On a "good night" my baby sleeps 5 hours straight. Usually just 3 hours at a time for the longest stretch each night. Partially in the crib, mostly in our bed. I must say, after 7 months I am exhausted and ready for a change. I read No Cry Sleep Solution when DS was little, but it never seemed to apply to him. I know I am giving him what he needs, and have to remind myself that he is fine, but am anxious to hear what other people have to say.
Anyhoo... chalbond, you are not alone!
It may not be helpful now, but I can tell you that my high needs baby is now great 6 yo sleeper.( He is also a lovely little boy.)
So I don't know that I have any amazing advice; I personally have stayed away from sleep plans and such as I believe it would be truly detrimental to my babe to put her through something like that - as it stands now, she is bright, curious, and really thriving. I know she will grow to sleep on her own eventually! That said it does not mean there are not some tough days. But I have schlepped this ball with us everywhere - grandma's, cross country flight, etc. Do what you have to do to meet your baby's needs, mama. Hang in there - it does get better as they get older (even though DD doesn't fall asleep on her own now, she needs *much* less time/help now). When I'm having a hard time I think of a quote I heard somewhere (Dr. Sears maybe?) - will you ever regret having spent "too much" time with your baby while they were small? Probably not...
My 9 month old daugher is defintly a high need baby. She has to be nursed to sleep and then every few hours all night...she has to sleep next to me for either of us to get any decent sleep. We've tried the cry it out thing but she is way too stuborn she would literallly cry for hours until I would give up and go get her. Anyway, I get really frustrated with being so tierd all the time but from what I hear from other moms of high need babies I should just try to stay positive and enjoy my time wiht her while shes so young and attached to me because she will eventually just grow out of it...it's hard somedays....it is so good to be able to comunicate iwht other moms in the same boat. It really helps me cope to know that I'm not the only one and her behavior isn't my fault. Unfortunatly my husband isn't very supportive of letting her sleep with us....I think she is just too much for him somedays and blames me for her behavior...he thinks I baby her too much...but I hope he will just hang in there until she gets a little older and more independent. She's just recently started crawling and already dosn't insist on being held as much as she used to....I hope she just keeps progressing.