I'm new to this whole section of the forum but would like to join this thread if that's okay! My daughter is almost three now and still nursing all the time. After much trepidation, I have finally given in to DH and agreed to start trying for another baby. :D I wanted to let DD self-wean first but I'm pretty sure she's not going to do that till she's at least five, maybe seven or eight...lol. I finally just decided I can handle tandem nursing. And I got my wisdom teeth pulled last week (which DH wanted me to do before we tried again, ugh it was awful!), so we'll be trying this month.
I've been charting but not very faithfully. I have an iphone app that I use to track my periods, but I don't take my temps...the app tells me when I'm probably fertile based on previous cycle lengths, and since my cycle is really regular I think it's reasonable accurate, based on my casual mucus examinations. It's worked as a birth control method, anyway--at least, I HOPE it's charting that's been working and it's not that it's going to be hard to conceive because I'm breastfeeding and 35 now. We got pregnant with DD the minute I went off the pill (didn't know about charting then), so I'm totally new to this whole trying to get pregnant thing!
So...I guess I'm in the waiting-to-be-ready group. :)
Oh, and beccabus, I feel your pain with nightweaning! I started trying when my daughter turned two...after months and months of torture she was mostly making it through the night without nursing, but she was frequently awake for hours in the middle of the night. Sometimes as long as six hours straight, during which she would alternate between trying to go to sleep and sobbing softly because she couldn't sleep. It was awful. We traveled over Christmas and then she got an ear infection and had to go on antibiotics and I gave up. This month has been rough (some nights she nursed every two hours, which is what she was doing when I started trying to nightwean), but last night she only woke twice, I think. I decided I'm not trying anymore, she will sttn when she's ready and I will somehow deal with nursing two babies at night if that's what I have to do!
I do think one is old enough to sttn, though. Theoretically. Although I think most babies don't do naturally, without help, till more like three. Have you tried Jay Gordon's nightweaning strategy? It didn't help me at all, but it sounds nice... :)