Email from Client:
We just saw the report on channel 10 news, and we are very interested in your services. Our daughter is 3 months old and goes to sleep at 10pm and wakes up at 6am! We just got her to start sleeping in her bassinet versus in bed with us. Like I said we are very interested in your services.
Thanks, Anthony & Destinie
Email from client after in home consultation:
Hello Dianna, it’s Destinie.
I’m very pleased to tell you that little Ava slept all night last night. She woke at 2 am, cried herself to sleep for about 10 minutes, then awoke at 5:45. That blanket is truly a miracle. She’s even napping in her crib as I write. Thank you so much for your help. My husband and I are so grateful.
Thanks again! Destinie
Email from Client: Mom needs more sleep!
I just saw your news story on Fox. Our son is 4 months old and sleeps fairly well at night and thought it was normal for him to sleep 7-8 hours each night. I had no idea 12 hours was what he really needs.
We also have a hard time getting him to nap when he is at home.
Would you be able to help us?
Thank you, Alissa
Email from client after in home consultation:
Cameron did wake up at about 9:15 I let him cry it out for about 20 minutes and then I swaddled him. He then woke up at 3 I gave his binki and went back to sleep till about 4:15 I then fed him two ounces instead of 4. He then woke up at about 6. Trina my sitter had a tough time with the no swing today but is willing to try it. Cameron went down fine this evening and was even out before he finished his bottle. I swaddled him this evening so we will keep our fingers crossed for a better nights sleep. I am meeting with the pediatrician tomorrow afternoon so hopefully that goes well. I will keep you posted. Thank you for your help.
Email from Client: Night time sleep problems.
Hi Dianna, My name is Heather and I have a 7month son at home and he does fine during the day for eating and naps but I am having a hard time with him staying asleep at night, he goes down fine and used to sleep for 6 hours but over the last month the time is getting shorter and shorter we are at 2-3 hours I feel like he is a newborn again. What should I do? I have called everywhere looking for a white noise machine and no one carries them where do you recommend I get one?
Thank you for your time.
Email from Client:
My husband sent me the link to your website, and I have to say, I am interested in your services. However, we recently adopted our son, and he is 9 months old. He is our only child, and we are 35 and 34 years old. I am not sure if you could help us since he is older now, but I had a bad experience with him last night, and I was completely frazzled and didn’t know what to do. His nap schedule changes on a daily basis, as well as his night-time sleep schedule. I thought I was able to tell his cries apart, but I am now questioning that. Do you think you could help me?
Email from client after in home consultation:
Before Dianna saved us, our son was nearly six months old and wasn’t sleeping through the night. His naps were short and unpredictable and were getting worse. I was exhausted. We had tried for three unsuccessful weeks to eliminate his night feedings and to get him to sleep through the night. At the end of the three weeks, instead of waking up to eat every three hours, he was now waking up every 1-1.5 hours. As his sleeping got worse, so did my mood. After a week of waking up every hour, I woke my husband out of a deep sleep at 3 am to yell at him, screaming that he had to do something to help. He agreed to take two nights and then I’d take two nights.
After a few weeks of this, my husband agreed we needed help. This is when I found Dianna during an online search for help. We were both VERY reluctant to let Ben cry, hence the predicament we were in, and were a bit skeptical that she could accomplish in two nights what we failed to do in three weeks. After reading the testimonials we both thought, She hasn’t met our determined and headstrong son Ben, but let’s give it a try. Besides, worse case scenario, we’d get two full nights of sleep–that was worth the price. Well, it worked, just like she said it would. After the first night he slept until 6 am and has continued to do so. His naps are now at least an hour long, sometimes longer. Most naps and nights he goes down with no or minimal crying. If he does wake up in the middle of the night he plays in his crib for a few minutes (NO crying) and falls back to sleep. The best part? I watch it all from the comfort of my bed through the baby video monitor. No more pacing, walking, feeding, or any of the many rituals we used to try to get him back to sleep.
I cannot put into words how much our lives have improved! Ben is well rested, probably for the first time since he was born. I no longer snap at my husband and I no longer go running every time Ben makes a peep. Yes, I’d go running every time–talk about exhausting and ridiculous! Dianna and the video monitor gave me the confidence I needed to be the mom I needed to be. I now laugh at all of my nervous and emotional (pre-training) e-mail and phone calls to Dianna, who handled each call and e-mail with amazing patience and professionalism. She answered all my questions and addressed my every concern. My only regret is that we didn’t call her sooner!
Dianna, we cannot thank you enough!
Amy, Chris & Ben
I knew being a new mom would have its challenges, but I never guessed that they would come quite this soon and quite so frustrating, to the point of hopelessness and even near regret. I was always proud of the fact of being a successful, working, professional woman who supervised sixty employees. I soon discovered only a couple days into parenthood, managing sixty employees was far easier than managing my newborn, who was putting me to the test.
Day after day I found myself constantly holding my daughter for the majority of the day or she would be feverishly crying. I had heard all the stories of babies not sleeping much at night, but until I experienced it for myself, I could not totally appreciate what others were talking about. The doctor reassured us it was classic colic and she would outgrow it in time. I was operating on 3-4 hours of sleep a night, and maybe another hour during the day, while my daughter napped on me. Even the limited sleep I was getting was comical, as we would either rock her in the nursery or walk the hallways of the house until she dozed off. Then we would ever so gently lay her down in the bassinet, as we tiptoed out of the room holding our breathe a noise wouldn’t be made to wake her.
It was accidental that I even discovered Dianna, as I had contacted an agency to search for a full time nanny for when I went back to work. The agency asked how I was handling being a new mom and she could hear in my voice that I needed help. She told me about Dianna and her sleep training program and Dianna was here the very next night.
Dianna quickly assessed our situation beginning the very first night. She made some recommendations that we implemented immediately and these would change our life instantly. In addition, I got to sleep the entire night while Dianna took over. We soon discovered that our daughter was not the colicky girl we thought, instead she had been sleep deprived. Our daughter began sleeping 4 hours stretches instantly and showed continuous progress night after night. Just three weeks later our daughter was sleeping 7pm to 7am with a dream feed at 10pm that Dianna implemented, which will go away when our daughter gains a bit more weight. A schedule was also set up during the day that we strictly adhered to. Our daughter now goes down for her naps almost without fuss and I forgot to mention, she goes down awake and has learned to put herself to sleep for naps and bedtime.
Finding Dianna and the service she provides is an investment that is truly priceless and worthwhile. It’s hard for me to believe our daughter today is the same girl that weeks ago I teased about giving back and couldn’t wait to get back to work to avoid all the crying. As I return to work this week, I am getting more sleep than most people without newborns. I only wish I could stay home with my daughter to enjoy the personality I never knew she had in the beginning. I wish I would have known about Dianna weeks earlier to consult with. She is a wealth of information and a resource that every newborn couple should invest in.
Lana and Paul P.
I was at the end of my rope and exhausted after 4 months of not sleeping through the night. I fortunately made one last great decision and contacted Dianna Hughs. Not only did I need respite for a few nights but I also needed a newborn specialist to devise a long-term plan so that I didn’t get exhausted being up all night again.
Dianna came right away and was equipped with a game plan and great tools that obviously came not only from education but also LOTS of experience! She made me feel comfortable with her abilities immediately and I knew my daughter was in good hands. After 3 nights my daughter was sleeping and eating better in the daytime as well as at night (where she wasn’t needing to eat at all).
Even though I had read many sleep books, it is easy to lose perspective when it is your child, especially if you are chronically sleep deprived and not always making the right decisions. It makes perfect sense to have a professional intervene and I will not only pass along Dianna’s name to every expectant mother I know but I’ll also be happy to contact her in the future should we have more children!
Thank you so much Dianna for all your expertise and for saving my sanity!
Dianna saved my life! I truly don’t know how I would have survived had it not been for a friend of mine who called her pediatrician to find out how to help a frantic mother of a colicky newborn. After 2 months of surviving on 2-3 hours of interrupted sleep per day, I was at my wits end and completely at a loss for what to do with my baby or myself. Heartbroken that this was not how I envisioned my first few months with my new son and devastated that there was nothing I could do to alleviate his inconsolable crying, I progressively lost confidence in my ability to be a mother and gradually fell into a depression. I was patient in the beginning and nearly killed myself doing everything I could to try to soothe him, but nothing worked. After numerous calls to the pediatrician’s office, researching information on-line, asking other mothers for advice, I began to accept that there was truly nothing to do, but survive this awful time and acknowledge that ‘this too shall pass’. My life was a living nightmare. I never knew if and when I’d sleep from day to day. No one in my family knew what to do. The recurring theme from all sources was ‘he will outgrow it’. My only thought was how on earth would I survive 3, 4, possibly 5 or 6 months till he outgrows it. As a 4th year medical student preparing to graduate, I was used to some sleep deprivation for short periods of time. I just could not understand how all the other parents in the world were managing when I was literally dying.
Thank goodness for Dianna. From the moment Dianna walked in and recommended changes to what I had been doing, we began to experience some peace and sanity in our home again. That night, Dianna came over to allow us all some very needed sleep. It was truly the first night my husband, baby and I all slept for a few hours straight since we came home from the hospital. Since then, we have also had occasional help throughout the day. With all the experience that Dianna has had and with all of us working as a team, we have been able to help our precious baby boy through his colic. I highly recommend that any family going through what my husband and I went through seek help. Dianna has been absolutely wonderful! I am so grateful this type of help exists and that there is help out there for desperate families like ours.
LaDan, Chris and Eli
On the positive side!! Logan has slept through the night for two nights now without me feeding or touching or visiting him. He has been crying a little, but less and less.
The really big news is that I have slept and feel great and energized. I wish I would have called you 2 months ago!! My biggest problem was that I thought he had a digestive (silent reflux) issue and I didn’t want him not to be consoled.
Because of your experience you were able to study him and tell me that he didn’t have an issue so that I could be at peace letting him cry it out.
You gave me the confidence and support that I needed as a new Mom.
We want to thank you for the excellent care you’ve given to our son Ross. We really didn’t know what to do when he came 3 weeks early. It was great that you were able to start sooner than expected and prepare our nursery with items we needed for Ross.
We knew with your knowledge of formula, baby monitors, sleep petitioners and feeding schedules that our son was in good hands every night.
We appreciate the kindness that you have shown to Ross and of course our dog, Mercedes. We would recommend you to anyone.
Bruce, Randi and Ross
To Whom It May Concern:
My second son Devon was born 6 weeks ago. Since I already had one son, I figured this “newborn phase” would be old hat, been-there-done-that, and I’d be a pro at it. However, when Devon was 2 weeks old, he began crying…….then screaming. Almost any time he was not nursing (and even sometimes then), he was screaming. He often went 6 or 7 consecutive hours crying, with no sleep for him or for me. I could not rest even when he finally crashed asleep, as I was dreading the moment he’d wake with more crying. I didn’t know what was wrong with him, and 3 pediatricians told me “babies cry” and “some babies just don’t need much sleep”. I knew there must be more to his misery than that. And Dianna Hughs helped me figure it out.
Dianna came to my house on very little notice, and was on time and professional. She came prepared with a white-noise machine, dark sheets for Devon’s bedroom windows, and a Miracle Blanket of her own that I could try. Dianna took Devon in her arms and he responded to her instantly with quiet attention- no crying. Dianna fed Devon with a bottle and observed him for reflux. She showed me how to use the white-noise machine to help calm him, she set up a reflux nest in his crib and showed me how to use it, and she showed me how to swaddle him tightly using the Miracle Blanket and let me practice. Dianna was very patient with me and listened to my concerns and frustrations and helped me understand how to help my son. Devon began sleeping that day, and has been taking naps every day since then. A few days after Dianna’s visit, he began smiling, since he was getting caught up on his sleep and was significantly less cranky. And I began to enjoy my son for the first time.
Dianna knows how to help infants, and knows how to help moms. I will recommend her to any of my friends needing help with their newborns, or just needing some rest in those early weeks.
I want to thank you so much for your help after my baby was born. I had never seriously considered having a baby nurse. It wasn’t until you came along that I would now insist upon one. You helped us so much and we are so grateful.
You often went out of your way to see that we had things that made our life easier and the baby happier – the monitor, the correct bottles, pj’s that fit! Being a first time mom I can’t imagine what we would have done without you.
Thank you again, and Griffin thanks you too!