Heck, I'll join. Hi, my name is Lisa and my son is a crappy sleeper!
He woke multiple times during the night from the time he was born until he finished getting all his teeth (at 3 yo). He is now rounding in on 3.5 and still wakes up during the night for a bottle. I would say that 3-4 nights a week he sleeps until about 6:30-7:00 AM but then needs a bottle to get back to sleep. Since we generally don't go to bed until 12:30 AM - 1 AM (DH and I both work late shifts) that means DS generally only sleeps 5-6 hours before waking up.
He got hooked on the bottle at night because I was working nights from the time he was born until he was 18 months old. After 13 months he refused the breast at night, then he weaned himself to the bottle completely at 18 months. We have tried to get him off the bottle a few times, but he is just not ready... he cries like his little heart is breaking if we tell him he can't have it.
DS has trouble transitioning from being asleep to being awake. He tends to get hysterical if someone is not right there to soothe and reassure him when he starts to wake up. It was far worse when he was little, he would wake up and just start screaming for HOURS and there wasn't a whole lot we could do to help him
. He still does this occasionally and it is just so frustrating - I keep asking him to just TELL me what the problem is but he's generally too far gone to communicate effectively.
He's a very high needs child in general, but couple that with the lack of sleep and you get two very tired and strung out parents.
Just contemplating having another child is quickly quelled by reminiscing on DS's babyhood: do I really want to go through that again? Oh no. Oh god no!