Mel, NAK = nursing at keys.
Neither of my boys falls asleep without help. Gabriel has always been higher needs and worse at sleeping than Iain. The only way Gabriel, at 2.5yrs, falls asleep "on his own," and without actually CIO (which doesn't work for him, even at this age), is to keep him up so long that he's too fried to behave well, then send him to his bed for "time out." He fusses a bit because he's in time out, but as soon as he lies down, he's out! Not ideal, but it worked a couple of times (unintentionally! :LOL) when DH was out of town.
Our normal routine for him is to read a book while he lies down, then sing to him while he's curled up with his eyes closed (generally holding the book - reminds me of a cat
). We have to wait for him to be sound asleep to sneak out. Sometimes he'll wake up crying during the night - more and more, he'll wake up calmly. Then he comes to sleep with us.
Iain, thankfully, is already easier than this. He always has "help," but that may be in the form of a pacifier and our "water tape" (recorded bathwater running) in his bassinet. It's funny, but he really wants the structure of familiar things already (where Gabriel just wouldn't sleep no matter what! :LOL). Sometimes he'll give me all the signs of being tired and being ready to take a pacifier (refusing to nurse anymore), but won't do it in my arms. Put him in his bed and
. He does surprise me sometimes by falling asleep with almost no intervention, which is quite a blessing too. Then there are times like yesterday when he was so tired but we were at a friend's house and he would just NOT settle down. Perhaps laying him down in our friend's bed would have helped, but DH did eventually get him to sleep by cradling him tightly and bouncing him, along with the pacifier. Of course, then he only slept for 30 minutes!
Shannon, it's good to see you again! I'm glad to hear you all are doing well. How long will you be visiting family?
Chrissy, how is Noah doing these days? Was your juice and Starbucks outing just the two of you? I bet he's loving that!
Samantha, the Haba water bottles sound neat! Where did you get them? I just love the Haba teethers Iain got for Christmas! Thanks for the tips on packing and storing! Coming up with a method for packing/labeling/etc. is going to be interesting. I HAVE to have everything labeled to the nth! The first move we made after we were married, I numbered each room/closet in our new place, and had corresponding labels (with content) on each box. The idea was for each box to be delivered to the right spot - which of course didn't happen!
:LOL But at least I knew where it needed to go once I got to it.
I just checked an email from DH's boss, who seems to think it's highly likely that the company will OK the move. We need to check with our landlords about breaking our lease and see what they'll do for us. We've been here nearly three years, so I hope they'll be gracious. But DH and I both are feeling like we should pursue it, including trying to get out there in only a few weeks. One great thing is Gabriel keeps saying, "Go to California! Go planeport!" Of course, we'll drive, but I'm glad that he's excited about it.
It will mean a LOT of changes, obviously, and a lot of good things will be lost while we're gone - like being a 2 minute drive from my parents. But, it seems like such a good opportunity, financially, experientially (is that the right word? is that a word? :LOL), etc. The drive out there will take us past Jeremey's dad, my dad, one set of my grandparents, and three of my sets of aunts, uncles, and cousins! We're just praying that everything will fall into place - from timing to packing to a place out there and a new place when we get back. We've never bought a home, so that's a whole new bundle in the midst of the adventure! I think I'm going to try to acquaint myself with the area so I have some idea of where things are when we're talking about homes! And lists...must start lists!!