Night 7: Poor kiddo was sick and had a fever. I rocked her only for 10 minutes, but she was totally knocked out after a dose of Motrin. I'm glad it didn't take long, but I'm not exactly pleased with the reason.
Night 8: Well, tonight was different than last night. Lily Mae's fever is gone which I'm happy about, but she just wasn't going to sleep. I had to pick her up out of her crib to rock her twice, meaning I rocked her a total of three times. It took about 55 minutes to get her to finally fall asleep. Pretty discouraging, but I'm going to keep sticking to my plan.
Night 9: She went down really easily. She was very tired and bedtime was a little later than usual. I rocked her for 10 minutes during which I accidentally let her fall asleep. She stayed zonked out when I put her down, so the whole process took about 10 minutes total and only one time rocking her.
Night 10: It wasn't as easy as last night (seems consistency is a little hard to come by - there are a lot of variables in the equation). I had to get her out of her crib after the first time I tried to put her down. So I rocked her two separate times and it took about 30 minutes total.
So after the first 10 nights of this transitional period, it's going pretty much the way I thought it would. There hasn't been a miracle change, but on average the bedtime process is improving in the ways I want. I'm having to rock her for a lesser amount of time and she's falling asleep in her crib instead of cuddled up with me in the glider. We're moving in a positive direction so I'm going to try to keep a good attitude. Changing a baby's sleep habits after 16 months isn't going to happen overnight (heh. See what I did there?) but with nurturing consistency I think it will happen in time. I'm just fortunate to have such an easy kid to begin with - I can't imagine having to make this transition with a high-maintenance or stubborn kiddo.
I'll update on our progress from time to time, but I won't keep doing nightly summaries. If it's been a while and you want to know how it's going, please let me know!