I have to say, my body and nature get along well.
As in, my body tends to just be generally healthy and predictable and well. I have regular periods, when I have them. When I try to get pregnant, I get pregnant. I try to breastfeed my kids, and they breastfeed. And breastfeed and breastfeed.
And so it goes with my postpartum period as well, it seems. Right now, as nature surely intends, such that I can continue focusing my parenting energy on my youngest nursling, I have not yet experienced the return of my period.
Chalk that up as another benefit of breastfeeding — the cheapest birth control imaginable.
However, what comes with that is a libido to match. That being, none. Chalk that up as one of the breastfeeding minuses.
Granted, neither of these are automatics with breastfeeding. Some women see their periods return after a few months no matter how much they are breastfeeding, and I’m sure some also are veritable hornballs through their time lactating. However… not me.
After Lane was born, I had an IUD inserted six weeks postpartum. Seems now that that was a rather redundant action. At least it bought me peace of mind. This time, I skipped such formalities with the inclination that they wouldn’t really be necessary.
This is not a bad thing. Even if we wanted to conceive again, I don’t see how we’d manage. Sure, we could slip in the occasional lovemaking, but really, I’m just looking at our current reality and laughing at the idea. Right now, Lane and Jake are running circles around the ottoman in our living room. Jake is giggling, and Lane is singing “Please Bring Honor To Us All” from Mulan, only it seems she doesn’t know any of the actual lyrics and is thus substituting gibberish. Frank is looking feverishly for the remote that I managed to misplace during the day. I know I used it… but I don’t know where it went after that. Unfortunately our two crazy, mobile, mischievous children present the possibility that neither of us adults could know where it ended up. If I were due to ovulate and this was the prime time for conception, I just don’t see how we’d make that window without giving the kids sedatives.
But that is totally OK, because I really have no inclination in the world to add another body to the mayhem at present. I have friends getting pregnant (a big shout-out and congrats to Amanda and Dave, Amanda of BFF notoriety, who will be greeting a baby around Labor Day… so apropos. Oh and if you ever get the chance, ask Amanda how to pronounce “apropos”.) and having babies (congrats Kim!) and trying to have babies and I honestly and absolutely have no desire whatsoever to join their ranks again right now.
Anyway, I should go help Frank find the remote. I think he’s getting D.T.s from missing the hockey game I know he wants to watch.