Ack, away from the computer for a day and so much news stuff going on! I'm so sorry to hear that so many had an unwelcome visit from AF. On the other hand, what an awesome group of gals we've got here...veterinarians, musicians, thoughtful mamas, foster mamas...I am impressed with us!
So, I got my blood test results yesterday - good news and bad news. The good news is, I am probably completely fine and healthy and just have to wait it out until my body returns to fertility. The bad news is, I am apparently nature's wetnurse and that may take a while. Almost 10 weeks after complete weaning, my prolactin level is over double the "high" cutoff. My doctor thinks it is extremely unlikely that I'd ovulate in the coming month with levels this high, and there is essentially nothing to do but wait. There is a drug that blocks prolactin, which I may be prescribed in 2 months if my prolactin is still so elevated, but dr. feels that it will resolve on its own. He seems to expect that I will return to fertility within the next 2 months. I asked whether prolactin drops at a steady rate (like 5 ng/ml per week or something like that), and he said it doesn't exactly work that way. It's more like there's a threshold and once I reach it, I will probably see a relatively immediate return to ovulation. But, probably not this month.
So, in the meantime I am temping, checking cm & cp, and trying not to be totally impatient. In the greater scheme of things this is fine. Not what I expected and I'm frustrated that no one at the ob/gyn ever thought to tell me, "You know, if you want to get pregnant again, you may be in that small minority that has to wean, and even then it could well be 6 months." Honestly I would have done things differently. I am already having guilt about the fact that I won't be able to nurse future kiddos as long as I did DS. Is that ridiculous?
I do feel like my body is doing something lately - after years of a dry "basic infertile pattern" (as per tcoyf) while breastfeeding, I am having lots more cm and plenty of tantalizing twinges. At least now I know not to really expect that to mean anything until January or so.
And even though this is a novel already, I just have to add - re: names - Sourire, we have a similar situation! That made it pretty easy for us because there are only a handful of names that would even work. I do hear your husband and the whole having to spell your name out all the time issue. My name is common and classical in my native country but in the States...not so much. My DS's name is common and classical in both. :) And beautiful, of course, or I wouldn't have given it! I love both Matteo and Lilliana. I also have lots of Augusts in my family tree, Central Europe in the 19th century. I love that one too. June and April are nice names, why not August? I do understand the DH though, sometimes it's hard to get past the "plain sense" of a word.
Originally Posted by Sourire
Our criteria for a name is to have one that can be pronounced easily in French, English and Italian (DH is italian, we live in the french part of Canada, and we speak English at home)! I am still upset that my parents named me Heidi which is soooooo hard to pronounce/spell for french people and I am half french so I have a lot of trouble with my name! So far we have been able to agree on Liliana for a girl... that is DH's grandmother's name, he lived with her for 10 years and I also lived with her and DH for a year. She passed away shortly after DH and I got our own place, she was the sweetest person ever.
We are having more trouble with the boys names, and I am convinced I am going to have a boy first! My favourite is Matteo/Mateo... DH is hesitant on that one because however we decide to spell it, half the people our little boy encounters in his life will get the # of T's wrong and DH is very sensitive about that because his name is Philippe and he has spent his whole life correcting people on the # of L's and P's in his name and it drives him nuts! However I love this name and we could call him Matt for short so maybe I will convince DH eventually! I like to point out to DH that the name Liliana can have the same issues (Lilliana, Lilianna, Lillianna, Lilyanna, etc) but we are definitely going to use that one if we have a girl.