Hugs to you, El - I think we can all fill in the blank when it comes to our guilty pleasures... or perhaps not even pleasures as much as escapes... and you know what? I don't think it's that awful. We've spent so much time talking about judging (or, rather, trying NOT to judge) others, yet we are ALWAYS judging ourselves rather harshly, it seems...
I'm a single mama, tonight, too, and it took forever to get ds to sleep. He's actually asleep on the floor in the bedroom right now 'cause all the usual tricks didn't work.
Iguana - wanted to thank you, too, for your words of wisdom re: nightweaning and waiting until we aren't conflicted. I can see how I have changed my expectations/interactions with ds as he has grown and have been able to let go of a lot of fears. Perhaps this is a result of my increased confidence as a parent, but I think a lot of it just has to do with knowing when it is time to let the next stage happen. I'm encouraged to think that the same will happen when it's time to wean (or at least nightwean).
I have to say, friends, that while I LOVE to be around babies, I can't even imagine #2. Frankly, there may not be a #2, and I'm generally pretty okay with that. Any onlies out there? (I'm an oldest, Heather.)
Jacq - if dh and I could move anywhere, it would be to the bay area. Half of my family and several close friends are spread out between Half Moon Bay and San Rafael. It is the cost of living that keeps us in the midwest. It's hard to find good friends when you AP and work, isn't it? I know how you feel, and I'm a bit shy, too.
Okay, that's my .02 worth for tonight. Sweet dreams, mamas, and may your babes sleep for hours...!