It’s becoming more and more apparent to me that I have some pretty tall kids. My son is an inch or two shy of 4ft. He’ll be 5 in November. My daughter had her 2 year old check up recently and we found out that she is 3ft even. Both of them are almost off the charts in height. Of course their doctor looks at me with a laugh and says, “I wonder where they get their height from?” I have read that you can double whatever height your kids are at 2 years old and that’s how tall they will be. Their doctor says it’s not exact but could be pretty close. If that’s correct, my son will be 6’4″ and my daughter 6′!
I am 6’1″ and my husband is 6′. Clearly mama is bringing the long legs. It looks like I’ve passed that right on down to my babies. For my son, I see this being a great thing. Everyone loves a tall boy/man, right? I’m sure he’ll be all about sports. He’s already a fan. It’s my daughter where I get concerned. I know I’m thinking about all of my experiences growing up. It wasn’t great being the tall girl. My life has been full of crazy, rude question and comments. People tend to be mesmerized a bit, too.As much as people love my height now, it was a reason to ridicule me when I was younger. I had a hard time with it. My mom gave me endless pep talks. I don’t know that I fully took them in though. She’s 5’8″ and I just didn’t think she could fully relate. At one point, she put me in modeling school because she wanted to boost my self-esteem. That actually worked. It was something about being able to see my height as something desirable that changed the game for me. Being able to see these women who were considered beautiful, in part because of their height, resonated with me. It also gave me some women to look to as role models.
Here’s where I think my daughter will have an advantage. The models who I looked up to were not accessible to me. They were my height role models but I hadn’t met them and couldn’t talk to them about my experiences. My daughter, thankfully, will have me. I’m praying she’ll be more confident than I was and won’t let her height make her feel inferior. I love that I’ve been down that particular road that she’s about to travel. I can give her advice from first hand experience. Hopefully the confidence I now have in myself will be the same confidence she grows up with. Tall girls rock! I am going to make sure she knows that. She doesn’t have to inherit my insecurities. I’m excited for her journey.