i think everyone has different levels of tolerance when it comes to their babies. a friend was telling me today that she'd told her husband that her son was good during the day. then her husband spent all morning with the baby and informed her that he was fussy, cried, pooped, fussy some more etc. etc. and asked her, "is this normal?" she was like, "yeah. that's a good day."
when it comes to avery, i think she's probably a pretty content baby overall...but it's looking like the problem is that i have a low tolerance level. i want to feed her, burp her, let her fall asleep in my arms, then lay her down and have her sleep for a solid few hours. in fact, stay and awake and be happy if you'd like. once in awhile this is what happens. i think to myself, "this is it! we've passed the weird newborn stage and life is going to be normal and happy now!" then we have a day like today where avery has slept only 30 minutes about three times between 3pm to now (9pm) and all the rest of that time has been spent crying. oh. my. goodness. it's a ton of crying. (thankfully, tim's taken a ton of time with her and we've been watching hockey with my dad so you don't really have to hear what's happening.) the crying makes me crazy. we try everything we know...which is feed her and change her diaper. these things are not working. i find it very "you don't know how to look after a baby!" which is stressful.
but you know? it's one day. tomorrow will be different and it will be a day of perfect naps, bottles, and quiet, happy awake time which will be very "you are the best mother ever!" and that will make me feel better. today will have increased my tolerance level a bit and any crying that happens tomorrow will seem like nothing.