I just put baby Elliott to sleep and decided I would provide an update. Elliott is doing GREAT.
We have a nice little night time ritual we 3 enjoy together.
1) tub (optional)
3) play in room
4) dim lights in bedroom
5) say good night to every room in our apartment ("good night kitchen" - then turn out light)
6) along the way we find Lucy, Elliott's doll, and there is a happy reunion
7) back to the bedroom
9) brush teeth
12) kiss - into bed (that is really 2 steps but i did not want the last step to be the number 13 :)
Elliott lets me put her in the crib without a fuss. She lays down and GOES TO SLEEP! It is so cute we may have to video tape it. I wish I could stand there and stare at her as she goes to sleep but I am thinking that might not work. I mean, she goes to sleep! It is an amazing thing.
Elliott wakes up early in the am 5:30 or so. I nurse her, I probably should not but I do...then she goes to sleep for another hour. She is still getting up too early. We should work on tweaking her schedule so she is not up so early - but for now, it's working. I just need to work on going to bed earlier myself.
Naps are still not easy. She cries and cries if put in her crib. I have to nurse her to sleep, but it does not always work. So I have a bad habit on planning to go somewhere during her nap so she falls asleep in the car. It's cheating, I know. Right now I think she is figuring out if she is a one nap or two nap a day girl. If anyone has any nap pointers they are welcome.