The First Period Experience

IMG_9004.JPGThe next piece about the menstrual experience will be focusing on the first period I had. The day that my body decided it was time to transition from childhood to adulthood. I remember the details and the day exactly as it was my sister’s 10th birthday. I remember the doctor telling me the week before that I would most likely not get my first period until summer. Well, my sister’s birthday is in February, so I was a little taken off guard when I got it. So, here is the story.

IMG_7251.JPGI woke up the morning on a cold February day in 2002. I had a weird feeling in my stomach and didn’t feel like eating breakfast, but I ate anyway and felt better. My dad dropped me off at a friends house to catch the bus. The rest of the morning I was feeling odd and sick. I didn’t know what was going on at the time.

It was not until I was heading to gym class and used the bathroom. There it was all over my purple Limited Two underwear. My period! I had looked at it confused and thought is this my period. But, then I thought back to my annual physical where my doctor had told me that I would most likely get my period in the summer.

IMG_9518.JPGThe rest of the day I sat through my classes wondering if this was my period or something else. I knew what a period was, but I honestly thought it would come in a few months. I remember my mom telling me you will have your period when your body is ready. The rest of the day was like a blur until the day had ended.

My mom is a school teacher, so at the end of the day the bus driver dropped me off there. Feeling a little sick and uneasy I went to my mom who was talking with another teacher. I asked her to step aside and told her I thought I had received my first period. When I showed her my period she told me it was really my period.

IMG_9617.JPGA sense of relief had broken over me as I was expecting mother nature to make her first appearance in June, not February. I felt happy and sad at the same time. I felt embarrassed that this had happened. I didn’t tell anyone else except my mom that I had menstruated for the first time.

That night I went home to celebrate my sister’s birthday with my family. I went to bed after taking Advil for cramps (which were the small stomach aches) with my period for the first time.

The Reason to “Period” Blog

img_8475Here it is, my first post about the menstrual experience. There is a reason that i am doing this to write about my period. There are many woman, including myself, who have experienced a sense of period shaming at one point or another.

A couple of months ago I was out shopping and noticed two men snickering and laughing at a woman who was buying tampons. I do not know if she noticed them, but I sure did. In the past, when I have been out shopping for tampons and pads I have experienced the stares, glares, and laughter from others. This does not happen all the time, but there tends to be a stigma surrounding woman when they are spotted buying something for a “problem” that is completely natural.

IMG_9603.JPGYes, that is right a problem. There are parts of the world where a period is viewed as a problem. I had a friend who had worked overseas in Uganda where young girls stayed home while they were menstruating. There are countries in Asia, like Indonesia and Taiwan where women are recommended to go on an unpaid medical leave. Imagine being told you can’t come to work for a full week because of something completely natural.

A period is a sign of womanhood. It is something that cannot be controlled. There tends to be a stigma that comes down to women and their period. In television shows there are jokes when a period is mentioned by name and tiptoeing around when in dialogue to avoid saying it. Ultimately, the “problem” that happens once a month for women should be accepted, not mocked and/or shamed.

Three Kings Day

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January 6th is the twelfth and final day of Christmas. On this day the Three Wise Men reached the manger where Jesus lay with Mary and Joseph. Today is the day of the Epiphany! A day for rejoicing as the three gifts were given to the Son of God and the Prince of Peace.

Being a Mermaid

IMG_1496.jpgWinter is a very cold season for us all. It leads to us staying inside not wanting to leave the house because of the snow and ice. There are many who don’t get fresh air and choose to binge watch Netflix and HBO. Ultimately, winter is a season that, for me, can be depressing.

A new way I found to be warm and feel better during this cold season is using a new mermaid blanket. When I put this blanket on I forget some of the problems I had. There are fins for both my feet in this pink sparkly blanket.

IMG_1495.jpgI know it sounds like playing dress up, but I recently just got the mermaid blanket. The warmth and joy it provides during this dreary season is something that I love. It puts a smile on my face even though I am just pretending to be something I am not. It sounds like dress up, but when you can’t go outside and Netflix or HBO doesn’t cooperate with you becoming a mermaid, for me, is the perfect fit.

Cheers to 2019

IMG_9466.JPGA couple of days ago a new year started. Many people are going out there claiming new year new me. They are making resolutions about losing weight, making new friends and learning new skills. For me I don’t have really a resolution for 2019. I don’t view a new year as a new start to anything. But, I do plan on making changes and switching things up a bit with my blog.

Something new I am planning on blogging about is my period. Over the last couple of years I have heard about period shaming around the world. There are countries like Nepal and India where women are encouraged, sometimes forced, to leave their home for the duration of their menstrual cycle. There are stories of girls as young as twelve being sexually assaulted as they are being forced to sleep out in the open away from the comfort of their home. A friend of mine introduced to me to this problem world wide telling me that she was brought to tears by their stories. There is no reason for a woman to be shamed because her body is doing something completely natural.

I do hope to do some blogging more as in 2018 I took some time away. This year I hope to reconnect and expand on my blog through commenting and taking the courses offered by WordPress. Cheers to 2019! Hopefully, it is a great one for all.

New Year’s Eve

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Out with the old and in with the new as a whole new year starts. I hope you all stay safe tonight. I will be staying home to watch the ball drop at midnight.