Perhaps "freedom" isn't the most appropriate expression...but I feel like I am starting to finally understand exactly how to deal with a needier baby. We both give Lennon loads of attention, because if he doesn't get it, he tends to be a little "sad". This is ok, but I really feel that to deal with a baby like this and keep your sanity, you have to find their schedule and go with it. Or notice small nuances about what does or doesn't keep them happy and try to remember them. We've figured out that Lennon just really needs us nearby a lot. Even sometimes when he's sleeping. I am finding ways to make these night time needs fewer and farther between, but I also have to be there for him if he needs me. He's a baby. He needs security from his parents the most right now, so that later on, he'll know that we have been there for him always, and we'll continue to be. He's been enjoying eating so much. I think part of his new found happiness comes from his daily dose of carrots and rice cereal. He is the baby that cries in between bites because he's so excited for more. Noel was not so ravenous for food, so this is pretty hilarious to watch for the first time.
It's been quite interesting for us to have two children with very different baby personalities. Whoa...it's almost as if they're little humans. ;-)