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OMG YAY! [Nov. 18th, 2009|03:22 pm]
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well, I might be speaking too soon, but I think we're back to normal. remember this post I made regarding my alternating ovualtory cycles and anovulatory/spotting cycles? well, I'm now on what should be my next anovulatory cycle, and so far no spotting. not only that, but I've got EWCM today! (this is exciting for two reasons, since I haven't even had any with my ovulations--just the white creamy kind). I'm on day 14/15 of the cycle (depending which day you count as the first day of my period--it started really late in the evening) so I'm expecting a thermal shift soon... hopefully.

I guess there's still time for it to swing back to the usual anovulatory pattern, but it doesn't look like it from here! saves me the trouble of trying to figure out what's going on, possibly getting checked out, etc.
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nearing the six month mark [Nov. 6th, 2009|01:32 pm]
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so my little girl is nearly six calendar months old...and definitely six months old by weeks...am i correct to assume that i am no longer infertile by the LAM guidelines?

i am tandem nursing her and her 27 month old brother...i had already returned to fertility by now after his birth (and gotten pregnant when he was 7 months old! a loss...but you get my point.) but i honestly have no signs of AF returning (besides these annoying mood swings, lol. but that might just be who i am. lol.)

anyways...what im asking is at six months do i need to just begin using some type of barrier method as charting/cycling isnt really an option until AF returns?

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Intro [Aug. 6th, 2009|10:33 pm]
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Hi! Just found this comm and thought I'd join in. I'm Angie, been married to Scott for almost 5 years. We used FAM to avoid for the first year we were married, and then charted to TTC. I have PCOS, so that ended up being a 3+ year ordeal, including fertility treatments and a m/c. We had decided to give TTC a rest for a while and save up money for another fertility treatment, and surprise, 4 months later I was pregnant. DD is now 7 weeks old.
We have decided to chart to avoid again, as I don't want to do any sort of hormonal BC due to our past problems. Not sure when we will TTC again... I think I'll want another in 2-3 years, DH thinks 1 is enough! Funny side note though... my mom has a premonition we'll have another fairly soon.... and she was right with her premonitions about both my and my sister's babies genders and labors, so DH  is panicking about what she said!
And a pic of my cutie pie!Collapse )
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link for breastfeeding LAM [Jul. 29th, 2009|05:24 pm]
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some useful information and perhaps a book or two to purchase...

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Spotting before period returns? [Jul. 27th, 2009|03:57 pm]
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I have a quick question to ask. I'm 8mo pp and have not had a period yet. Today, I had a bit of brownish spotting. Is this a sign of fertility returning? My friend thinks it could be implantation bleeding, even though I'm pretty sure I haven't ovulated. I haven't been charting religiously, but haven't noticed any change in CM in the last few weeks. I'm pretty sure I'm not pregnant, but just need to reassure my husband. And to decide whether or not to buy the test. Thanks!

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I did it! [Jul. 24th, 2009|11:12 am]
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remember this?? that was the 10th of july. 14 days ago. and yesterday I got my period! this means I successfully pinpointed ovulation, my first PP ovulation, without having had any period first. AND WITHOUT GETTING PREGNANT!!!!! this is all very exciting.
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I think I ovulated yesterday. [Jul. 10th, 2009|01:20 pm]
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lotsa CM for around 3 days, so I decided to check my cervix since I'm not temping, and it felt really open. today I'm pretty much dried up. I'll cross check by, um, either getting or not getting a period by around the 24th or so, and if I do, that will be a) the first one since having this baby 8 months ago, b) the longest I've gone without one post-baby before, and c) the first time I ovulated prior to having a period, post baby (in some cases, multiple anovulatory 'cycles' preceeded the return to fertility). bodies are weird.
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Hello There [Jun. 25th, 2009|10:38 am]
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your name and/or age?  Ol_whatshername age 30 (almost 31)
how old is/are your nursling/s? My little Suzie is 11 months (will be one on July 14th)
any other kids? Nope
new to fam/nfp?  I used FAM to get little Suzie!  ha ha ha
any signs of a cycle yet? I am getting ready to end my second full cycle
anything else? I had a cone biopsy on my cervix several years ago.  So I am considered to have a harder time conceiving as it damaged the glands that make cervical mucus.  And once pregnant I am considered ‘At Risk’ and am monitored heavily through the pregnancy.  I was very lucky that my first pregnancy happened quickly (first month TTC) and although I ended up having to stop exercising my little Suzie stayed put until the day after her Due Date with only one scare.  Now that she is going to be a year my husband and I plan on starting TTC at the start of next cycle as we wish our kids to be reasonably close in age.  K, that is it.  LOL

I copied and pasted so if my font size is weird sorry.
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resources? [Jun. 8th, 2009|12:42 pm]
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hi all.

im 4 weeks postpartum from having my third child...i am still experiencing small amounts of lochia/brown spotting...but today, i noticed that i felt pretty slippery...and when i checked my cervix, it was firm and closed, but there was a bit of very stretchy cm that was tinted w/ brown...

im curious. is lochia anything like ewcm? the reason i ask is that while i am ebf, and tandem nursing actually, the last two nights my daughter went about 6 hours w/o nursing...

i know that once night feedings drop off, fertility can return...i did make it to 18wks before i got ppaf with my son in 2007...but im wondering if a few nights of long spaced feedings will jump start an ovulation...

no other signs are present...

anyways. i suppose i need to read some more about LAM and wanted some resources...thanks!
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confused [Apr. 22nd, 2009|09:39 pm]
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[mood |confusedconfused]

I got my first PP period on 3.6, at 15 months PP.  My pre-baby cycles were usually 31 days, ovulating on day 16 or 17 with a 14 or 15 day LP.  On CD 16, I had some bleeding which was heavy enough for a panty liner for about 24 hours.  I've never had ovulatory bleeding before, but figured maybe that's what it was, and was super excited about getting back to "normal".   I am not temping because 1. my sleep is too unpredictable due to night time nursing, and 2. I have an IUD, so I'm not super worried about getting pregnant.  Until now.  I am now on CD 48.  I had negative HPTs on days 34 and 43; I've decided to just test weekly, because I don't know what the hell is going on, and I'm paranoid.  My cervix feels high and soft all the time.  I have days of wet CM/bordering on EWCM and then days of dry/creamy CM.  I have had to take a nap every day this week, but who knows what is causing exhaustion with a 16 month old who doesn't sleep well at night.  What is going on?  It's probably just a case of irregularity with the return of fertility, but it's starting to piss me off, because I really like being regular, and I'm getting annoyed.  I did leave work today feeling pretty nauseous, and have had a couple of aversions, and cramping, but this is probably all in my head, right?  I have the worst luck in the world, and have had 3 unintended pregnancies, so there is a little voice in my head taunting me that I am pregnant.  I don't want to be pregnant, but it wouldn't be the end of the world... I'm just rambling now.

Please, just tell me some BTDTs.  Tell me I'm nuts, and it just takes time to get back to normal.
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