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 a 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.
Because I know how exhausting it can actually be. Because I want you to know that you are not alone. Because I want you to feel supported and understood. Because sometimes it truly takes a village to raise a child!
My little online village is only very new, established early October 2018, but I am working hard in the background to create a safe online community for all sleepy mums who need a village and support.
While I am in the process of making this vision a reality, you are able to communicate with me via email or social media. Whether you are after some more tips, advice, or simply want to vent. I am here!
Although I post weekly on my blog, my main focus is on my VIPs – the sleepy mums who have become a part of my village through my email list. Until the launch of our own online community, this is the best way to stay in the loop and get to know each other. I love hearing from you too!
Some Fun Facts About Me
- I was born in Belgium and moved to Australia in 2010, becoming a citizen in 2016.
- I live in beautiful, sunny Queensland with my husband, our 2 year old daughter, and our 2 very cheeky cats.
- I am a Christian and love reading/studying the Bible on a daily basis.
- I never imagined I would be a SAHM, let alone a WAHM. I always said I would be working – at least – in a part-time job. This all changed the moment I first held my little girl in my arms.
- Give me a Chai Latte and you are very close to making my day!