When I was little, I had a little stuffed bunny my aunt made me, which I named Lullabye. Cute, I know. I still have it.
So far, Burkley does not have a lovie. We'll see if one day he develops a liking toward a stuffed animal, blankie, or some other item.
But for now, I am his lovie.
He sleeps best when I am next to him.
If he's stirring, I can calm him by just laying a hand on him.
Another strange (to me) thing that calms him down is having his fingers in my mouth.
Ever since he could reach my mouth while nursing, he's had his fingers in my mouth. I know some kids suck on their own fingers. Well, my kid needs ME to suck on them! In the night, when he's stirring, if putting my arm across him and snuggling him close like I used to do with my own stuffed bunny, doesn't work, then grabbing his hand and putting his fingers in my mouth will usually work like a charm. Weird, I know. If none of those things work, then it's nursing that will soothe him easily.
You know, I think he is my "lovie" as well. It's gotten so that I can't sleep without him having to nurse. When he's sleeping in his crib (sidecarred to our bed) and I come up to sleep, I just lay there and lay there unable to fall asleep until he rouses and needs to nurse. I've found that it's become my habit as well to "nurse to sleep." I'm not sure if this is good or bad, as eventually I would like to sleep through the night without nursing. But, until then, we work together in a balanced dance of soothing each other and calming one another off to a listless sleep each night.
|Laying in his crib before I come up to bed: I point the video monitor right at him so I can run upstairs and soothe him if he fusses without him ever fully waking up.|
|I love waking up to this sweetness every morning!|