Sorry this is going to be a bit of a vent - I just need a few hugs and some empathy.
My 15 month old wakes about 3-4 times a night and takes 2 x 30-45 minute naps per day. Until he was about 12 months old he woke at least 7 times a night, and I was a crazy sleep deprived mama.
Anyway, my DH and I have tried a bunch of things to improve his sleep patterns with no real improvement, so have come to realize that this is how he sleeps, and for the most part have come to terms with the fact that we will have unterrupted sleep for the forseeable future.
So I belong to a mom's group and recently someone asked everyone else about their little one's sleep and nap patterns. Our kids are roughly the same age.
One by one the moms revealed that their kids slept through the night without waking (unless teething, sick etc) and took good solid 1-2 hour naps each day.
I realized I was the only one whose little one "still" does not sleep through the night and has shorty short little catnaps.
I should comment that most of these moms bottle feed their kids and many have sleep trained them. By contrast I breastfeed, co-sleep and firmly against CIO in any form.
As much as I try not to compare my little guy with any other kids - after all, he is who he is - this really sent me over the edge. It's hard struggling through night after night, and being tired during the day, and hearing before my very eyes how much "easier" other moms have it.
What's worse is when one of the moms complains when their little one has woken once or twice due to teething, illness etc and they proclaim to be "sooooo sleep deprived".
Someone please tell me I'm not the only mom of a 15 month old who is still facing these kind of sleep challenges.
Sorry this is such a negative post. It's hard to be the odd one out!