It's been over for about a week now and I'm bummed. Karl is in the classic "freak out starting around 6pm and ending around 11pm" mode. Each of my babies followed this schedule.
I don't know if it's overstimulation or just the process of learning daytime from nighttime. Whatever it is, I know it's normal, which helps me tons and tons. Instead of trying everything I can to get my baby to STOP crying during this time, I know now it's just a normal thing and I just have to try to make him comfortable as I can while he cries. It's not my job to stop the crying, it's my job to just be there while he's crying.
I can't tell you how frustrated I used to get with my other kids. Ella was the worst since I had no clue what was going on. Allison was a bit better, but she had this high pitched scream instead of a cry, so that added to the tension. Karl, on the other hand, just cries like a normal baby - not too loud, not quiet, but a very average cry. So during his crying jags, we just hang out together. Tom takes a turn, I take a turn then the swing takes a turn. I'll admit I have to put him down for 5 minutes here and there for a sanity check, but we'll make it through this. We always do.
Here is Karl, 1 month old.