Friday, June 11, 2010

The height genes must have skipped a generation

Yesterday Emily met with her nutritionist. Our backs had already told us that she had gained some weight, but we weren't sure about her height. I guess when you are trying to be one of the tallest kids that ever lived, there is a certain growth curve that needs to be maintained! Here are the latest stats:

Weight: 31 lbs 2 oz (up 12 oz from last month)
Height: 38 1/4 inches (up 1/4 inch from last month)

We are in the process of ordering a stander for Emily. The one we have now is borrowed through First Steps (KY's Early Intervention program). When Emily ages out at 3, we will have to give the stander back. I tend to procrastinate on just about everything so it is only appropriate that I waited until 4 months before her 3rd birthday to get moving (why do things in a cool and calm manner when you can be panicked and rushed?).
Well, the point is, the new stander comes in 2 sizes. The small size goes up to 48 inches and the bigger (youth) size starts at 40 inches. I wondered if we should go with the youth size since Emily is pretty close to being 40 inches tall. It seems a little crazy to order a youth size piece of equipment for my almost 3 year old, but at the rate she grows, I was debating it (along with our PT).
Our PT spoke with the equipment specialist and he didn't think the youth size would work for Emily. He said it would take a while for her to really fit into it. He also said it is a rather large piece of equipment (and we are definitely limited for space in our shoebox sized apartment). I chatted with the nutritionist about this and she said that if Emily keeps on the same growth curve, she will be 48 inches at about age 6. So according to her, we made the right choice to go with the smaller stander. If her calculations hold true, that would give us 3 years of use with the stander.
The crazy thing about ordering equipment is that we have no option to see it in person first. We basically have to order it blind. I was able to look at pictures and watch a video online. I also asked around and heard great things from a few people that own this piece of equipment, but still, it is a rather large investment to make based on just a little bit of information.

By the way, these pictures were taken before we cut Emily's hair recently (I didn't want you to think that her hair grows that fast!).

3 comments:

Kristina said...

Such a cutie pie! I agree with getting the smaller one - Emily (and equipment options!) might progress so much in 3 years that you might want an entirely new stander by then.

What stander did you decide to buy? We have the Leckey Squiggles and love it. No matter which one you get, though, it's great to have them stand!

Katy said...

She's so cute! And tall! Gosh. Charlie is frozen at each hash mark on the tape measure.

What website let you look at the stander online? Will you share the link please?

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

The stander we are ordering is the Superstand: http://www.primeengineering.com/pages/products/superstand.html

When we spoke to the equipment guy (not sure what his real title is), he said that he orders this one a lot (second only to Rifton standers). He had a lot of great things to say about it. And the moms that have used this did as well.

Hope this info helps!