Second night, after less than a minute with the light out and her head down she said - 'mama, it's ok if children change their mind'. Apparently, pony (a new toy) told her she didn't want to sleep in her own bed. Something put her off.
The good thing about that, was that it established quite clearly what I needed. Of course there was that slight sadness of seeing her grow up, especially how easily she did it and without much need for pre-sleep cuddling! But when she wanted back in mine, I was disappointed. So that's clear!
her bed, surrounded by pillows, and Panda
3rd night, I used pony as the break-through.
Of course ponies don't sleep in beds! They sleep in stables. And standing up, she informed me. Silly us! So we made him a little stable out of a box, placed him well away from her bed, and she chose her first soft toy to sleep with (Mimi) and that was that.
Six nights now in her own bed - same room. I'm surprised at how quickly she drops off too. She always does but alone I thought she might need more time. I'm even more glad now that we never made going to bed a battle.
Her restlessness still disturbs my sleep (less so as I become accustomed to her being away from me) but now I can move without disturbing her and NO BEING KICKED! hoo-friggin-ray for that I can tell you.
I'm super happy I went with her needs and that she decided when she was ready. I miss her little bod next to mine, co-sleeping has been the best. But it was time.