I did it! I held the line on bedtime while Beau was out of town! HOORAY! Each night got progressively easier on both of us, thankfully. Last night, after all the good nights-one last hugs-one more kisses-sweet dreams-etc, I went downstairs and Bryn snuggled in to go to bed without protest.
I had barely gotten settled on the couch when I heard:
"Mommy. Mommmmmmy. Mom. Mommmmmy."
I wend to the bottom of the stairs and asked what she needed. My mother absolutely HATES "hollering" but I didn't want to engage her in person for fear we would start completely over. At first she was quiet, so I asked again: "What do you need, Sweetie?"
"I was just thinking."
"What were you thinking?"
"I was just thinking that I could ask and you could let me get up."
"Oh. No, honey, it's bedtime. Time to stay in bed and go to sleep."
"I was just thinking that."
"I know, but it's really night-night time, so go on to sleep. I love you-love you. Sweet dreams."
"See you in the morning."
and not another peep was heard. Good girl!
UPDATE: As I was writing this, Bryn called. "Mommmmy. Is it time to get up now?" She's getting good at continuing in the morning a thought she has as she's going to bed. Yesterday, it was the apple she wanted to have in her lunch. Today, it was confirmation that she could get up. I just love her.