Re: We made it! Now what??
Congratulations on making it to a year!
Nursing past 1 is, in my experience, a huge amount of fun. Pretty soon you'll probably be nursing stuffed animals and toy cars and your child will start talking about nursing and saying super-cute things.
How nursing changes with time is as individual as your child. She may increase her sessions at times, and then drop back to a low level. If your goal is to nurse for as long as possible, don't be afraid to offer the breast whenever you feel like it.
Baby-led weaning is a process that can take several years. Basically, you follow the child's lead: if she asks to nurse, you nurse her. If she doesn't ask, you don't. As time goes on, your child will ask less and less. She'll get more and more involved with playing and toys and solid foods, and less interested in nursing. Eventually you'll realize that you've gone several days without nursing, and then several weeks, and the weaning process will be complete, with no tears and no struggle. But if you decide to go with baby-led weaning, be prepared to nurse for several more years- while some babies self-wean early, many continue to nurse until age 3 or 4, and some will even go beyond that.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"