First of all, thank you to those of you who posted or emailed your support over this whole sleep training thing. It was quite a week, and not just because of the new bedtime routine, so I really needed the encouragement. As usual, the Little One got sick IMMEDIATELY after commencing the new regime. This has happened each time before, and always resulted in abandoning the whole thing and putting it off yet again. But this time? I. Was. Determined. She had just a bad cold, so I decided to stick to the plan and forge ahead. And? It worked! She only cried and begged on the first couple of nights (and it was awful for me, but I remained strong). On the third night she announced that she wasn't going to fuss, and in fact did not. The resistance isn't entirely over yet though. Last night she protested that this is "weird" and she took a very long time to settle down and fall asleep, but in the end she did it without me in the room (though I think I had to check on her about 7 times, the most yet). But I do think the worst is over and soon it will be a familiar routine.
We still bring her in with us when we go to bed, and probably will until we move to a house with a different floor plan. I just don't feel comfortable with her room being so far from ours, and on bad nights when she wakes often I can't take the up-and-down routine. I get more rest this way, so for now we're keeping our hybrid sleep practices. Because this works for our family right now, and that's all that matters.
Other than that, it was a nutty week all-around, and now I'm coming down with the Little One's cold and feeling more dreadful by the hour. I think I'm off for a nap now, in fact.