The baby just turned one, and for the last six months or more has had problems sleeping. Problems like, "If you hold me and rock me and carry me around, I might finally fall asleep after an hour, but if you happen to wake me up laying me in the crib, you've gotta do it all again." Or, "I might choose to sleep through most of the night, but it will involve waking up every hour or so for food." For various intervals during this time, this behavior has been attributable to teething, or brief illness, but in general it has passed beyond the point of "just a phase". Which makes it all the more irritating to get advice like this: "Oh, yeah, my kid did that too. I'd forgotten about that. Gee, that was rough, but I guess we just waited it out. Did I tell you about his last letter from college?"
We've resolved to try, once again, the "just let her cry it out" method. We've done this before, but her ability to keep crying surprised us in each instance (and lest we be described as simple pansies that couldn't withstand the heart-rending wails of a distressed and helpless baby, let me remind you, gentle reader, that the dear child's parents both come from the older end of large families, and have already taught three other children to sleep decently, so there's no small experience behind this effort). Well last night, it seems to have worked. We didn't get to bed early, but baby slept longer at one stretch than she has in ages, and after she did wake up and get fed, she cried herself to sleep again.
Perhaps if this works for her, she could teach her father how to fall asleep.