sounds good socalimommy! i always start testing at 10 dpo.
here are my thoughts on what you've posted. first of all, i don't think 7 months ttc while nursing is outside the realm of normal at all. perfectly healthy couples without fertility problems can easily take 7+ months to ttc... sometimes things just don't line up right. add to that the fact that you're nursing, and of course it might take extra time. for me, soy isoflavones have really helped me in terms of ovulating each month and having clearer signs of ovulation. i'll put my soy shpiel below for gg. my DD is 19 months and nurses CONSTANTLY... as much as she did when she was 4 months old! before DD, i had short LPs, hardly any fertile CM, and sometimes anovulatory cycles. i was worried that ttc #2 would be hard, esp with her nursing so much, but my cycles are much better than i'd hoped & i think it's due at least in part to soy.
goldingoddess, welcome. and re: supplements, soy isoflavones are helpful for me, although i might nix them and try vitex or something else to help boost my O date up. here's the basic info if you or ammiga are interested:
a dose of soy for 5 straight days at the beginning of your cycle can stimulate ovulation. (avoid soy the rest of the cycle). like clomid, it binds to your estrogen receptors, which makes your body produce more follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which gets your ovaries going. the soulcysters forums have a lot of info on it. they recommend 80-120 mg CD 3-7 or CD 5-9.
i got mine at CVS (CVS brand soy menopause), 55 mg per tablet, and took 110 mg. i've been doing it CD5-9 but am gonna try CD3-7 to see if it helps me O even sooner... my cycle pre-soy i O'd CD33 and now i'm Oing CD25ish, but earlier than that would be so great! breastfeeding-friendly and helps stimulate O without all the crazy clomid side effects... not bad! i hear you aren't supposed to take it with vitex - though i haven't researched this myself. i may stop and try vitex if soy CD3-7 doesn't help bump up my O date, but in general it seems to have been positive for me. and two of my friends who tried it conceived with it, which has made me want to stay the course!