Welcome Sleepy Mum!
Do you often feel overwhelmed about motherhood? Maybe you even wonder how you are still managing to do what you’re doing every single day.
Sure, you expected that those first few days, maybe even weeks, could be a bit challenging in the sleep department. After all, newborns feed a lot. Day and night. So that’s all normal.
But you probably never realised how tired a person could actually become. There’s being tired, and then there’s being sleep deprived. It’s a whole new level of tiredness!
You probably had a few moments where you were certain the sleep deprivation couldn’t get any worse.
Most likely, you hit a stage (or are about to hit a stage) where you were convinced your child would soon sleep through the night. Yet somehow, that wonderful day seems to be drifting away from you instead of moving closer.
How much more prominent will this sleep deprivation eventually become? When will you hit the edge, the border of your coping mechanism?
When will you finally be able to sleep again like you used to, before becoming a mum?
Is there actually someone out-there who understands you? Who knows how this sleep deprivation can suddenly overwhelm you, and turn you into the opposite mum you were planning to be?
And what about this so called ‘village’ everybody talks about? You may find you have none at all, or just a very small village to rely on. How do you cope then?
Dear sleepy mum, I know!
Hi! I’m Ann.
And I have asked myself all the questions above too. I have gone through incredible sleep deprivation myself, having no village at all. This even resulted in a diagnosis of ‘mild PND’. I guess I was ‘lucky’ it was only mild.
I struggled a lot with having no support while taking care of a newborn who needed a feed every 2 hours for 3 months. Then she started slowing down the nightly feeds, but she still woke up 4 to 5 times a night by the time she was 10.5 months old. I considered myself blessed if I was able to sleep 2 hours in one go.
At that stage, I just suddenly realised I couldn’t handle it anymore. I just couldn’t continue like it.
Sleep deprivation had turned me in a terrible mum and wife, and I had had enough. I contacted a sleep consultant who visited me only a few days later. My daughter slept through until 5am on the 2nd night! Her day naps got fixed within 2 weeks.
For me, sleep training had come as a gift from heaven. What a sweet relief from all those long nights!
All of these experiences have led me here: as the founder of Sleepy Mums Village.
I created this little space on the internet for you! So that you don’t need to feel misunderstood, alone, and unsupported. So that you can ask tips and advice from someone who’s been there too.
‘Our work for Christ is to begin with the family, in the home… There is no missionary more important than this’ – AH 35.3
Some Fun Facts About Me
- I’m a Belgian who fell in love with Australia in 2007 after backpacking for 2 months. Australia is now my home since 2010. I live in beautiful, sunny Queensland with my husband, our 2 year old daughter, and our 2 very cheeky cats.
- I love the idea of Bible Journaling, but I’m really not that good at it. And honestly, where would I get the time from?
- Dancing used to be my number one passion: ballet, control dance (mix of R&B, jazz, hip hop,…), and belly dance. Now you can find me walking in nature or on the beach with my family, and reading/studying the Bible/EGW writings.
- Give me a Chai Latte and you’re very close to making my day!