I just put Arlo to bed. For the first time ever, I didn’t have to feed him to sleep, walk him around the room, or drum rhythmically on his back for ten or fifteen minutes.
All I had to do was lean over the cot so he knew I was there. He babbled away for fifteen minutes and stood up a few times, but then he lay back down, and after a while his breathing became heavy and he fell asleep. Just like that. All by himself.