Interstellar Adventures

September 10, 2007

Pretty Sure I’m Just Freaking Out A Little

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Mom Life — by InterstellarLass @ 11:08 pm

On Saturday Elle was getting ready for her three soccer games – indoor playoff, outdoor club, outdoor rec. I was in her room, lamenting it’s messiness, when she threw me a curve ball. She complained that her left breast area was bruised. I thought this was odd, but maybe she’d been hit with a ball in practice or something.

But when I took a closer look, I didn’t see any bruising. So I felt around her nipple and about fell over when I felt a lump. So I felt the other side. No lump. Me being me, I immediately panic on the inside, all while trying to act very normal, so as not to freak her out. Continue about your day as normal, everything is OK.

I spent more of the weekend obsessing over this issue. Also freaking out a little because I don’t have a pediatrician that we see regularly, and haven’t in some time. We have a family GP that is generally pretty good, and who I used for Zed’s first-ever sports physical just a few weeks ago. But with whatever this is, I decided that she needed to see a pediatrician.

And, further, to soothe my mind, I of course decided to Google ‘breast lumps in 8-year olds’. And I actually do feel better. Sort of. From several boards that I found, this is most likely a pre-pubescent breast bud. I hope to have this confirmed tomorrow morning.

But this leads to another worry. Prepubescent! I remember 1 girl in my 3rd grade class that actually had boobs. At least a B cup. But I didn’t get my girly bits until I was in 5th or 6th grade I think. I’ve heard about girls starting earlier, and in several boards, some commenters mentioned they started their periods at age 9! (Sidenote: Elle turns 9 in 12 days). At least by looking this up, if this is truly what the situation is, I’ve got lots of questions to ask.

This could also explain why Elle has been a wreck the last couple of months. She’s more emotional lately than ever, and cries at the drop of a hat. And I am so not ready for this! My baby. My little girl. She’s not ready for it either. She’s still such a tomboy. I’m sure we’ll get our money’s worth at the doctor’s office tomorrow.

How about any of you moms parents with girls? Is this normal? Am I over-reacting?

Update: Our visit to the doctor eased my mind a bit. Totally normal. This is seen in both boys and girls. Watch it, and it will probably go away. It is a little early for this to be buds, but if the other one starts to develop as well, don’t be alarmed. Mom freak-out can go back to guarded.


  1. U r not over-reacting – breast lumps need a check-up. We hope its just pre-pubescent… 🙂

    And trust me, u will never be ready for her turning into a girl 🙂

    I know it’s going to happen, I just wasn’t ready for it now!


    Comment by Nova — September 11, 2007 @ 12:53 am |Reply

  2. What’s this mom business? 🙂 My little girl turns 8 in a couple of weeks and we’ve never been closer. I don’t want her to grow up!

    Sorry. I stand corrected. I’m all about empowering dads, but it seems that when it comes to this kind of stuff, a lot of dad’s resemble ostriches. I remember my dad, at least two years after the fact, asked my mom when I started wearing a bra, like it was the first time it dawned on him.


    Comment by Barry — September 11, 2007 @ 7:28 am |Reply

  3. First, I love your new theme.

    Second, oy! Kids sure grow up fast!

    Thanks! And, yes, they do. I have fridge magnets of her annual soccer photos. Same jersey, but from Kindergarden to this year, you can see her mature, and the jersey seems to get smaller for some reason!


    Comment by Gypsy — September 11, 2007 @ 7:35 am |Reply

  4. Dang.

    Definitely check it out, try not to worry toooo much at this point.

    But I have a four year old, and dammit she’s not allowed to grow up any more, at least not for about ten years.

    I am SO not ready for “girly bits,” in any way, shape or form, and doubt I’ll be any more ready by the time she turns 12.

    I’ve tried to stop Elle from growing up. It didn’t work. I challenge you to try, but I think you’ll be disappointed that your efforts have no effect.


    Comment by ben — September 11, 2007 @ 7:42 am |Reply

  5. I don’t think you over-reacted at all! Hugs to you both…

    I’m pretty sure when it comes to your child’s health, there is no such thing as over-reacting. Due diligence is more what I think I was doing. Of course there was that brief panic and crying session in the bathroom. But I got it under control before anyone saw.


    Comment by Jen — September 11, 2007 @ 1:33 pm |Reply

  6. If you want her to stunt her growth, you might try giving her some cigarettes 🙂

    I’m relieved to hear everything is normal! *HUGS*

    Well, we give her lots of caffine too. She still seems to grow like a weed though.


    Comment by Bone — September 11, 2007 @ 4:04 pm |Reply

  7. Cysts?
    and maybe someone is just playing too much soccer in general

    Ahem. There Is.No.Such.Thing as ‘too much soccer’. 😀 We’re planning a professional career here. At least that’s our 8-year-old dream for now.


    Comment by Sparky Duck — September 11, 2007 @ 5:15 pm |Reply

  8. Oh God no, I would have totally freaked. You did the right thing, thank goodness it’s nothing. Ah, bring on the ugly mood swings and Aunt Flo. Hee hee, o.k. now I’m making fun.

    Comment by carnealian — September 11, 2007 @ 7:54 pm |Reply

  9. Glad it was normal. My girls are 11 and have raging hormones. The drama that happens is crazy!!!!

    They insisted on shaving their legs. That I put off for as long as I could. I finally gave in and now they shave their legs. One my girls had a fit because she did not have time to shave her legs and they were getting “furry”. Funny, but I warned them ~ once you start you can’t stop.

    Comment by nancy — September 12, 2007 @ 8:08 am |Reply

  10. I would so freak out about all of it to. Especially thinking about the breast cancer, but the prepubescent breast buds. Not fun. I’m glad everything is okay.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 13, 2007 @ 12:02 pm |Reply

  11. Yeesh, that would be scary-freaky. Glad to know it’s just a “normal” thing, and your mind is at ease. But yeah, kids are growing up faster these days than when we were budding!

    Comment by abbynormal — September 13, 2007 @ 4:36 pm |Reply

  12. Gosh – glad I stopped by. Having four daughters – two of whom are in various stages of puberty, I feel your pain. No 1 was very advanced in periods (started at 9) and little boobies. No 2 will get hers soon too – she is 11. Even no 3 is showing Wild Amazon woman tendencies at age 9. So yes… it comes up very quickly. We bought books that we ended up laughing at but it was definitely worth going over the stuff with them.

    Its frightening when the little girls become little ladies isn’t it? You just know that you can’t protect them as much as you want to anymore…

    Just wait till they start asking for freedom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tori — September 13, 2007 @ 7:50 pm |Reply

  13. Oh, I remember that, but I was almost 11. First ONE, then the other and they hurt like Hell. Yeah, they start younger nowadays I guess.

    Comment by annie — September 21, 2007 @ 4:37 pm |Reply

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