She's about 90 lbs, 5 foot 2, raised on organic dairy and produce, very little meat of any kind, maybe chicken once every two weeks, red meat every three weeks.
I've been thinking about this though, my dd is almost ten and just got her first bra. I know it's coming soon and we've talked about it. Off topic did you do something special to celebrate, for your child or when you were one? I was so embaressed that I didn't even tell my mom for several months. I want to do something for my dd so that she will not be ashamed or embaressed by it. Any ideas?
I had, for unknown reasons, a great deal of shame about it. I didn't tell a single person about it (not even my mom) and managed to ruin a lot of clothes trying to use only 1 maxi pad a day for 5 days. I kept all of my accidentally bloody clothing in a locked suitcase under my bed until my mom found it when I was 11-12. That was the longest secret I ever kept..
I still have no idea WHY, and I hope that there's a good comfortable way to discuss this with my future daughters so they don't feel any shame in telling me.
It really sucked because all my friends were bragging about starting, and I wanted to, too, but couldn't because I didn't want my mom to find out. She's never said anything to make me thing it's... shameful... so I don't know what it was. I guess we just weren't that close, for me to divulge that kind of information.
Anyone wanna do a psych work up? LOL.
ETA: I don't know if this is relevant, but for the first few months I only had brown blood, no red at all. It wasn't until I was almost 10 that it was red.
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I was skinny, not too tall, and not very curvy at all.
I have 4 girls, and have been feeding them organic dairy and meat for the last 4 years. Hopefully, this will curb the early bloomer syndrome that a lot of girls seem to be going through in this day and age. I firmly believe that the addition of growth hormones to conventionally produced dairy and meat contributes to the early menarche of girls. My 11 year old hasn't started yet, but I think she will soon. Hopefully my 7, 5, and 3 year olds will be in their teens as well. I would be seriously freaked out if any of them started at the age of 8 or so.
Only my older sister had her menarche late at 17 years of age. However, she had an eating disorder, so this may have had something to do with it. My paternal grandmother was also a late bloomer, so she also might have received those genes. In any case, it was problematic, because she had a late mental start into teenagehood as well, i.e. did not rebel or assert herself before her menarche which made the whole thing really strange and age-inappropriate. :
I did a huge report during my college years about this, and there is a lot of controversy. I wasn't overweight, but I was curvy and needed a bra at 10. My sisters, however, started their cycles around age 15 or so, and were not (and still are not) as curvy as me. I'm not obese, never have been, nor am I of the athletic/aerobic build (I'm more of a weightlifter than a runner).
My daughters are 14.5 and almost 12, and still haven't started. However, for the past 7 years I've been either pregnant or nursing, and they are homeschooled, so I do think that has a lot to do with it. My eldest is a swimmer, too, and super muscular, my almost-12yo is athletic but is catching up with her sister in the development dept. I fully expect that within a few months both girls will begin cycling with me (my baby is 20 mos old and my cycles are fully back).
My step dd is 15.5 and started years ago, but she grew up drinking milk and eating a ton of meat, whereas I didn't let my girls drink cow's milk until about a year ago, and even then they rarely want it. StepDd has a totally different body type and is not nearly as physically active as the other girls, so that is also (I believe) a factor.
I'm glad my girls didn't start at 10 like I did. Having DD breasts at 11 was incredibly difficult socially, and my cycles were so heavy I was constantly ruining pants at school, even with lots of protection. I don't know how many days I spent with my jacket tied around my waist, which is like a neon sign saying, "I just bled all over these jeans, thank-you-very-much. Feel free to point and laugh."
Hopefully, when my girls do start, they'll be ready and will have lighter cycles. I know swimmers, especially, are more likely to wait longer to cycle at all and to have lighter cycles (she swims 5-6 nights/week for 1.5 hours).
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My daughter is 12, and has the same sort of build as I do (I'm petite, but curvy/hippy), except she will end up being taller than I am, I think. She hasn't started yet ... I fully expect her to at any time. About 1/2 of her class at school has started.
I figure we will cycle at the same time eventually .... my poor DH:
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Anyhow, I was skinny-average I suppose, but I remember I was one of the first of my friends to start. This was in 1991.....