I am not sure if my post belongs here or in the "Weaning" part of the forum, but here goes.
DD is 18 months old and still nurses a lot. I nurse her at least 2-3 times during the day (on demand, haven't been able to really establish a routine there), once at bedtime, once in the middle of the night/early morning (typically around 3:00 am) and then she stays latched on for *hours* from around 5:30 or 6:00 am until we get up for the day, usually after 9:00 am (DH and I are Night Owls, so DD goes to sleep typically at/around 9:30 or 10:00 pm). Day and night I am a human pacifier.
About 2 months ago I felt "different" (I can't remember exactly what it was that made me pause, but suffice it to say that I felt some activity in my left ovary) and I was inspired to test with OPK's. To my surprise and saw a very clear positive and a surge. After that I had a lot of ovulatory pain, my temperature rose as it should (I temped) and 10 days later (a bit early based on my normal LP) I had my first PP period. But since then, nothing. Or rather, every couple of weeks I get all the symptoms of pre-ovulation, pain in my ovaries, positive OPK's, ferning on my saliva ovulation predictor and a "PEAK" indicator on my fancy schmancy fertility monitor (yes, I have all the technology given our history of m/s and difficulty conceiving). My body is acting like it is ovulating, but I NEVER see a temp rise and I haven't seen a period since. It's very frustrating.
If I was younger and had more time on the biological clock I'd be very happy to be this successful using LAM as contraception, but I really would like to see my periods come back. I am 36 y.o. and DH and I would very much want to have at least one more baby (and I would *LOVE* to have 3 kids, but can't be too greedy). We were lucky to have DD at all. I had 2 miscarriages before DD was born and it took us a while to get pregnant. DH is Type II Diabetic, and... well, let's just say that TTC is not an easy thing for us. Also, I wonder if it's normal to feel this way, to surge and surge and not ovulate? It's like my body steps on the gas, but nothing happens. Anyone else with a similar experience? I am wondering whether this is typical or is there something else hormonal going on that is preventing me from ovulating. Any suggestions on what I could do to get my periods back, short of weaning DD? I really don't want to wean DD right now (yet). She has many food sensitivities and neither one of us is ready. I was really hoping to tandem nurse, but there will be none of that if this continues.
I would love to hear from others who have had a similar experience or anyone with a suggestion.