My journey began when I found out I was expecting not one, not two, but 3 babies! Yes, I have triplets! Crazy, right?! After I scraped my jaw off of the floor of the ultrasound room, my mind immediately went into panic mode. There were so many thoughts to process in the moment, but the main one was “Will I ever sleep again?” This was a true fear of mine. But, that’s not all. 18 months later we were surprised, I mean, blessed with our 4th bundle of joy. With 4 children under the age of 2 teaching them healthy sleep habits was no longer an option, it was a necessity to survive. I believe you can accomplish anything, when you are well-rested, but would I ever be well-rested again? Well the answer is “Yes”. One of my favorite comments that I get is, “You have triplets? You must never sleep!” Then they just look at me with fear like I am going to tell them a horror story. I just smile and say, “As a matter of fact, my children sleep like champs. They sleep soundly for a full 12 hours and do not come out of their rooms until we get them in the morning.” But, they were not able to accomplish this without a little guidance from me. I educated myself with any information I could find on babies and sleep and started setting them up with a healthy sleep foundation from the day they returned home from the NICU and sleeping success followed. I followed the same approach with my youngest and the rest is history. Or at least I thought.
This is the part in my story where I was catapulted off my high horse and landed in a big puddle of sleep deprivation. We never had sleep issues in my home until one of my triplets turned 3.5 years old and suddenly began waking in the middle of the night coming out of his room and screaming for us. It took forever to settle him and most nights the episode repeated itself a couple hours later. His behavior began to deteriorate drastically during the day and I almost didn’t recognize my child anymore. My husband and I became exhausted messes ourselves as an added bonus. So what did I do then? I had my house blessed, of course. Perhaps, he had become possessed? It seemed like a logical explanation to this sleep deprived mama at the time. Since that didn’t solve the problem, I was terrified there was something really wrong with him so I sought out the help of medical professionals. In one professional opinion he was labeled with ADHD, OCD, and ODD. That was a lot of D’s to hear in one simple sentence. While I couldn’t help but wonder if any of that was indeed true, I knew in my gut I needed to get him sleeping first. With the help of my amazing pediatrician we got him back the sleep he so desperately needed. A few weeks later, I had my sweet boy back and he was sleeping thought the night again. Sleep deprivation is what caused all of his troubles and more sleep was the solution!
I wanted to share my story to show you that even the best sleepers can experience bumps in the road. It can happen to any child at any time, just as it did mine. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and I think the reason we experienced this with my son was to lead me to FSI and to open my eyes to this profession. It is now my job to get to the root of your children’s sleep troubles and devise a plan to help you tackle them. Having the opportunity to help families become well-rested has been so rewarding.