and started her first period this morning! I don't know who was more surprised, her or me. I was really, really hoping it wouldn't come for at least another year... she just turned 11 in May. She's dealing with it pretty well, but it's still clearly awkward for her. To add to her stress about it, my in-laws walked in the house while she and I were in the bathroom discussing supplies! She said to me "what great timing!" Now I'm wondering how much time is left before her growth rate tops out. My understanding is that once menses start the growth plates begin to harden. Anyone know much about this? I seem to remember having about a year or two before I stopped growing after I started getting my periods... but I was nearly 13 when mine started.