In general, Jude's newborn stage has been easier than it was with Soren; crying happens a little less frequently, Jude is easier to soothe, and Chris and I as parents are more relaxed and not as shocked about what to expect. However, having a newborn in the house again can be stressful, especially when it comes to sleeping.
There's the whole attachment parenting thing, which sounds ideal to me in a utopic sort of way. Mind you, I do a lot of attachment parenting already--nursing on demand, babywearing, co-sleeping (somewhat)--however I'm not entirely comfortable with all of it, all the time. Call me selfish, but I do miss having time to myself without having an infant attached to me. I'm not a really touchy-feely person, and am quite sensitive and introverted, which means I need time alone to recharge.
Nightime is hardest, with Jude next to me, wanting to nurse constantly. His brother was the same way, and after about 6 weeks, I threw in the metaphorical attachment-parenting towel. Soren began sleeping in his crib, which worked out swimmingly in the long run.
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, by Tracey Hogg. Out of desperation with Soren, I checked it out of the library years ago and found that it had some really helpful advice. Without going into details, it is a midway point between attachment parenting and its opposite, Ferberizing. Though I don't agree with everything the author writes, there have been some helpful tidbits in it.
What I've taken from the book is to pause and listen to a baby's cries, rather than just picking him up and feeding him. Often with Jude (as with Soren as an infant), he's crying because he's tired, not because he's hungry. And recognizing this has made a difference in getting him the rest that he needs. In fact, as I type, he's upstairs napping in his crib (for the last hour!), away from the chaos downstairs with his brother running around like a maniac.
So here I am again, without a map, navigating these infant waters. Have you found any sleep advice or books that have been particularly helpful to you when figuring out your baby?