Tomorrow, we go on our first overnight trip in almost a year. It used to not be a big deal- after all, what difference does it make where your kid sleeps, when he only sleeps a few hours a night regardless?
But now the game has changed. For the past few months, we have had Sam on a sleep routine that actually works for him and he sleeps, on average, 10-12 hours a night. As you can imagine, this was a game changer for our family and the sleep has been the best change in the past year. But, we are gun shy. The fear of regressing back into that world of sleeplessness hovers over us like a shadow, reminding us of the horror of genuine sleep deprivation.
So, tomorrow we test the waters. We are packing all the "safest" foods. We are bringing all the comfort objects. We are prepping ourselves psychologically, and picked a suite in a hotel with a pool to give him full gross motor and sensory exposure.
And we are fully prepared to pack up and head home in the middle of the night if this all proves to be the worst experiment of all time.
I am all kinds of nervous right now.
But I have to put my faith in my kiddo and his resilient, adaptable nature. And I have to remind myself that he always has an uncanny way of surprising me when I underestimate his ability to adjust to the unknown.
But, just to be sure, I'm also packing the melatonin. ;)