I have finally had to come to terms with something I've been avoiding for a while. I've written before about things that are bothering Corrina and problems we've been experiencing. It's time for me to accept the fact that my 7 year old is going through puberty and that this is most likely the underlying cause of everything that is going on with her.
What does this mean for us? She'll see her doctor sometime in the next couple weeks and determine if she needs to see a specialist. We need to make sure that there isn't a bigger medical issue causing it. Then what? I'm not sure. There are drugs to take that can slow down the process, but I'm not sure how comfortable I am with that. Is it my job to decide when her body is allowed to develop? However, it is my job to protect her and educate her. Educating isn't really the hard part. It's not that hard to talk to her about periods and body parts because she isn't old enough to find it amusing or embarrassing. The hard part is trying to figure out how to keep her from being singled out, being made an example of, and keeping her safe.
It's hard for me to look at her sometimes and remember that she is only 7, so I'm sure that it's difficult for others too. Her body is at least 3 years older than it should be.
Oh, my, and the emotions are out of this world. One minute she's fine, the next, no one understands her, the next, she hates everyone. Sometimes, it's hard for me to think of anything but how hard this is for me to deal with. I'm trying to keep things in perspective, though. This isn't happening to me. I can't even imagine how hard it is for her to deal with.
Hopefully, we can get some answers soon. I'm worried about how this will affect her in the long run. If this is happening now, what happens when she's older and is supposed to be going through this? She's always been tall, but will this affect her growth when she's older? For now, though, we're just trying to get through the day with as few tears as possible.