You have an Aunt Flow? Oh…wait a second…

stressed-outEeesh.

I had emailed Rugrat’s mom last week to try to get a sense of what to get her for Christmas. Rugrat is coming down to visit me over the holidays and I wanted to make sure that I did whatever I could to make her happy.

After getting a couple of suggestions and ideas, I was hit with a bombshell:

“Oh and I am not sure if I mentioned it to you or not but “aunt flow” has arrived for Rugrat…lol!!!!! Be prepared for that visit…and be afraid….be very afraid.”

Yeah…

Okay, so my soon-to-be-11-year-old is already getting ‘visits’. I know it’s physically possible and all, but I really wonder if she’s ready for this type of body development. Hell…am I ready for this??

I’m borderline ready to order something like this just because I have no idea what to expect. I haven’t really gone into much detailed discussion with her mom about what she’s been told yet, but I’m going to assume it hasn’t been very much yet. I mean…she’s only 10.

Then I read this quote from the website:

“Share essential information with your 9-12 year old about her first mentrual period and prepare her for the changes ahead.”

OMG…NINE????

I realize I need to calm down about this. I mean, I’m only going to have her for a week or so. But still…I haven’t the foggiest idea what to do if something happens. I don’t know what to say if she starts asking questions. I’m not sure how to react if her hormones already start raging out of control.

The answer to all this? RESEARCH!!

This is what I found from an AWESOME online article on the subject:

  • The first few months of menstruation are unpredictable. She may get some bleeding one month for a few days, and then WHO KNOWS when it will come again. The idea, though, is to be prepared (both me AND her).
  • There can be some pretty scary-looking stuff mixed in there. Blood clots are common and can sometimes be the size of quarters. They can also be very dark and solid, too. It’s important to know this because I don’t need to rush my daughter to the hospital unnecessarily.
  • To dispose of pads, just roll them up with the glue facing outward…then wrap it up in toilet paper. (Umm…GLUE??)
  • It’s typical for a teenage girl to have heavy “discharge”…so if I happen to get a “sunny-side up” view of her dirty underwear, I shouldn’t question her hygene habits.

So there it is. These are things a single dad should probably know if their pre-teen daughter starts getting her monthly visits. Believe me…I’m scared. I know it shouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s the next step towards womanhood for my little girl…and I never wanted that day to come, if I can be honest with you.

Is there anything else I should know? What if she asks questions? How can I make her feel more comfortable around me if this should happen?

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30 responses to “You have an Aunt Flow? Oh…wait a second…

  • mommasunshine

    I think the best thing that you can do is to project the idea that it’s “no big deal”. If you let her know that you’re freaked out, then that’s going to freak her out even more.

    And you know what? When in doubt, pick up the phone and let her talk to her mom if she needs to, because really, it’s not the kind of thing that most girls want to talk about with their dads, no matter how great they happen to be.

    Talk to her mom a little bit more and find out if she’s been “regular”, and what she’s been using in terms of hygiene products. It might be a good idea to have some in the house during her visit “just in case”.

  • Ashley

    Wow…..I’m a woman and I’m thinking that I’m glad I have a boy. I’m so not ready for that.

    But, I agree with Sunshine, just handle it like it’s no big deal and it’s completely normal. If you don’t have a heating pad, you might get one. When I was her age the cramps hurt SOOO bad. Or they make those Therma-care heating pads for women that stick to your abdomen and it’s far less noticeable but helps TREMENDOUSLY with the cramps and aches.

  • SueB.Ont.

    My youngest started at age 10, one week before school started back, that was scary. I agree with sunshine as well, it is normal and don’t make it a big deal. If you don’t have a heating pad a hot water bottle works just as well and make sure you have some kind of tylenol or asprins for the cramps as well, talk to a pharmacist, they’ll suggest something for her age. Stock up on pads because they use alot even if they don’t really need to, better to be safe then sorry., the last thing she’ll want to do is go shopping for those, especially with her dad .And last but not least, relax, everything will be just fine for both of you :)

  • Tishia Lee

    Reading this made me realize I’m really glad I have a boy and don’t have to deal with this. LOL Sunshine had some awesome ideas of things you should do.

  • QTMama

    Okay if you buy that kit? I’m going to drive to where you live and kick your ass.

    SERIOUSLY.

    Can we say, overreacting? LOL You’re so FUNNY, CBG. Seriously.

  • Canadian Bald Guy

    Jeez…I leave comments open and all of a sudden it’s open season on CBG.

    Nice…lol.

  • QTMama

    Look, look at THIS part:

    “What if she asks questions? How can I make her feel more comfortable around me if this should happen?”

    Yeah, cuz that is what young girls do, they go immediately and ask their DAD questions about bleeding from the vag. *LAUGH*

    Oh CBG, I do heart you but this, this has me laughing my ass off over here. Ahhhhhhh, dude. This is so fabulous.

  • Random Esquire

    Okay, so, let me tell you how I got here.

    One QTMama IM’d me and said, “GO READ THIS.”

    She’s laughing her butt off.

    I read it and she insists I go make fun of you.

    I have no idea how to make fun of you for this.

    Except one really, really awesomely horrible thing came to mind. Here is how that conversation went in IM.

    Randomesq: Would it be TOTALLY WRONG for me to say:

    “WOW! She can have babies now!”

    Because I so want to.

    QTMama: YES YES IT WOULD.

    So I’m not gonna say it.

    -R.

  • QTMama

    HEHEHEHEHEHEHE

    This is so great. I just can’t stop. I’m sorry CaNook. YOU KNOW I LOVE ME SOME YOU,

    But this? This is so … just … SO INNOCENT AND FABULOUS!!

  • Momma Sunshine

    Camping? Who’s going to take her camping? Surely not YOU, Mr. Metro.

    hee

    And for the record, I’m with QT. You are the last person on the planet she wants to talk to about ANY of this. So I think you’re probably in the clear. Just make sure you’ve got some…you know…supplies in the house when she comes to visit. Just in case. ;)

  • T

    How the hell did I miss this? Wow. This is better than TV.

    *grabs popcorn and sits back in her chair*

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  • Caperucita

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed but…

    “To dispose of pads, just roll them up with the glue facing outward…then wrap it up in toilet paper. (Umm…GLUE??)”

    I just about died a little bit laughing at the glue thing… QT was right, this was SO worth the read!

    *Thumbs Up*

  • Jane Wonder

    Dear CBG,

    We laugh because this is hilarious. Also, if you buy that kit your little girl will disown you.

    Love,
    Jane

    PS – Call her mother if you have any questions. But yeah, that girl doesn’t want to talk to you about it.

    PPS – Stock your house with whatever feminine hygiene products she uses. Put them somewhere where she can’t help but see them. And never ever mention it to her. When she leaves, replenish anything that was used.

  • Canadian Bald Guy

    C’mon…I certainly can’t be the only single dad of a young daughter who has NO F*CKING CLUE when it comes to dealing with her period for the first time.

    And why do these websites that I ‘researched’ suck so bad?? These answers obviously suck ass…I feel more lost now than I was before.

    OMG…what will I do if I see a used pad??

    I’m so f*cked.

    Bah…….

    • randomesq

      I feel like I’m missing something.

      You’re not *really* that bothered by this, are you?

      I have a biology degree and have worked in a pregnancy clinic, so it is possible that I’m taking for granted that you know what’s going on and that it isn’t all that big of a deal. I do remember being in college and a group of us making fun of a guy who didn’t realize that tampon were inserted. heh.

      If you see a used pad? You see a used pad. It looks like blood. On a pad. That’s it. (Are you squeamish about blood?) I guess if you’re really worried, just stock the bottom of your bathroom cupboard with some small bags or make it really easy for her to dispose of stuff while you turn a blind eye.

      You say you don’t know what to expect or how to deal with it – but I don’t think you have to expect anything or deal with anything Ask her mom about what to put in the bathroom or ask her to pack some things for your daughter to leave in the bathroom. Maybe give her her own private pull out thing in the bathroom (my ex bought plastic containers that pulled out like a drawer for under the sink). She might just appreciate knowing that she doesn’t have to talk to you about it. Frankly, she might just be concerned that this is a big deal to you and she probably doesn’t want it to be.

      It’s a shame she doesn’t know how much this is wrecking you because it’d be sort of awesome if she fucked with your head a little.

      I was going to say it’d be funny if she acted like Juno a little and messed with you – but really? Probably not the best example. :P

      -R.

    • mommasunshine

      I remember all too well what it’s like to be an 11 year old girl with her period. You will NOT see a used a pad. That girl is going to wrap them up in toilet paper and hide them at the bottom of the garbage can to make sure that you NEVER, EVER see them.

      Seriously.

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