Last night, I could tell that Ben was pretty tired and knew I should probably get him off to bed. I said to him, "Ben, do you want me to take you to your crib"? He got a huge smile on his face and started to nod yes! At first I wasn't sure he understood me, so I asked him twice more and he continued to nod yes :)
Then I told him to say goodnight to Dada, and he immediately waved goodbye, and I took him into his room and put him down. Right away, he tucked his arms in and laid his head down and that was it.
A few months back I never could have imagined we would ever have such an easy bedtime experience, but lately Ben has been super happy to go down for naps and at night.