I just spent 15 minutes rocking Zach sort of to sleep. I initially went in as he had worked himself up into a frenzy at the suggestion that he go to bed. My plan was to calm him and let him "self-soothe". But then, when I had him all cuddled up in my arms I just could not bear to put him down. He has started to do what I call his tired noises. They are little coos and ooos and ahhs that are just the sweetest things I have ever heard. His little eyes are zig zagging he is so tired, but he insists on making his tired noises. I just melt. So I rocked him, and loved him and then put him into his bed still awake but groggy - just as the books say.