I'm Jill, a postpartum and pediatric nurse, a wife and a mother to a wonderful little boy!
As a nurse, I spend a significant part of my job educating new moms about breastfeeding, newborn care, postpartum care etc. I love my job, I love helping new moms on their way and when my husband and I found out we were expecting, we were ecstatic! I felt fairly at ease for a soon-to-be new mom. I knew roughly what to expect, how to get a proper latch, how often to feed, what poops are normal and what aren’t. I knew how and when to introduce solids, and I was very comfortable with what to do should my baby choke. I had all the confidence in the world… until I didn’t.
My son was an excellent little newborn sleeper (as many are), waking to nurse every 3-5 hours and sleeping wonderfully in between. Then he turned four months old. None of my education or my years of experience as a neonatal and pediatric nurse prepared me for what I soon learned was the dreaded “4 month sleep regression”. My wonderful sleeper began waking eight to twelve times a night! I would nurse him back to sleep only to have him wake again 45 minutes later. I had barely fallen back to sleep before I was up again. After ten horrible weeks of this, I no longer felt safe driving, I couldn’t carry on an adult conversation, I had no energy to cook, and worst of all, I had no energy to engage with my son. I remember one time calling my mom crying and saying “WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS!?”. I began deeply researching sleep training and not only did I find sleep for my family, but also a career path that would allow me to utilize my expertise to help other families who are struggling with sleep disturbances as well!