Efforts are being made to "train" my child to sleep through the night. I have come to realize that a cutoff has to begin when it comes to night feeding and cuddling. Mamma & Daddy need their sleep!
As of right now, Lucas still wakes after four hours of being asleep. But now, instead of rocking him back to sleep, I stand next to the bed and rub his back. I'm hoping the lack of picking him up will be the first step to success and I can move on to letting him cry himself back to sleep without any acknowledgment whatsoever. Eventually if he wakes, he'll just adjust himself and go back to sleep... without any emotional breakdowns.
Oh! It's very difficult and I've appreciated the moral support received from friends regarding what to do. It feels good to hear support and encouragement. I often doubt my ability to mother well and hearing other mothers stories makes it so much easier (thanks Steph!).