Actually, I think AP is easy and what first attracted me to it was pure laziness, lol.
Cosleeping rocks. I can't imagine being woken up by the cries of a baby coming from a crib, dragging myself out of a warm bed...my cosleeping daugther barely even grunts at night when she wants to nurse, and I wake only enough to roll over and offer my breast, then I'm back to sleep. I sleep great and my DD sleeps about 12 hours every night. Nightnursing is a total nonissue.
And don't even get me started on bottles and formula. If my kid had to rely on me getting THAT act together she'd starve, lol. BFing is by far the easiest most convenient part of parenting ever, lol!
I have never done CIO and always either nursed her or rocked her to sleep. As a newborn, it could take a while but as she got older it was less and less difficult. Now getting her to nap is almost always an easy task. I've never done anything to "help" her, she just developed that ability on her own. She falls asleep in the car, in the stroller, or just lying in my lap nursing (like right now, lol).
Slinging a baby was always easier to me than lugging a stroller around everywhere we went, navigating through narrow shop aisles, or having to find the elevator. We finally got a stroller when she was 8 months old, and she LOVES it. She squeals with delight, rocking back and forth ("faster, faster!") and waving her arms in the air. People crack up when they see her. So the idea that you have to "train" a kid to get used to a stroller is bizarre to me. Chances are your kid woulda hated it any time.
I never ever let my DD cry alone, without hugs, even if I can't help her stop crying, she knows I'm there. She rarely cries, so there goes the theory that you can make a kid a "crybaby" by always responding to their cries. Chances are your kid is just that sort of personality and needs the attention more. Imagine what damage would be done if you *didn't*. Think it's easier? Sure maybe now, but what about the years of therapy they'll pay for later!
Getting angry when your kid frustrates you is a waste of energy, so I really try not to go there (not that it's an issue when DD is only 10 mos old). Gentle discipline helps me every day to discover things about myself and to become a better person. How could that not be a good thing?
There is only one time that I sometimes sigh, and that's if DD is goign through a fussy phase (i.e teething, sick) and I want to put her down for a nap, I will sometimes lie next to her and nurse until she unlatches, and on those days it can take up to 10 minutes, which really is NOTHING, but it seems alot. And I think "wow, if I had a pacifier I'd be outta here already". But I don't want to use paci's and this forces me to relax for 10 minutes and breathe and just watch DD's beautiful face. So it's a Good Thing too!
[we need a cheerleader smilie, could I BE more perky? lol!]