Congratulations on your baby!
I have 2 children and they were so different at night.
I often read that the reason why babies are so uneasy at night it is because that was usualy their awake time in the womb. Because we're busy during the day, they were rocked and soothed and at night, when you sleep is when they kick the most as they can't get comfy and you're not moving.
I actually made it a point to walk a lot at night, be mobile and even rock my body to get my baby to sleep at night at birth since my daughter was so tough.
He DID indeed sleep through the night since the beggining.
On a flip note, my daughter, who was my first, slept all day (I did water aerobics ever single day) and at night she cried and fussed and played and lived! Daytime was sleeping time.
I turned it around by 5 weeks, I kept her downstairs with light, noise, I got her to play after every meal and stay awak as long as she could.
At night, since the beggining, we fed, bathed and put down in a quiet room with the lights dimmed.
Soon she started being more restful at night.
The swing was always nice.
A woman said in your responses that letting her baby cry was important as she couldn't have the other child welf-soothe until 2 yrs
I disagree, I allowed my baby to be cuddled, spoiled, loved, attached and needy for 6 months, both children. At 6 months, I let her cry to sleep.
She has been self-soothing since, sleeping in her own bed, through the night at about 2 months (11 to 5 at first) and gradually increasing in the emount of time. At 6 months she was sleeping about 8:20 to 5, at 18 months now she sleeps 8 to 8 pretty much. She goes in her room, in her bed, doesn't cry, plays, falls asleep and wakes up slowly, plays and before she gets fussy I get her (10 to 20 mnts)
This is such a wonderful time but being nervouse and wanting to make sure you "do it right" can also stress you. Relax and remember, this goes by so fast and before you know it, in a years time, they will crawl out of your arms desperate to explore ;) So enjoy the short time you have to soother her cries, comfort her.... but also enjoy it!!! Some babies just cry more than others... its totally normal.