Saturday, June 16, 2012

Short & Tall

Recently, a friend & fellow blogger, Nicole over at The Kavanaugh Report, wrote about her adorable little boy Henry being, well, little. (Click the link to check them out.)

It may seem odd to those who follow Keira's antics and know she's in the 90th percentile for height, but we're very familiar with being small in our family. I'm 5'2" and Doug is 5'7". Our families are similar in that the women range on the smaller side of average as do the men, with an exception of a couple tall uncles.

My niece, Abby, has Achondroplasia, a common type of Dwarfism. At 8 years old, she's not much taller than Keira is at 15 months, just a few inches.

Because of her height, people who don't have a lot of contact with Abby have always treated her as though she was much younger. It's a constant source of frustration, not only to her, but to those of us surrounding her. Often, she is viewed as a 4 or 5 year old. People were amazed to see such a tiny baby talking...when she was almost 3.

The complete opposite of Keira, who at 15 months is the same size as several 2 year olds that we know. While that is obviously not as large a gap, the is definitely a difference in the developmental stages. While Keira is very smart (at least in my opinion) and gets into her fair share of mischief, she is at the proper stage for her age. When we are around others with children 2 & 3 years old, people ask the usual questions, "does she do this?" etc, I usually explain that she is only 15 months, and then they remark on how tall she is.


  1. Thanks for the shout out. I really haven't idea how to respond to all the "he's so little" comments. I'm sure it's just as hard on the other side of the spectrum.

    1. Since I've been on both sides (Auntie on one & Mommy on the other), I can tell you I've yet to figure out a response to either. I just shrug or smile and move on.