yes, sleep for everyone makes ALL the difference. Don't get me wrong, we still have nights when she's not tired or something, but overall....WAYYYYY better. AND she grew 4 inches and gained 10lbs in the 4 months since we've done it. I think she was too tired to gain weight. And tiredness is probably part of the reason I wasn't making enough milk.
In exchange for CIO we decided to re-institute a very strict routine (we'd tried it before from the No-cry s.s) and an earlier bedtime. and we have a rigid nap one too. So we are a slave to bedtime around here, but makes the waking hours much more pleasant. My non-mom friends can't understand why I can never do anything at 630 pm, but I'm busy putting my baby to sleep.
Anyhow we are all really happy right now and she wakes up with this cute little smile every morning, comes to bed to nurse for a bit and then if it is too early to get up for real, dh takes her and snuggles her on the couch back to sleep.
car -- I was driving out of town, which means up a huge hill on an interstate. There was lake effect snow falling (light fluffy stuff) and I just slid -- at 40 mph. Lost control of car, spun around and hit the rear corner of the car on the guardrail. No one was with me Thank Goodness. and like I said I was traveling well below the speed limit.
baby in car -- I was FREAKING out and freezing my tail off trying to do something. Luckily she was totally fine and we had left it running. She just played with her socks and slippers and laughed at mom and dad.
bike shop...i've been meaning to tell you that I bought the charriot carrier stroller I asked about last spring. It is defintiely a jack of all trades master of none. Great for skiing - except that you have to put it together each time or have a van. Good for jogging in cold weather bc it is like a burley, but it is too big for the trunk of the car with the wheels on it. Biking -- easy to attach, but the burley is a better trailer IMO and you can't get an infant seat in the chariot. But for the 550 we paid for all 3, not a bad deal.