As a first time parent I received lots of advice. Let your child cry it out, it will be better in the long run. Don't let your child sleep with you. You're going to let your child control you. None of it mattered in the end.
From the moment I held my daughter for the first time, I knew being her mother was what I was meant to do. Without realizing there was a name attached to the method of parenting I chose, I listened to my heart. The single best advice I was given was be consistent.
To this end I have held true. I consistently show my daughter love and support. I honor her as a little person. I have never let her cry it out and to the surprise of many she has learned to sleep through the night. I have always answered her cries for help because my heart told me she needed something or she would not be awake. I fed on demand for 14 months and she self-weaned. I've co-slept and kept her in the master bedroom until she was around a year and with paying attention to her cues realized she didn't find her crib mattress comfortable. Being aware of her needs has allowed her to sleep on a mattress on the floor in her bedroom where she continues to sleep as I write this. I continue to rock her to sleep because we both enjoy the closeness it brings to us.
AP is a way of life that is a truly simple plan of parenting to follow. Just follow your heart.
To my parents: being a mommy's girl is not a bad thing. You just regret that she isn't as attached to you.
Our daughter is more emotionally aware of her surroundings than other children her age and I contribute this to our style of parenting. As we head to the two's I realize there are more pitfalls ahead, however I look forward to every day because I know that my daughter is healthy and emotionally responsive due to simply following my heart.