So, the boys have a new bunk bed and we’ve swapped the beds and rooms around (again)!
They were so excited when we built it for them (with help from a friend) and it took them ages to go to sleep! Claire had found the Ikea bunk bed on Ebay for only £12.50(!!) with the original new price at £120. It was being offered just up the road in Stroud, so I went over there to pick it up.
The guy in Stroud was very helpful and it seemed his family had been going through similar things as us – swapping rooms and giving over the main ‘master’ bedroom to their two children! It’s a logical approach given that the kids can use the space as a play room as well as bedroom.
So anyway, very exciting and jamie is on the top and Jac on the bottom. This all coincides with night weaning Jac, which is the process of Claire finally stopping breast feeding him at night. He’s had a lot of good milk from Claire for two years and has had the best start in life because of it. I’m proud of Claire for giving him so much love and energy. The new bed was basically the transition point for the process and seems to have helped it along.
There have been numerous hard points along the 4 or 5 days, but it seems to have been easier than it was with Jamie and we’re are both more determined and confident this time. So far, I have actually been able to get Jac to sleep myself twice, which I could not have hoped to have done while he was still on the boob. It’s a real achievement and i’ve been using the same technique that I used with Jamie, when I first started to get him to sleep without Claire. In short, it involves stroking his head slowly and humming a repetitive tune to him, while lying next to him.
If anyone out there is after an idea to help them (but mainly for my own record), the tune is from the film Jaws (wait for it!) which is sung by the fisherman – farewell and adieu you fair Spanish ladies. It seems to have enough variation in it but without being too exciting. It’s a legendary film and that scene has always stayed with me.