that I had found a Sleep Sense Consultant then - because I had read all of the sleep books and dabbled in different methods but wouldn’t commit. We were hesitant to implement any kind of system on our own - because we were so afraid that he would cry. Guess what? He was crying anyway!! And, we were all so exhausted that no one was getting the sleep necessary for optimum health. Through a lot of effort, we eventually turned things around. Although it didn’t need to be that hard. Being a parent does not mean we have to suffer!
Our children fast asleep
When our second baby, Nora, came along I vowed to do it differently. She wasn’t a napper and didn’t have great nighttime sleep. At 3 months I knew we could effectively sleep train her but there was one problem - we hadn’t found a system that worked or that we believed in. I did the research until discovering Dana Obleman and the Sleep Sense Method.
Three nights later… Nora slept through the night on her own! Even with natural, developmental changes, she has slept consistently ever since. They are happy, well adjusted children which didn’t happen by accident. Part of this is nature, of course, but part of it is nurture and guidance. As a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant and Certified Lactation Counselor, I know that it is not an anomaly. Healthy, consolidated sleep is absolutely possible for every child! It takes a commitment from the parents and caregivers. I also know that it takes intention and putting your focus on what is possible (rather than staying stuck in the patterns that aren’t working).
I am thrilled to be able to walk with families through this process. I love working with and supporting people in many aspects of healing and healthy living. Since 1998 I have been working as a Licensed Massage Therapist. In 2003, I graduated from The Barbara Brennan School of Healing. I am also a Certified Lactation Counselor. It is my experience that mothers are often unsupported in the healing process after giving birth. It is an honor to provide some of that much needed support to women and families.
In this family we work hard and we like to play hard too!! I love to ski, camp, hike, travel, read, play games, watch our children play sports and music and spend time with friends and family. As a Colorado native, I am thankful every day to wake up in this beautiful place! I believe we can all choose to thrive. And, I look forward to helping you and your family get through these sleep struggles and back into enjoying life fully!