Friday, July 29, 2011

Raising a Giant

I took my son to the doctor this week for his yearly sports physical.  After his height and weight were measured, we found out that he is still in the 99th percentile for his height.  He has steadily kept this growth curve since birth and has never veered from it so I wasn't really surprised.  But what DID shock me was what I found out next.
The doctor told me that if he stays on this curve until maturity, they estimate that he will be 6 foot 6 inches tall!!!

I nearly swallowed my gum.  I just couldn't believe it. I walked out of that office in a complete daze.  The only thing I could see were dollar signs.

How much does it cost to feed a young giant? The boy eats non-stop already and I'm pretty sure he has a hollow leg because despite my best efforts, he doesn't have an ounce of fat on him. His weight is in the 73rd percentile yet I can see every rib on his body. The food must go directly to bone growth.

Whether he reaches that vast height or not, one thing's for certain, he's only got 7 inches to grow before he's taller than his momma and he's not even ten years old yet.

Some people stock up the pantry for hard times or the economic collapse of the country.  I'm going to start stocking up for my son's next growth spurt.  It's the only way to prepare for the massive devastation that could be coming to my wallet.

Raising a gentle giant,


Side note: We've never signed our boy up for basketball because we have a gravel driveway and nowhere for him to practice dribbling.  Now I'm starting to think this may have been a bad move on our part. LOL!


  1. Sounds exactly like our youngest son. By the way, they told my mom my brother would be 6'4." They were right for a little while. He ended up being 6'8!" He wears a cowboy hat and boots, so imagine how tall he looks. And yes, at 38 years old he still eats 5 quarter pounders from McDonalds with fries and a drink.

  2. I have a couple grandsons who were always short for their age. All of a sudden their senior year they shot up and are now over 6 foot tall. The youger of the two was so short and young looking when he started driving he was pulled over by the police because they thought he was only around 10 or 11 and had probably taken his parents car to go on a joy ride.


  3. This is funny to me! My husband is 6'6". My Children are all very tall already. My 7 year old is always thought to be 10 or older. My boys, age 4 and 5, are always thought to be 3 years older as well. And my 1 year old is the height of most 3 year olds. Food seems to be the issue around here, too, for they all graze! ;) However, I am wondering how long it will be before they pass me in height and I am gonna have to say, "I am still your Momma!" giggle