Yesterday, for the first time, there was a distinct and unmistakable six-inch difference between my bust as measured over the nipples, and the under-bust measurement. That is, 113cm versus 97cm, which converts to 6.3ins. That difference had been hovering around 5.9ins for a while, 'roughly six inches' to be sure, but not quite there, although of course well within the margin of error you can expect when using a tape, and doing it yourself.
But now the difference in measurements has taken a decisive step in the right direction. I thought that my breasts were getting a bit more noticeable.
Although still diminuitive, these breasts are entirely natural and self-grown. They are the right shape, have a certain weight to them, and they wobble about in an independent way. A purist would criticise them for looking too young and fresh on an old chest: by rights they should by now be dragged down by a lifetime fighting gravity, with stretch marks, perhaps a bit flat and empty, more like half-deflated party balloons than pert, thrusting upstarts. But I'm not going to listen to purists.
They're an achievement, and I'm proud of them. I am able to report that they feel tender on waking in the morning, and of course that's one sign that they are still likely to grow further. I've no idea what my mother's breast size was in her prime, and no sisters to confer with, so the ultimate measurements are a mystery. Not much larger, though, I suspect!
Mind you, with a 97cm (38.2in) chest to rest on, they will look odd if they grow too much.
That chest size is large for an ordinary woman, and leads to problems finding a bra to fit. I had been using an AA cup, and although an A is better nowadays, it's not easy sourcing 38A or 40A bras, because mature women with big chests usually have big boobs to match. It's a problem I share with obese teenage girls, who must be in despair over the lack of bras in shops to fit them - no wonder they resort to comfort eating! Marks & Spencer do carry a range of teen bras in these unusual sizes, but you'll not often see them in any of their stores. You have to go online, and then it's a bit hit or miss with the fit. However, that's how I've gradually amassed my collection of wearable bras.
It would be nice to develop a small chest and narrow shoulders, but legacy skeletal features that the hormones can't do much about, like ribs, stop the show. And if I lose a lot of weight, get a flat toned stomach, and slim those hips down, it might all look worse. To have an unmistakably female build, you've got to have more bulk below the navel than above it. And, ideally, a waist for arms to go round, and breasts that catch the eye at a thousand paces.