When Kathleen was born, we marveled about how calm she was, such a good-natured, contented child. Then she turned six months and woke up. She wasn't good natured, we realized, she simply wasn't awake long enough to be any kind of nature. And then the next three months until she had learned to crawl were particularly stressful for both of us.
When Sophia was born, we adored her and loved how happy she was, contented to be held and smiled at. Now she is six months old and has woken up. This time, I know what I'm headed for and I'm not looking forward to it. Sophia has given a wonderful preview in the last week by waking up at 4:30 and intermittently crying until 6:30, not taking naps, waking up to early from naps, crying herself to sleep at night, and crying while left alone for 5 minutes. Productivity around here has gone through the floor.
I know she'll survive the next three months, but I'll get back to you about me.