Everyone tells a new mom the same thing: Sleep when the baby sleeps. Fabulous! Sounds simple enough.
Then, one or more of the following thoughts occur:
Is the baby still breathing?
Did I start the laundry?
That pizza’s been sitting in the kitchen for two days.
I have to pee.
I think I paid the rent…
When did I last change the baby’s diaper?
That two-day old pizza sounds good…
New mom has one or more of these thoughts and, well, the sleep doesn’t happen. Then we cranky pants.
Insert Luree Nicholson. As many of you know, she is a hypnotherapist who prepared us and assisted with our birth. She also does hypnosis for pain, depression, insomnia and now, for sleeping when the baby sleeps! I was her very lucky first client this week, and it was wonderful. The session looked like this: I arrived with Ian, who was mildly fussy and a bit hungry. After a quick check-in, I started to nurse him. Since he is a long feeder (usually 20 minutes or more), we decided to try the hypnosis during feeding (which is perfect since he usually takes his nap just after feeding anyway). We found a comfy position lying together, Luree played some peaceful lullabies (which I certainly remembered from labor and wondered if Ian did, too) and she sent us drifting on a blissful cloud of sleep for the next hour. We awoke together, peacefully.
At the end of a session with Luree, she gives you a CD with soothing music and her voice, tailored made for you. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her peaceful energy, curious nature, and decades of birthing, mothering, and hypnosis experience create a safe haven to relax and heal.