|I'm curious, how can they tell if you are close to ovulating or not?
I know the signs of ovulation (stafl just mentioned) but how could a medical professional know if you were "close to ovulating"? (I read this to mean a return of fertility, not actually that you are on day 12 or something of your cycle, swim?)
Anyway, the older your nursling is the more likely you are to ovulate before AF returns. If it is very important to you to catch that first cycle then you should start the routine in TCOYF (as mentioned by stafl). BUT, if you don't ovulate for another 4-5 months (or more) it's going to be a long boring wait!
As for the OPs specific situation. With DD, AF returned right before a year. With DS it was 25-26 months. Generally, AF take longer to return w/:
Increased maternal age.
Increased number of children.
People are all different when they do get it back. With both children they were nursing full time (no 6 hour span) throughout the day and night. I was ticked with DD because there was never a two hour span, much less a 6 hour span! DS I was just a bit disappointed because I thought three years AF free would be nice :LOL
Other than weaning, in women have had a long cessation of AF (which I don't consider 17 months to be, btw, I've known people to go past the childs 3rd birthday) I first encourage them to look at their weight--- sometimes 5 lbs on an underweight body can bump you into ovulation mode.