Until today, I hadn’t had a period since mid-June 2008. That’s a long time. And it’s been rockin awesome. I’ve never been a big fan of the ol’ monthly, not since my first one (April 1, folks… no joke) in the 6th grade. The past week or so I’ve had some pain around my c-section scar and some morning nausea. I actually took two pregnancy tests within a week, because I was a wee bit worried I was pregnant and didn’t know it (SO not ready to be pregnant again). But, Sadie has been nursing less and less–I guess this is the whole baby-led weaning bit working in its own way–so it’s really not surprising that I’m seeing a return of my cycle.
There are a couple of things I want to do differently now that I’m on this side of having a baby. First, (those of you with squeamish sensitivities, skip ahead to the next paragraph) the thought of a tampon makes me want to die. I have no idea what the problem is, but when I contemplated it this morning I thought, I would rather die than put one of those in. Okay, then. So I got a Diva Cup today. Not the easiest thing so far–there’s definitely a learning curve, but so far it’s alright. At least my new revulsion has turned me on to something more eco-friendly. Bonus.
Second, I know I don’t want to go back on the pill. It makes me a-crazy. And it’s not free. But I don’t want to get knocked up accidentally, either. I’ve got some sort of app on my iPhone (figures, doesn’t it?) that might help me add up the days of my “mentalstreation.” I’ve heard about Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and I learned ALL ABOUT natural family planning in my senior year Religion Class. Does anybody else have other suggestions (other than prophylactics)?