Puberty Revisited

30 is the new 15, apparently. At least as far as acne is concerned. In fact, I think there are more pimples covering my face right now than ever before in my life. I’m not sure if this is just an age thing, or something else I can blame as an after effect of growing 3 children within 7 years. I mean, I blame everything else on pregnancy, might as well blame this, too. A constant, 50 pound heavier beer gut: PREGNANCY! Crazy rollercoaster moodswings: PREGNANCY! Weird things happening to my hair: PREGNANCY! Mt. Vesuvius-size zits: PREGNANCY! Stubbed toe: PREGNANCY! I know I haven’t been pregnant for almost 18 months, but still: PREGNANCY!

I even have zits on my neck, for crying out loud.

The smattering on my face are another story, but unless I wear a turtleneck 24/7 the protruding beast taking over my neck is tougher to cover up. Buzz, ever the kind soul, noticed this at its first sign of bright red eruption.

“Boo-boo!”, he exclaimed, brow furrowed, pointing even for good measure.

“No, not a boo-boo.”, I sighed in self-conscious reassurance.

He didn’t want to take no for an answer, though, and kept on. “Boo-boo! Boo-boo! Boo-boo!” Really, kid. It was like a taunt at this point. It’s not good for one’s already fragile self-confidence to feel like they’re being judged by a little boy who picks his nose.

“No, Buzz, not a boo-boo. It’s a pimple. You’ll learn all about them in about 10 years, OK?” Then, if you’re anything like me, you’ll wonder what the hell is going on when they show up in force another 17 years after that. But thank you very much for noticing.


  1. says

    Hi there! I feel your pain. A friend of mine who is an esthetician (spelling please?) said that as you get older your breakouts move down your face. Nice right? Mine are always on my jaw and chin. Are you still nursing though? If so, I always had bad breakouts after about the one year mark. I have not been pregnant for more than 2 1/2 years and I still blame EVERYTHING on having a baby and breastfeeding! Nad if it makes you feel any better, whenver my lumpy stretch marked stomach is exposed my son comes over to SMACK it and says ” Mama you have a big belly. It’s soft.” Thanks sweet boy…really.


    From: C. (Kid Things)
    on January 15th, 2010

    @Tina, I am still nursing. See, I knew it was pregnancy’s fault! At least in a round-about way.

    My son likes to smack my belly, too. And push it, and watch it jiggle. Sigh.


  2. says

    I’m breaking out like a teenager lately (and just read Tina’s comment above — I wonder if it’s due to nursing?)
    And my son loves to point out the zits. “Boo-boo, boo-boo, owwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!” Thanks, peanut. Glad you pointed that out, I wasn’t aware of the massive blemish on my chin.
    .-= Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama´s latest blog post: Butternut Squash Bread =-.


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