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From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« on: November 28, 2008, 21:47:51 pm »
Wanted to check in quickly with news of continued and ultimate success ...

For everyone out there that is reading and posting on the NW Boards through glazed over, bloodshot, sleepless eyes ... there is hope and it will get better ... I PROMISE YOU :).

I was there not too terribly long ago.  Through countless acts of accidental parenting, I found myself getting up upwards of 20 times per night with our LO at 6 months old.  After almost giving in to CIO, I discovered the Baby Whisperer, the corresponding message boards and the countless words of support from moderators and other posters.

It has taken us five months. Five months of PU/PD until my arms and heart hurt.  Five months of a cranky (yet supportive :)) husband.  Five months worth of doctor's appointments (she must have an ear infection, I just know it!).  Five months of slowly dropping NWs until just those couple remained ... the middle of the night nursing that I was sure she needed ... the 4am snuggle that I assumed would last until she moved out of the house.  Five months of almost getting there, until ...

WE DID GET THERE!  Two weeks ago, Lily dropped her last NW (her last night nursing) on her own and started sleeping through the night.  After the first night, assuming that I had dreamt the whole thing, expectations were low for a repeat.  And then, it happened again.  And again.  And again.  And now it has been two weeks ... TWO WEEKS ... of beautiful, uninterrupted sleep!
 
I am so proud of my whole family for the work that have put into this.  I am proud of Lily, of my husband, of my mom ... and finally, after almost a whole year as a first time mom, I am proud of myself.  I used to think that there was no better feeling than to lock eyes with those huge, beautiful blue eyes of Lily's.  I have since found an even better feeling ... As I peer down into Lily's crib and watch her sleeping, soundly, happily through the night ... knowing that I helped her "get there," that I successed in instilling such a deep trust, that I taught her to self-soothe, that I never gave up on either of us ... that truly is the best feeling in the world.     

Sending everyone thoughts of beautiful, restful sleep (and you will get there!),
Kim
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 21:52:54 pm »
What a wonderful, positive, encouraging post.

Well done!
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 21:58:32 pm »
Kim,

Thank you so much for posting your sucess story.  It is so encouraging for people who are struggling to read your words.

Fantastic new, I am so pleased that you and your family have done so well.  Congratulations  :-*
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2008, 02:45:38 am »
Awwww, what a beautiful post!  And good for you for sticking it out and working so hard to get you both the sleep you need!!!  :-*
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2008, 02:49:11 am »
Hi Kim,

Your post made me get all teary. So happy for you.  Sounds like you have been through the war and you won.  :D You and DH should be proud, now any bumps that may arise will be small little battles that you can overcome no prob!

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2008, 06:36:50 am »
:D :D :-*  How lovely!

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2008, 06:41:36 am »
what a fabulous encouraging post for all of us out here. thank u for sharing.
cheers
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2008, 09:14:19 am »
WHAT A FANTASTIC NEWS!!!
I'm in the other end but hoping for better days.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 09:53:11 am »
Kim, thanks for posting this, it's very encouraging... I'm in the middle of that sleepless phase you also went through in the past, and it just feels that it'll go on forever! Can I ask what steps you followed? Was PU/PD the main thing you used? Was you LO using any props, or just waking for feeds? Any info on what worked for you would be greatly appreciated, I'm sure us desperate sleep-deprived mummies are eager to hear good advice on what has worked for others!

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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 10:13:20 am »
i also almost teared up  -- sooooo happy for you.

i think this should be a "sticky" so that it can be easily found and read when we all need some encouragement!!

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2008, 14:08:10 pm »
Hurrah! What an inspiring post!"

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2008, 08:55:32 am »
Kim - thank you so much for posting!!  I've not been around much recently so had lost track of your progress - I never doubted that you would get there, but I am so glad to read your post to hear the outcome!

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2008, 10:03:22 am »

All teary here too :D am so glad things are so good, and you have came on to encourage others, thats so lovely :D xxxxx

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Re: From 20 NW to STTN ... It Honestly Feels Like a Miracle :)
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2008, 14:37:00 pm »
Bravo!

And what an amazing post.  You've managed to express the feeling I think lots of BWs get when they see their hard work pay off.  No short cuts, lots of work, but SO much pride when it's all over!

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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2008, 15:23:03 pm »
Thank you so much for your story!  I'm tearing up knowing there's hope for me and my family!