We've been so lucky with one major thing since Mara was born. SLEEP.
It's a pretty major thing, as any new parent will tell you! And I try not to take for granted how lucky we are. She has consistently slept through the night since July (about 10 weeks old). That was the first time I tried to start a bedtime routine for her, and it worked. Sure, she's had a couple rough nights here and there, and sometimes she'll put up a little fuss before she falls asleep, but for the most part, we have been extremely lucky.
Sometimes on the weekend (when we don't have to get her up for daycare) she'll even sleep in until 8am. I used to think that was early. Now, it's a chance for me to sleep in, and I love it!
I'm not going to jinx anything here, so I'm definitely 'knocking on wood' as I type this!
I realize this is NOT the norm for a lot of parents, and I try to really appreciate it every night!
When she's being a difficult toddler (or teenager!) I'm sure I'll look back on these 'easy' days -- when I could put her to bed and she'd talk to herself for a little while and then go to sleep, and Jay and I would have the evening to ourselves. I'm definitely enjoying it while I can...it could change at any time. But my fingers are crossed that it won't!