I think we have turned a corner with Annie. Things have gotten easier lately, and it's due in large part to this:
She puts her index finger and thumb together and sucks on them when she starts getting fussy. Now when I put her down, instead of screaming uncontrollably, we just hear the little smacking sound of her mouth on her hand. And it's making my quality of life much, much greater. I remember hitting this point with McKay, too.
It was grand. Actually, Ty sucked his thumb for a while, too.
In addition to learning how to self-soothe, Annie has been sleeping through the night. WAHOO!! She is sleeping 7-8 hours pretty consistently now, usually from about 10PM - 5 or 6AM. I had almost forgotten how good it feels to sleep 7 hours in a row! So that means since I am getting a full night of sleep again, I have started working out again. And it's really incredible how much better I feel after getting a good run in each morning.
I feel like I have found my new "normal." We are settling into a routine, and things are looking up!
Little Lady was two months old as of yesterday. Here are the one- and two-month-old comparison shots:
And while she may not look so much different than she did a month ago, the changes that have occurred in the last month have been phenomenal.