I have extreme Napoleon Complex. I assume we all have our insecurities: gray hair, halitosis, body odor, hair loss… But most of those traits are correctable or happen only for a certain duration, whereas I have been vertically challenged my whole life.
I wish I didn’t have such a complex about it, but inevitably someone will comment, “Whoah you are so short!” which puts me in the foulest of moods.
Or “Why are you so short?” to which I want to respond, “I don’t know. Why are you so fat?”
My family is short so I was destined for shortness. Throughout my life, I have tried to reason that at least I’m a girl and not a boy. Guys don’t seem to mind dating petite girls. I’ve dated guys as tall as 6’4″ and I am truthfully 4’10” without heels. I have always said I gravitated toward tall men to give my progeny a fighting chance.
Now that I’m a mother, I’m obsessed with how tall my child will be. I want to do everything in my power to bolster his physical stature. Pre-pregnancy I was 85 pounds and gave myself a goal of 40 pounds. Clearly I was not one of those pregnant women aiming for moderate weight gain! I didn’t quite reach the goal, gaining 35 pounds despite devouring bacon cheeseburgers and vanilla milkshakes every day. That’s 40% of my normal body weight. I practically added another 1/2 Catherine to my stomach. When Franco emerged weighing only 5 pounds 14 ounces, I was like, “Oh no no no! Are you sure? Can you please weigh him again?”
Given my insecurities, I have a lot vested in how tall Franco will be.
I’ve done Punnett Squares.
A pediatrician gave me the following formula:
- Add the mother’s height and the father’s height in either inches or centimeters.
- Add 5 inches (13 centimeters) for boys or subtract 5 inches (13 centimeters) for girls.
- Divide by two.
That would make Franco 5’7″. Not bad.
Then I’ve also heard that doubling a child’s height at their 2 year birthday is a good indicator. Franco is 2 in one month. I measured him yesterday and he was 30 inches. That would make him 5 feet tall. Gasp!
Since Franco is 3 percentile on height and weight, I ask during every pediatrician visit if we should start discussions with an endocrinologist. 2 year visit coming soon. Grow, Franco, grow!
Curious how your height played out based on genetics or any of the above calculations. Or how your teenaged or adult children’s heights have played out.