Emma is apparently a baby who is going to have to fuss herself to sleep. I remember reading about this type of baby when Will was a newborn. At the time, I had a baby who went from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds as far as crying. Once he started, he wasn't going to stop. So try to get him to self-soothe was quite unproductive at this age.
Emma, on the other hand, really does fuss herself to sleep. I am going to try to get a video of it, because it's really quite miraculous.
For example, her nap the other day? She was clearly tired, so I changed her diaper, swaddled her, and put her in her crib. I almost laughed at myself as I did it, expecting to have to rescue her very shortly. As I was walking out, she started to fuss, not cry, but a gentle "wah wah." I turned around to get her, but by the time I got back to her crib, her eyes had drifted shut. After another weak "wah," she was out like a light for 45 minutes. She did it again tonight when I put her on the ottoman at my feet while I was blogging. She started to fuss with a little more vigor that yesterday, but as I was reaching for her, her eyes slid gently shut. She has been sleeping there for thirty minutes and I think she might be out for the night. Now if only she was actually in her crib. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
It makes me hopeful that when we actually get down to sleep training, it might be easier than I am expecting. Fingers crossed and all of that.
As for nighttime sleep. . . eh. She's a newborn, what do I really expect? And I think I have gotten better and existing on little to no sleep. It just isn't bothering me this time as much as it did last time. Would I love an 8 hour chunk of sleep? Absolutely. Will I settle for (and do just fine on) a four hour chunk? Yes, and I'll be grateful for it. It could be a lot worse.