We'd read sleep books, several of them and they all had different techniques. I think Andrew and I both had an idea of what we needed to do to get them to sleep better, only we were too paranoid/scared/unsure to actually try anything. So I researched some Canadian sleep consultants and found one who is herself a mother of twins and didn't actually charge double for twins (which everyone else I found did... and hello twins are expensive people... expensive). Alanna's company is called the Goodnight Sleepsite and she was amazing. We had a long phone conversation with her initially and she laid out the plan we were to follow. I am not going to go into a lot of detail but a few things I will share are:
- i cried like a baby that night after talking with Alanna... knowing what this sleep training plan would entail.
- we got rid of Alice's soother (I mean we should have done this long ago... it kind of looks ridiculous in an almost one year old's mouth)
- the first night I was up while Alice was up for an hour and fifteen minutes
- alice has never woken us up in the night since
- their naps are blissfully long and predictable
- they are so happy... all of the time.
- they don't fall asleep everywhere now.
- bedtime is 6pm, up time is 6:15am
- when they wake up they don't cry
- i am back to my endless energy ways
This all happened in August, and the change was so sudden, part of me wonders why we didn't do this sooner, but the other part knows that we weren't ready for sleep training until that point.
If you and your family lack sleep and are interested in talking to Alanna her site is here.
oh and why did we sleep train... I would love to say that it was all for the girls... but that would be a lie... we did it to save our sanity... and in the process we learned that we were giving them a lifelong skill, the ability to sleep well and to fall asleep on their own.