Boysrus - I seriously thought that I had written your original post. Except for the fact that my ds is 20 months old, this is exactly what is going on over here. It actually feels like things have gotten worse the past few months - it seems like it is harder and taking longer to get him back to sleep. I keep thinking that any day now he is going to sleep, but then he just wakes up again. I sometimes don't even want to go to bed, even when I'm soooo tired (like now), because I know that I will just end up nursing him back to sleep in the next 20 minutes, so I might as well get in some fun computer time until then.
We tried moving him to his own mattress in our room. I would lay on the little crib mattress with him and nurse him to sleep, but he would just keep waking right back up. After about 3 nights of this, I finally gave up and just took him back into our bed. We plan on trying it again soon.
I really don't want to nightwean, because I can't stand the crying, but it just might have to happen if something doesn't change soon. I swear I've developed a sleep disorder after almost 2 years of such erratic sleep. I love cosleeping, and EBF, and will do it again with the next child. But I am kind of counting on the fact that since I have done my time with the sleep fighter, the next baby will sleep better. This is the fantasy I choose to believe in. Of course, there may not be a next child if ds doesn't start sleeping better soon.
The only thing that keeps me somewhat sane is that dh gets up with him in the mornings. Dh leaves for work at 8:30, so if ds is up at 6:30 or 7, they get up, leave the room and shut the door. Dh takes him into the bathroom while he showers. Even though I'm only getting another 1-2 hours of sleep, it is the greatest sleep because I know I'm not going to get woken up, kicked, or have to nurse anyone. And on the weekends, I sleep until almost 10am! I sometimes feel bad that dh never ever gets to sleep in, but he sleeps more at night, so that's just the way it goes.
Anyway, I am still a cranky zombie most days, but at least I can function (pretty much) with my extra morning nap.
I am sending some magical sleep vibes your way.