Your definitely progressing! Unfortuntaely, the nitrite>nitrate phase is by far the hardest to wait out and typically takes twice as long as the amm>nitrite phase. Once your tank is zeroing out amm & nitrite steadily in 24hrs, then its safe to safe your cycled. I know its hard looking at an empty tank but your cycle is doing really well for so early into the process. Just keep a close eye on your ph.
If your considering adding plants or adding more plants if you already have some, this is a good time to do so. Also take the time right now to research the fish your interested in and ask questions about stocking/compatibility/care/etc. If you are unsure where to start, start visiting your lfs
's/looking online and make a list of the fish you may be interested in. Dont hesitate to ask questions about certain fish or stocking either!