Cribs vs beds

Before Darwin was born we had a vague idea that we would cosleep with our babies. wWe had a friend who wanted to, but by the time her son was about 9 months old he would not sleep if she was in the room, so I had the caveat that we would do what works for us and the baby. We coslept with Darwin for 2 years, 2 months, but in the last few weeks her difficulty falling asleep in the first place became an outright refusal. She just wouldn’t, or couldn’t, fall asleep. Bed time by 8, asleep by 10, on a good night. And this with (at most) 90 minutes of sleep during the day and a 7 am wake up.  And no. She doesn’t even sleep solidly from 10 to 7. It was bad. 
So after two years and two months of never using a crib, I got out the pack n play and we began to let her work out how to fall asleep. There have been tears (hers and mine), but sleep is happening a little tiny bit faster each night. Mostly she lays down and talks for about 45 minutes and then goes silent.
Last night she was still chattering and getting loud at one point so I went in to tell her to quiet down and she told me she was telling her bedtime toy a story. I’m hopeful that this new arrangement will continue to move us in the right direction, but wary given how quickly things can change. I just keep telling myself that I can sleep when I’m dead. 

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