Well, After 8 difficult nights and days, some of the techniques we have been implimenting from the No Cry Sleep Solution have been having a very positive effect. It definitely did get darker before it got lighter. She was waking up 8 or more times a night up until last night and her naps would last no more than 30-40 minutes.
However, after moving her bedtime to between 7 and 7:30, stabalizing her bedtime routine, and working on teaching her how to sleep without nursing, last night she woke up only 3 times in the span of 10 hours and the past two days has improved her naps by 15 minutes and 60 minutes! We haven’t quite gotten to where she can fall asleep on her own yet and hence sleep in her crib, but it is a definate improvement!
Since she is sleeping longer now but can’t sleep in the crib quite yet, every time I heard a peep over the baby monitor I had to run to make sure she was okay and not awake and going to fall off the bed. So, as much as this exercise was fulfilling, we invested in a video monitor which lets us watch her as well as listen to her. We just thought until we can get her sleeping in a secure location like her crib, it is better to shovel out the $150 than have The Cuteness fall off the bed.