DS is finally night weaned which seemed like a very long, sleepless process..
he will be 2 tomorrow and hasn't nursed for about a week and a half.
The first few nights there was a lot of crying, but strangely he didn't ask to nurse as much as I thought he would. Our problem was that he was used to nursing to sleep, and he is a very active boy so unless he was nursing he didn't want to be still or lay down. It sounds terrible, but I had to hold him and rock him and yeah, he cried. I don't do CIO and never have, but I don't feel like thats what we were doing because even though he was crying, I was right there holding him. He knew he wasn't being abandoned. This is what I resorted to after several hours of reading, singing, and every two seconds saying "lay down sweetie". He didn't get to sleep before midnight for the first five days or so.
But it has been getting shorter and shorter, and tonight what worked was bath, bedtime tea (its an herbal toddler mix I got from an herb shop) quiet playing and looking at books in bed for 30 minutes, then I read one long-ish story, turned off the light and told him the story of when he was born (tomorrow is his birthday- other nights I tell him other stories. He seems to like me to tell him the plots and play-by-plays of his favorite movies
) he went to sleep before 9 and with no tears.
Before he was weaned he was waking up 2-3 times at night to nurse. Now that he is weaned, he is not waking up at all, or if he is, he just goes back to sleep on his own. We co-sleep (Me and DH in a queen, DS in a twin pushed up to our bed so its like one huge bed) and he starts out on his side of the bed and ends up either closer to me on our bed or between me and DH so he must wake up at some point but is figuring out how to go back to sleep. Now our issue is that he is getting up at 645 every morning.. he used to sleep until 830 or 9!