*hugs* MW. It's so hard when you just want to fastforward the stage and yet know there's no gentle way to do so!!
I felt bad today, I told Tenley "later" for milk SO many times. But we spent the morning grocery shopping, with her on my back while we tried to get her to sleep, and then we came home, nursed like 3 times in two hours, and then went out to my SILs house for "late christmas". I nursed her over there twice, but then she kept asking over and over again, and I didn't want to sit on the side somewhere, I wanted to actually visit, especially since she was asking right after we'd finished nursing. blah. Not like she won't nurse her heart out tonight.
Anyways, I actually came by to celebrate!! She won't let me cuddle her to sleep anymore. If it's during the day and I'm trying to lay down with her to nap, I have to nurse her until she's almost out, and then force-swaddle her with my arms while she fusses for a few minutes, and then finally snuggles up to me. Otherwise she'll hype herself up flipping around the bed for an hour and not sleep. But at night when I put her to sleep, I nurse her until my nipple feels like its going to fall off, and then I unlatch her, and I used to cuddle her. The past few weeks, she's been increasingly insistent that I put her into her bed once we're done nursing. A few days ago, she actually started asking for "bed", in addition to reaching for it. So I always hug and kiss her, and then put her into bed, and sit in the rocker and play or read on my phone while she babbles and plays herself to sleep. Takes usually about 30 minutes or so, and the past little bit I've been frustrated that it doesn't seem to be decreasing in time. So I've been staying for 20 minutes or so, and then telling her I have to go potty or go tell daddy something, etc etc, and that I'll be back. And then in a few minutes I come back, and lay her back down. She usually calls for me, but doesn't actually cry or anything. And then I usually have to be back in the room before she'll fall asleep.
So tonight, I laid her down, waited about ten minutes, and then told her I was going potty and would be back in a little bit. She babbled to herself for about 15 minutes, and then fell asleep! Didn't even call out for me once, just totally content babbling (she talks to her baby while she's falling asleep). It was soooooo nice! Maybe she'll have a nice long stretch before waking too! She slept almost 6.5 hours straight the other day! Then again, both DH and I sleep like crap when she's not in the bed, so it's a catch 22. lol.
Alright, time to go read for a bit in bed!