Friday, January 6, 2012

Puberty and Shopping

GB sat me down for a heart to heart talk over the weekend.

GB: Mom, you know I am growing up, right?

Me: I know that. You can do a lot of things now that you couldn't do before.

GB: That's not what I mean. I mean my body is growing up.

Me: Oh.

GB: I am getting hair down there. (pointing)

Me: That's called pubic hair.

GB: I have hair in my armpits now. I have real breasts growing.

Me: You are growing up.

GB: I NEED real bras.

So GB and I went "real" bra shopping. We went to Penney's and had her measured and fitted. She was a 32A. I remember getting my first bra at thirteen and it was a 32AAA. GB is not nine yet. We bought 7 bras- some white, some tan and three with bright patterns.

On the way home, GB and I discussed the etiquette of wearing a bra, mostly along the lines of if you are old enough to need to wear one, you are old enough not to tell or show people. As we had this conversation, I was wondering how many times I would have to repeat it. This is a child who won't let anyone walk in on her getting dressed, but thinks nothing of walking nude around the house, looking for a particular item of clothing. She still thinks bathroom humor is hysterical. Developmentally, she is somewhere around 5, heading for 6.

I am not ready for puberty yet.


Last Mom said...

I'm not ready yet either and my girl is 11. How cool that GB knows she can talk to you about these things, though!

Acceptance with Joy said...

Oh my! I need Missy to wait till she's 16. :-)

"Lil Ol' Me" said...

A was abt 8 when she started with pubic hair and bras. It was another 18 months before she hit the next stage. Right before her 11 th bd.

What a sweet girl!! Hopefully, she will be able to remember to be modest and not flash them.

Jackie said...

GB handled herself beautifully - you too, mom. What a lovely young lady - but, oh my, eight??? Not fair!

marythemom said...

Trauma often triggers early puberty, I didn't know my adopted daughter until she was 11, but she already had hair and breast "buds." For both my girls we started with sports bras since they were still growing (both ended up with at least D cups!).

What a sweet moment with GB!



Penelope {Foster2Forever} said...

Oh boy! The things I'm in for in about 10 years...