Just Wanted to Update this thread:
Daddy and Little Girl did just fine. The first night she had him up every hour saying "Mumma!" and "Muk!" and he gave her a sippy of water, and patted her back to sleep in the bed. The next night she slept in her crib until 5am! The last night she was up a few times, but not as many. In answer to Yellow's question, she drinks cow's milk during the day so it was just her being used to night nursing I was worried about. It all seemed to work out fine.
The only issue now is that since I have been back, she's become exceptionally clingy (and she was very much so to begin with) and if I'm in the house she has to be near me or on me. I'm hoping that this will just pass once she realizes I always come back and once we get back on my normal teaching schedule in the Fall.
Thanks for all your help and suggestions!
Wow, I haven't been on here since my little one was 9 months! Didn't know if we'd still be bf by 18 months, but she seems to be even more interested now than she was at one year. I don't mind (except for the crazy wiggles and twists involved with nursing a toddler). She usually wants to nurse to sleep after her bath. We co-sleep, and she usually starts out in her crib next to the bed and usually wakes between 1am and 3am to come into our bed and nurse back to sleep. Some nights I can get her back into her crib until between 4am and 6am but some nights she's there for the duration.
Next week I'll be gone for 4 days/3 nights at a conference, leaving my little one with my husband, who is a stay at home Dad. So they are very comfortable together (although she still does seem to prefer Momma...poor Daddy). But I am worried he'll have a tough time of it during the night, since she's so interested in nursing. He can usually get her to calm down and go back to sleep if I slip out of bed early in the morning, but I just want to try to make it as easy as possible for them while I'm gone. My goal was to let her self-wean, so I've been doing the don't offer, don't refuse strategy, but now that I'm home during the summer (I teach college), she seems to want to nurse whenever I'm sitting still, even if just for a few seconds. I'm wondering what the effect will be on her and me after this time apart.