Count me in as one mama ready to night wean! DS doesn't actually get milk most of the time he's nursing- he will sleep from 730/8 pm until 1030/12 without nursing (he has a paci), I feed him when I get into bed (between 1030/1am) and then he just comfort sucks. He usually wants real milkies again around 4am, and occasionally at 2am. If I'm next to him he doesn't want the paci, which is fine, but he won't settle down unless my boob is in his mouth. I get really sensitive nipples when I'm ovulating and on my period, plus I get super irritated/PMS, so on those nights I'm really having trouble being patient! Actually, I don't care if I need to give him milk two or three times a night, but I am so over the constant comfort suck thing. We are thinking about weaning him from the paci too, but that is the one thing that helps him get to sleep when I am in class. We are also re-reading the NCSS, sleep has been a real struggle, DS likes to fight it off. I have started wrapping him in a blanket just to get him to sleep and then unwrapping him when I put him down again (he moves constantly!!), but this feels like a step backward. There is a chance I might have to go out of town in a few months, and we are also looking into a hired babysitter or daycare (family sitting has not been working out for us, boo) and I don't want every nap and bedtime to be a struggle, esp if he is with someone who might not be as patient as we are, or our parents are.
Co-sleeping mamas: you might find this funny! http://www.amberdusick.com/woodmouse_loves_crafts/2011/06/what-it-is-like-to-not-sleep-at-night-illustrated-with-crappy-pictures.html
Other than that, DS is getting into everything! He loves to crawl around and explore, he is pulling himself up on everything and cruising like mad, but not quite walking. He says "mama" and so far it means that he wants me (especially when I'm at school and he's with others), and milk. He also knows the sign for milk but he stopped doing it regularly. He hasn't said any other real words but he imitates the sounds we're making when we talk to him. He has five teeth, working on number six. He has gotten so much better with gentle touching (we have started "one finger touches" too, that has helped), and he will give lots of kisses! He loves to pull things out of containers, and has spent the last few days happily pulling all his books down, watching me put them back, and pulling them out again. He eats everything we give him! The only thing he has rejected was watermelon, haha! He drinks really well from a sippy cup, a water bottle and he just drank water out of a straw earlier today. He has also recognized the "warning tone", so if he is starting to get rough with the cat, or try to pull on a cord we can use that tone and he stops, then we redirect. His favorite song is Itsy Bitsy Spider, hehe ... he has such a personality! I can tell he is going to be very independent!
Expatmama, that is an awesome playhouse!!