It’s hard not to harp on the fact that these kids are growing. And they won’t stop anytime soon. Also, so is our grocery budget! Because man these girls must be growing by the second…they can eat.
Of course, it makes me happy to see them growing and changing and developing into their own little person and personality. Yes, those personalities drives me crazy, but it’s honestly the things that are most like me that drive me the battiest. (Yes, I’m admitting that. But, one day, should the kids find those words and use them against me, well, I might have to find the delete button, quickly.) They really are pretty awesome kids and the thought of them continuing to develop and see who they will be is a little exciting.
But, it also makes me want to put a book on their heads. It might be too late for the oldest three, but I can do it for B, right?
When the doctor told me that kids tend to double their 2 year-old height in adulthood, I sort of laughed it off. So far, they’ve all been right around 36 inches. And, if my math is correct, that means they will be around 6 feet tall when they are done growing. So, yep, they will be taller than me. I’ll be okay with it one day, right?
Previously, they would measure how tall they are by parts of my body. “Mommy, I’m up to your waist.” “Mommy, I’m up to your belly button.” “Mommy, I’m up to your ribs.” And, my favorite “Mommy, I’m up to your b00bies!”
Awkward. That’s probably not a good height answer. “How tall are you dear?” “Oh, I don’t know. About as tall as my mom’s b00bies.”
Errrrmmmmmm. That’s not good. (no picture of that!!)
Evan of Bleeker Designs, a local Atlanta company offered to help out. He sent me a handmade-oversized ruler for us to put on the wall. I was able to pick the color and the finish to make it best match where I wanted to put it up in our house. The markings (every inch) and numbers, are actually indented and painted just like an authentic wooden ruler. Now, we can measure the girls whenever we want (and they can measure themselves, too).
The oldest has really shot up this summer. None of her clothes seem to fit and she just seems taller. Now I can confirm it!
And, it’s helping them gain an understanding of inches and feet (that is one hard concept for kids to get!) I haven’t yet marked heights on it, but if I want to, I can put a date and the kid and the height and take it with men should we ever move (no, family, that doesn’t mean we have plans to move to Texas).
And, the part that makes me laugh and smile the most? Mr. Serious picked the ruler up downtown at work. He had to carry it several blocks. Yes, a man carrying a 6 ft giant ruler around town is pretty funny. Then, when he got to work, everybody was wonder what he was measuring. I asked him to take it into his boss’s office and proceed to measure something really tiny, but he wouldn’t do it!
*Thank you to Evan for providing the ruler. All thoughts are my own and I wouldn’t tell you about it if I didn’t think it was cool!
Do you embrace the growing and changing? Or you a book on top-of-the-head type?
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