(Another lovely text exchange I had with Jack…)
Yesterday I made Jack stand against the wall so I could measure him again. In one month he grew another half inch. He’s roughly 6 feet 1 inch, but I’ll have to confirm the exact height. This kid was always in the 100th percentile for height, weight and (sorry Jack) head size. Actually that one trended “off the charts”. Full of brains as I always say.
I started measuring Jack when he was about two. I put some marks way up on the wall (hidden in my walk-in closet) to denote where I thought Jack would be at certain times years from then. I picked a height somewhere close to my mid-chest height and wrote “cry”. Which meant, when he got that big I would certainly cry because he wouldn’t be a baby anymore.
I made marks to show how tall I thought Jack would be when he was 14, 15, 16, etc. Right now, he’s about a quarter inch below the “16 years old” mark. Boy did I underestimate the stretch factor in this kid! I also track what grade he’s in so we can see the growth pattern in a few different ways.
Check out the Growth Spurt Meltdown here when Jack was 5. :O
Now back to this story…
Jack: Why did you write “cry” here?
me: Because I knew I would be so sad when you got bigger than that.
Jack: Did you cry?
me: Not really… I don’t remember actually. (I probably did!)
Jack: Look, I grew only a half inch here, but two inches here.
me: I must have fed you well then. Growth spurts are sort of random it seems.
Jack: When we move we’re totally taking this wall with us.
me: Totally. Sawing it right out of the closet.
Jack: (looking at where I measured myself a few times for comparison) Look, you shrunk since the last time we measured you.
me: And… we’re done here.
Here’s another funny post about a growth spurt and Jack getting in trouble in school…Oy!
And this one about the backwards pants incident and what actually wasn’t a growth spurt, lol.
I’m not sure when the current growing will stop, but man, this is one tall kid. 🙂
And just for fun, a bonus post that talks all about Jack heading into 8th grade. Well, mostly I talk about my 8th grade experience, because I like to talk… and then eventually I get around to some of Jack’s 8th grade news. If you’ve made it this far … THANK YOU!