Turns out, some of my impressions about Ethan were wrong! Yep, he still has the loudest scream of any newborn I've heard when he gets upset, BUT he no longer gets upset so much. Instead, he has taken to having nice awake periods, hanging out with me and his siblings. My mom stayed the week with us to help me out (and it was the best week ever, but more on that later) and during one project he was awake and grumpy while she held him but pretty content with me - I feel like he knows we're good friends! Or else he was playing nice to get my milk... but anyway, I'm SO relieved to find he's a much calmer baby than impression #1 led me to believe.
Here's Ethan being grumpy and loud with dad...
...And Ethan being grumpy and loud with Caroline (who seems not so impressed to have a new baby brother anymore)
Here's Ethan with his new, nicer attitude. Much more my style :)