The weaning is bittersweet. I'd love for DD to wean (26 months) because it's back to being really painful. It seems like the pain is mostly DD's latch - she seems to simultaneously want to nurse and dislike nursing, so she latches lazily, then pulls away as far as she can while nursing. Yeowtch! We are only nursing when it is necessary for my sanity - to get her back to sleep at night, to go for a nap, when she wakes up in a grump. Otherwise I actually tell her "No" when she asks to nurse, because I just can't take it. But at the same time, nursing is so sweet and special and I am glad we're still working at it, and I know I would mourn it if she did decide to stop altogether. But I don't know how much longer I can take the pain!
I was actually pretty much decided on weaning her against her inclination because it was hurting, but also because she was nursing through the night like a newborn, and I wasn't getting the sleep I needed. But then, all of a sudden, she decided that she wanted to sleep in her own bed, and after a week we had a few nights in a row where she slept there all night, through the night. So now I'm definitely not going to pile both weaning and independent sleep on her, because I think that would just be too much for her dear sensitive little soul. She's also doing great with the potty learning too, so it's a lot of independent steps for one little person!
It's amazing how much a second pregnancy can fade into the background of family life - I was amazed to realize that at 19 weeks I am nearly halfway through the count! The niblet inside is already 6 inches long!