We got in touch with Lucy when our little girl was 16 months old. We were physically and mentally exhausted and at the end of our tether. She was waking 2 and 3 times a night and then ready for the day at 5 am. We were using day time naps to try and rectify every preceding terrible night and so developed an exhausting routine – with some night time bottles thrown in for good measure just to add to bad habits. The dread of going to bed at night and wondering how long before you would have to get up again became normal.
From our very first meeting with Lucy she filled us with confidence that we would get our little girl sleeping. That confidence kept us going those first days and nights of lying by the cot as we tried to unravel 16 months of madness. Slowly we started getting little victories – she woke less, she slept for longer, we eventually were able to put her to bed and leave the room and naps became solidified to one block nap during the day. As a result, her form improved dramatically. Somewhere in the midst of our exhaustion we forgot she was also battling tiredness from not getting proper sleep.
We did all our calls with Lucy by video-call which initially I was a bit apprehensive about as I thought if she can’t meet us would she really be able to understand what we were battling with but it was the exact same as sitting next to her in a room.
Like most, our regret is that we didn’t go to Lucy sooner as we thought once she crawls she will sleep or once she walks she will sleep but we just ended up with extra months of sleepless nights as a result. For now, we will bask in the feeling of going to bed without the fear of broken sleep!