First of all:
Little Miss has slept with me from night one. She made it clear that would be the arrangement. I'm not 100% crunchy, 100% modern-AP (What IS that, anyway?), the only thing I've been dedicated to is letting Little Miss tell us what she needs, and then giving it to her.
So we've entered the toddler years, and we're experimenting with "No!" and boundaries and limits and consequences and all kinds of fun stuff. I love her. She makes the "Ah ah!" noise as she does the naughty thing. Oh yeah. My little darlin'.
It's been a big, and sudden transition. She's markedly more brave with other humans, markedly more brave physically, and still very fond of and attached to me, for now.
She's been less interested than usual in nursing, and she was never a big nurser. She nurses at bedtime, and nurses herself to sleep at naptime. She can go to bed or down for nap without nursing. Mama is not quite ready to be done. (Please note: Mama alternates between really, really done and not done, never ready to be done, it can't end, no my baby, nooo!)
Our usual nighttime routine starts with a bath, followed by some sleepy-time stories, followed by nursing, lots of cuddles, some monkey-business, and then Papa would rub and pat her off to dreamland in our big bed. But a little while ago, the off-to-sleep portion started taking loooonger and loooooooooooonger and longer and finally it was taking 40 minutes to an hour every night and Mama said to just put the little munchkin into her co-sleeper, which is set to the low level and next to the big bed and let her alone and see what happens. So that was a couple weeks ago, and she's not cried, not once, and simply chats with her snuggly doll a while, then gets comfortable, pulls her quilt up into her face and goes to sleep. And she stays asleep until the wee hours, when she wakes up, wakes me up and joins me in bed, having an obligatory 3-second nurse before drifting back off. (No, really, I've tried not offering the boob, and she really wakes up and yells then, but there are many nights when I get it out and she's asleep before she latches. She wants the boob out, apparently.)
So I'm wondering... does all this signify that we might start introducing the big-girl bed, in her own big-girl room? (Obviously this would be a very safe toddler bed, not an adult kit.)
Anyone else had a child start self-settling and then transition?
I'm not eager to be rid of her. True confession: I occasionally rub her legs to wake her up just enough to justify bringing her in bed with me right when I am ready to sleep, instead of sleeping on my own until she wakes me.
But I'm really dedicated to letting her tell me, somehow, when she's ready for "the next step", whatever that may be, and all this, to me, seems like maybe she's ready to plunge into sleeping in the next room.
Yikes. And I'm so proud. She's such a brave little thing, sleeping all by herself.