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I have a 2 month old too! Also, 2 other kids. I think your MIL is over-generalizing in a way that is not at all accurate, especially for a 2 month old. My baby is also very happy and alert, but there are, of course, times when he's not. There is at least an hour total a day that I spend holding, bouncing, dancing, swaddling, un-swaddling, burping, changing, feeding, facing inward, facing outward, laying on back, laying on tummy, patting, rubbing, etc. During that time, he's almost impossible to soothe and I'm sometimes surprised by what calms him down. Like yesterday I bicycled his legs and grabbed his hands and crossed them over his body and he stopped screaming and laid calmly for 5 minutes. I think he's totally normal.
I can't wait for 3 months, because with my previous 2 kids, that was the age when I could almost always soothe them quickly and reliably (usually by holding). However, just being held in general wasn't enough because even at 3 months, I'd give them to someone else and they'd keep screaming. I think you're doing a great job!