Noelle sleeps 8 hours a night, and she has since she was 9 weeks old. I don't know why she does this. We don't do anything special except try to put her in her cradle while she is "awake but drowsy" and turn off the lights. We try to read her a story before bed most nights, but sometimes she falls asleep before we can get to it (or we just get too tired). We make sure she is in cozy PJs and has snuggly blankets, but other than that, I have no explanation for her awesome sleep habits. Even at her worst, she was probably only waking up every 3-4 hours, so only once or twice a night.
Her needs are so simple. She doesn't cry for 'no reason.' If she is crying, she is probably hungry. That is easily remedied. If that doesn't work, she might be wet. She's a girly girl and doesn't like sitting in pee or poop. If that doesn't work, she probably just wants to be held because she is so loving and wants to be close to you. Otherwise, she doesn't cry.
She smiles with her whole face. She squints her eyes, crinkles her nose, and her mouth gets so wide that she creates dimples. She hasn't giggled out loud yet, but sometimes I think she gives me one of those silent laughs. I will do anything to make her smile, and I can't wait until she laughs!
She has never once had a fit in public at a store, at church, at a wedding or funeral, or at a restaurant. She is so laid back and loves being in her car seat. I took her to Target and Babies 'R Us when she was 4 days old. I was told I was crazy and I think people thought I was a bad mom for risking her health at that young age, but she has never, ever been sick, and she loves being around other people. She doesn't wake up because of loud noises, and even when we have 100 loud family members in a room, she doesn't fuss.
Currently, Noelle has hit all her milestones, and she rolls over from her tummy to her back. She puts weight on her legs, holds her head up, and coos and squeals. She is so awesome and I am so proud to call her my daughter.
So was that enough sweetness for you? Or did you need a little more?