DS2 is now almost 1 year old, and it seems to me that he has been sleeping for shorter stretches in the past few months (during which time I have been working longer hours and traveling more) than he did, say, last summer at 6 months, when I worked saner hours and really didn't travel. The problem for me, of course, is that the more and harder I have to work, the less well he seems to sleep - which means I am pretty much wrecked all the time, at least during the week. (This would be funny if it wasn't such a huge quality of life suck...)
His usual routine is that he nurses and then goes to sleep (in a crib) about 7pm. He usually wakes around 9 to feed again, then goes back down in the crib. He will then wake again around 11, which is when I try to get to bed. At that point I bring him to bed with me, nurse him a bit, and then he will wake again around 2-ish and then again around 6, nursing each time. (We get up after his 6am feeding.) If I am up late working, he will wake every hour until I come to bed, which is a huge drag as the only way I'm able to avoid long hours in the office (I work in senior management for a large consulting firm) is to catch up late at night after DH and the kids are in bed. I contrast this to where DS was at 6mos, when he would go down at about the same time (7-ish), wake around midnight for a big nursing session, and then sleep through until 6, when we would nurse again and then get up for the day.
I'm specifically posting this in the working/student mama forum because my feeling is that DS wakes to nurse so many times a night in part because he and I are away from each other all day, and this is one way he connects and gets more cuddle time with mama. Has this been your experience? If so, how long did it last, and HOW did you get through it intact?!