I found this thread and am posting because I feel bad complaining to my best friend (again), and DH is sick of hearing it I have a 3 year old daughter who is just, finally sleeping all night long in her own bed, and an almost 9 month old son. I thought DD was a tough sleeper, but I had no idea how much worse it could get! DS has the very same waking routine he had since 3 months old. That is, waking every 2 - 3 hours all night long. Lately, though, he can't get back to sleep after nursing, either. He is just big and aware and wakes up the second I put him down. When he slept with us, it was the same - fussing all night, nobody could get comfortable or have enough room. Now he is in his crib, sharing a room with his very sound sleeping big sister. Anyway, I've tried the No Cry Sleep Solution, lots of cereal before bed (I know, I know), a food snack in the middle of the night, changing his dipe, NOT changing his dipe... um... manually rocking his crib or bouncing my hands on his mattress, the yoga ball, patting, shushing, pick up / put down... He falls asleep for a few minutes, then wakes right back up. The wakings at 9, 11, 1, 3, and 5 are bad enough, but when he won't go back to sleep for 45 minutes, well, you don't need to do the math to see how little sleep I'm getting.
DH (who can sleep through all of this) tells me that it's the same as it was with DD, but just more exhausting because there are 2 kids to care for now. Personally, I think I would remember going for 9 months on 4 hours a sleep a night if it had happened to me before. Once, I drank a cup of Kava tea, not knowing it was a nursing no-no. DS slept for 6 hours! The next day, I felt like I was on some wonderful drug and could do anything. When I learned that the tea was off-limits, I threw it out and wept :)
Thanks for listening to me vent.