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March 25 - Marie started her period today I cant believe it she is only nine This cannot be natural I have always noticed that her body developed faster than most of her friends but I never thought this would happen She is very confused At nine she is just starting to brush her hair without a fight she is still a little girl She doesnt understand why she is going through something that none of her peers are Marie is devastated and I need to find a way to help her March 26 - I let Marie stay home from school today She was to embarrassed to go and have to deal with it on her own We spent the day talking about how to handle this and still have a life without letting anyone know We talked about the dos and donts of menstruation and how it affects your mood She agreed with that She said that she feels so weird I am truly afraid for her I know it has to be hard I am going to make an appointment with the doctor tomorrow That way she can gain advise from someone other than her mother March 27 - We just got back from the doctor He mentioned a couple of things that may have contributed to her early puberty and a few other avenues that we can take qMarie is over-weight for her age group putting her at risk for early puberty The Case Against Baby Fat p 190 qOur family is African American and African American women tend to enter in to puberty earlier than other women Teens Before Their Time p 2 qThe fact that Marie developed earlier than her peers was a sign that this was coming earlier than planned Teens Before Their Time 1-2 qDoctors also suspect pesticides chemicals and hormones in food Teens Before Their Time 2 The doctor also advised
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