DH takes care of ds part-time. Dh had to rock him to sleep for naps since day 1. Then when that did not work starting around 18 months, dh would drive him in the car until he fell sleep and then carefully transfer him inside to the house.
Today, dh calls me at work to tell me ds fell asleep IN BED with no driving needed. Ds and dh were on the bed and dh kept asking him if he wanted to go to the car and ds kept saying no. He said he wanted to sleep on the bed. He is 25 months old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They both fell asleep together on the bed.
They DO eventually want to fall asleep on their own.
I realize this is might be a one time thing for now but I see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Thanks for sharing the "light"! My DS is 25 months, too, so this is very encouraging. He actually took a nap yesterday and didn't fall asleep on the boob, which is his usual routine when I'm home with him. His ped said he might start to change sleeping arrangements around 27 months -- I've got my fingers crossed!
I felt similar amazement and, well yes, happiness, when at around 11-12 months old DD started to arch away from me during her before-bed nursing session, and clearly wanted to go to bed awake, rather than falling asleep on my boob.
There were plenty of times that I had to go and get her and nurse a bit longer because she'd start to fuss once in bed, but for the most part she's been going to bed awake ever since, for both naps and bedtime. Yay!
If anyone had told me that this would happen at any time during that first year, when getting her to sleep on my boob, and then doing the glacier creep away from her, holding my breath, trying desperately not to wake her up so i could go and have an *evening*, I wouldn't have believed them.