Catching up where I left off yesterday...
It took her 3 1/2 hours to get down for her nap! I was in and out once or twice, let her cry for a solid 30 minutes (some VERY intense crying), thought maybe she was ready to get up, and we would try again later, only to put her on the ground and have her collapse in tears, soothed her, then put her back down and stayed out of the room for good. That final time, it took her about 20 or so minutes to get to sleep. BUT, she did and took an hour nap, although she woke up and looked SO tired. :)
Later that night was our date night, so we dropped Maggie off with Patti and I was a bit worried about how she would go down. I didn't anticipate anything like what we experienced earlier, but, still, I didn't want my good friend to have to hear her cry like that for x-amount of time. Aron and I grabbed a quick Italian meal out and actually had a REALLY good conversation about life and where we are headed (I'm working on a post about that, so look for it soon). He had to wrap up a 160+ hour project that he's been working on, so we went back and got Maggie around 9pm. Patti said she did not make ONE sound, but just laid down in the bed and fell fast asleep! Yah! We woke her up to take her home, and thankfully, she transfered noiselessly to her crib for the rest of the night.
Today, marks day 3!! Her nap started bad, with about 7 minutes of intense crying, the kind where you think, "Oh no, here we go again," but guess what!? That was it. She was out like a light and slept for over 2 hours.
I *think* we are in the home stretch. Other than our difficult nap yesterday (it was quite draining near the end, I have to be honest), this process has been surprisingly smooth. Maggie hasn't even mentioned the word "bink" all day long! Honestly, I'm thrilled we decided to move forward with this. No more, "Did you grab the bink?" as we race out the door (just IN CASE we need it while we are out) or locating them once they make their ways into the recess of the house.
I am a new woman and Maggie is a new kiddo! Thank you all for your encouraging words. It was helpful to read during our rough spot yesterday. And thanks for those of you who shared similar stories or encouraged me to press on. Celeste, I must admit, that your story in June made me eager to get rid of it sooner than later. I hope that's OK to admit! And your stamina to see it through and not give back in, was HUGE. Thanks for that! :)