I decided recently that I want to give Chloë a bedtime. Up until now she's been going to bed somewhere between midnight and two, which is a little later than is totally convenient. Also she's mostly going to sleep on me because I haven't had the patience to sit up and rock her to deep sleep when it's one o'clock in the morning and I'm falling asleep myself. So my goals are twofold: get her to start going to sleep closer to ten o'clock, and get her used to going to sleep in my arms rather than on my chest.
It's been a big fat failure so far. I admit it's only been a couple of days, but how does she know to be bright-eyed and alert and hungry--always hungry--at exactly the time when I want her to be getting sleepy? Right now she's taking a big nap, so as to be as awake as possible in a couple of hours when I want her to be going to sleep. Admittedly we slept nine hours last night (four hours and then five hours) so I'm rested enough to stay up with her until two. I expected this to take a while, but I was kind of hoping for a good start.