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my first one used to do that. i don't think it's ever happened with our second, or at least not often, and not to the degree it used to happen with our first. i can remember some nights when it seemed interminable, and i think it went on for an hour or two sometimes. i think he was under 2 when most of this went on. it would seem as if he was relatively wired. he'd nurse, listen to books i read, roll off, play with toys in the nearby bed, come back to nurse some more, listen to more reading, roll off, switch sides, etc etc etc ad infinitum. now, in retrospect (my boys are 8 and 5 now; we tandem nursed just over 3 years), i think we may have been missing his "window" ... but i'll never know!
i've heard mary sheedy kurcinka, author of the book Sleepless in America (as well as Raising Your Spirited Child and Kids Parents & Power Struggles), talk on this subject, the window of opportunity when a child gives signals/signs/cues that s/he is sleepy. if you miss the window, they can keep going for a long time before they either collapse or hit another window...
the tricky thing is *anticipating* the window and being ready for it!
i'm sure all this varies from child to child.
hth! hang in there!
Mama to two amazing homeschooling boys born in 1999 and 2002