Yesterday after swimming at the pool, the girls and I were showering. We were meeting a friend for curry and bollywood flicks. While in the shower, and yes we were all in there together- sans suits, Rhayn said "What is this?" Then proceeded to poke and pinch her left nipple. She had a small lump under the nipple area.
I replied that maybe she was most likely starting to develop breasts, because if I remember correctly that is what happens. But she is only eight. So of course this morning I have spent time researching breast development. Pretty much everything I read says that this is ok. These "breast buds" develop one at a time, then go away. Then the other side will have a lump, which will go away. But also that this is the start of puberty.
I am not ready for that. I am not ready for her to become a moody, preteen. I know it will happen eventually. I remember it pretty clearly, from when it happened to me, and when my sister went through it. Unpleasant times await me.
Most of what I read said that it is best to see a doctor about it, just in case it is something else. You know, because doctors are always right, and helpful.