RE: I haven't slept a full night in a year!
Totally feel your pain. I haven't had a full nights sleep since summer of 05, even though dd started sleeping through the night at 10.5 months. Nowadays it's mostly because my preggo self has to go pee 3 times a night.
For us, we decided to start with cutting out the earliest of 2-3 night feedings because it was really stressing me out and making my own sleep problems worse. We decided I wouldn't nurse her before 2. Dh had to be on board because it became his job to take turns with me going in every 15 minutes or so and patting her down, offering her water, telling her it was time to sleep. The first night was hard because we've never gone in to just comfort then leave. We usually don't go in at all because otherwise she gets madder. Anyway, she really howled! But I think it was about an hour at the longest before she went back to sleep, and didn't wake till 3! The upshot was besides eliminating the 1st feeding she started waking later and later until one day she didn't wake til 7, which is her normal up for the day waketime. AFter that I refused to go backwards, and all told it was a total of 2 weeks before I could say she was sleeping through the night. Another part of this story is that before she was hardly eating any solids, and once she started skipping night feedings she was eating MUCH more, esp. at dinner.
When dd was little I was thinking I'd be happy to nurse her at night until one year. But the sleep deprivation was just too much for me, and I don't "go to work!" 10 months was when I decided I had enough.
Finally, I should add the caveat that once Dora became a "great sleeper" she started waking again at abround 14 months. It sounds like every few weeks she has a bad dream or something, and wakes up howling. One of us has to go in and pat her down, and stay there until she calms down and drifts off. DH will lie down on the floor with her. I tend to keep her in the crib. Then we sneak out later. This method only seems to work if she wakes earlier, not too close (like an hour) before she would normally get up for the day. But as annoying as this is, I take it any day over what was going on just a few months back.
"Mommy, I need to put on my goggles, because I have too much energy."