Wow Daryl, 2 spirited and 1 spunky kid??? How did you survive? How far are they spaced apart? If we have another, I think we need to wait till 20mo dd is at least 4 before we'll have the energy.
She nurses alot at night, but I don't think it's because she's all that hungry. She's a great eater. We don't have sit down eat at a table meals very often. Basically, dh, dd and I all eat like toddlers. We just snack every few hours all day. We always have lots of foods that she likes and we just offer her one or two whenever we think about it and sometimes she just goes to the fridge and asks for what she wants. Her staples are oatmeal with blueberries, steamed baby carrots, sweet potates, peas, cheese, yogurt, whole wheat crackers, rice cakes, bananas and other seasonal fruit. Oh and she loves bean burritos!!!
I would imagine that most of her night nursings are not for need of calories. I think it's so ingrained in her to nurse everytime she goes through a sleep cycle. The last couple of nights I've started trying to explain to her (while she nurses) about how we need to go to sleep and she can have milk again when she wakes up and on and on... and after a few minutes of that she rolled over and went to sleep with her back to me (maybe to shut me up?)
I really want to make sure I fulfill her needs, but sometimes it's really hard to tell the difference between and need and a habit. I think she's teething again now, so I'm not pushing her not to nurse.
Oh, and I just read 'raising your spirited child'. It's excellent. I will have to read it again in a few years because I'll probably forget most of the tips. Dh and I do alot of that kind of thing already out of necessity.
Well, guess I should bring this novel to an end. Sorry for hijacking the thread thistle.