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It's kind of funny. I am not sure if this is a first time mom thing, or an older mom thing (I had my first at 30), but I went thru it too. As soon as my 1st dd turned 1 yo, I wanted to get pg again. I got my period back on her birthday! It took me 8 mos to get pg with #1. It took me 6 mos to get pg with #2. Well, I was not happy with how long it took me to conceive each time, but I am so grateful Mother Nature was looking out for me! #2 was/ is so spirited, I was in hindsight grateful I had the longer gap (27 mos) between the 2, than only 21 mos if I'd gotten pg again right away.
I nursed her more at night and didn't get my cycle back again until 18 mos pp. But we waited a while to ttc. She was all we could handle! Next time, we got pg on the first try, we weren't charting or really planning, b/c we figured it would take mos again, but we were in no hurry! Ironically, we got pg right away! Still this time we had a 40 month gap (3 yrs, 4 mos), and it was kinda hairy, but much better than the 27 mo gap.
JMO, but I think it is better not to rush things.
BTW, in cultures where the only bc is EBF, there is an average of 2 yrs between siblings. No thermometers there either. It is unusal, but not unheard of, to ovulate before your first period. 95% of the time, you get an anovulatory period first.
Also BTW, I nursed #3 even more at night and did not get my cycle back until fully 2 yrs pp!