So nice to read this thread because it makes me feel right on track... but then I was hoping it would slow a bit in the near future... now I'm not counting on it.
dd is turning one April 19th and nurses almost anytime I offer. I wait until she really wants it which comes out to about every three hours *day and night*. I nurse her to sleep so if she needs it at nine and naptime is at 11, it will be two hours apart. If we are out having fun and keeping busy during the day, she's fine for 4 hours and can even stretch it to 5 but starts getting a bit crabby. There's no way she'll go five hours in the evening. Without crying, I mean. Solids are great, but she gravitates to dairy (cheese, yogurt)... I think, "sheesh, if its not my milk its cow milk!" I try to get in one meal with no milk so that her iron absorption isn't hindered (that's a problem that I'VE had so I'm just careful with her iron.) She was a really good eater but now she's determined to learn to use a spoon and a bowl by HERSELF so it seems she's eating less but learning more. She enjoys mealtime, but when she's done, she's done.
Sure look forward to a little less breast feeding, I must admit. I want to be able to go out at night without worrying so much about the fact that I've taken *her* milk away. She does sippy cups and spills a lot and never took a bottle, so I never got really good at pumping because what's the point? Offering water well before she's too thirsty can help me stall for a bit. I stall because I try to time naps with nursing because she almost always falls asleep when nursing. In fact that's what it really seems to be about most of the time, which is my own doing - it's just such an easy way to get a kid to take a nap!
She's never slept through the night... maybe five hours once when she was about 3 months... that's it. Ready to be done with that business.