Thanks Molly. Yes, Leo is in a crate near my bed. I tried putting my fingers thru the gate but he doesn't always calm down. I guess I haven't figured out if his whines are to relieve himself or just to get my attention. He has woken up 3x every night and only once to pee. If he cries after he has peed, then I know that one I can ignore.
In these first few days, you DO have to treat every call as if it might be a need to potty, because you just don't know. With time, you will learn his schedule better, and be able to make an educated guess. It is important that when you get up with him to potty, that you are ALL business. No talking, no cuddling, just a trip either outside or the pee pad, a gentle "go potty!" and if he doesn't go pretty quickly, right back to bed.
There IS another way, however. I have RA, and my sleep is very important. If I get overtired, I flare, which means pain, HAVING to rest, and more meds. So I just COULDN'T get up all the time with a puppy... Even for early morning potty calls, which usually meant the end of sleep. So we set our first boy, Kodi, up in an expen, with his crate attached. He had his potty in there, a water bottle, a couple of toys and a chew. That made him completely independent. We knew there was nothing he could need that he didn't have. In his case, he hadn't been waking me up unless he really needed to go, and this set-up meant he could take care of it himself. Instantly, he was going to bed at 10PM and letting me sleep until 7 in the morning... Which is what I needed.
I was very lucky with both of my girls. Both slept through LONG nights in their crates in our room from the very first night. OTOH, they had another dog (or two dogs) with them which Kodi didn't have. (In some ways, multiples are MUCH easier than the first!!!
Here's Kodi's "bedroom" when he was a puppy. The second is just 'cause he was so cute splayed on his back asleep.
Later, when he was about 2, Dave caved, and he got to come up and sleep in our bedroom. Though they still all sleep in crates at night, they get to cuddle on the bed while we are reading before lights-out.