Hi, my name is Kelli Wixom, founder of Silver Moon Sleep Consulting, LLC. I am a proud Army wife and mother to two beautiful children, Henry and Emma.
All my life I have been working with children. Growing up, I worked at my grandmother's daycare and went on to college at Niagara University (NY) receiving my bachelor's degree in both Elementary Education and in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages. I also got my Masters degree in Special Education from Fayetteville State University (NC). I taught 4th grade in North Carolina before the birth of my son.
I would soon discover what true sleep deprivation was. From the moment we brought him home, he was up multiple times a night and would only sleep in my arms and had to be nursed to sleep. I read every book, tried every method, did whatever I could to get him sleeping even just a few hours at a time. But nothing worked.
Every day I was cranky, beyond exhausted, and anxious every time nighttime would roll around. I didn't know what to expect and really came to hate bedtime. I resented my husband for a long time because he couldn't nurse or get him to sleep like I could so I was the one up all night long. I had quite a few mental breakdowns where I would cry my eyes out in the middle of the night, wondering why my precious child wouldn't sleep! WHY did he fall asleep so quickly in my arms, only to wake up screaming when I put him down. WHY did he only sleep for 30-60 minutes at a time before I had to help him back to sleep again? WHY were his naps 30-minutes during the day? WHY was the only method I heard working for friends was to let my baby cry for hours at a time in a room by himself? That wasn't going to happen and I needed to admit defeat and ask for help.
I hired a consultant to work with me who gave me one-on-one support with a customized plan that really fit the needs of my son and my family's schedule and within 4 days he was SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! I was in shock and knew I had to help other sleep-deprived parents get their sleep/life back.
When you're a first-time mom, everyone warns you that you're never going to sleep again and that just isn't true! Sure, as a newborn your baby will be up a lot to eat and won't be the best sleeper, but after around 4 months you can help teach your child healthy and independent sleeping habits to get them sleeping longer stretches and through the night! Of course, it's going to be hard work, but with me by your side for daily support, YOU CAN DO IT!
I not only work with your child's bedtime, but I can help you create a more appropriate daytime schedule that really meets all of his/her sleep needs to set him/her up for the best night's sleep.
Have a school-aged child who still finds their way into your room at night? I don't just work with babies/toddlers. I can help your anxious 7-year-old find comfort in their nighttime and help them sleep in their own room all night.
Not sure if we would be a good fit? Call me and find out!