Oh, Paige. Thank you so much for sharing. I know I benefit greatly from your perspective and struggles. As pp said, it make me cherish what I have, esp. when I start to get frustrated with night nursing a 21 month old.
I'm sure you and D will continue to redevelop your bond! As you know I weaned my DS at about 6 months (and I had no good reason!) but he and I are still wonderfully bonded. I know it isn't the same, but I know things we did that helped our bond were having a special book, a special song, and daily routines that expressed our love and special relationship.