Having a Child with Down Syndrome, Part XCVII: Growth Spurt Maybe?

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If you have Down syndrome, you are likely not going to be tall. Women average 4’6″ and men average 5’2″.  Alice is starting to approach that average, and although my family is generally tall, I don’t expect her to be a whole lot taller than that.

Still, we’re seeing some evidence that she has a bit of a growth spurt on the horizon.

Alice chunked out a bit last year and I’ve been trying to monitor Alice’s food intake and cut it back just a tiny bit. It’s been working, she’s thinned out a little bit. It’s trick with a gluten free diet because most of the so-called substitutes for common staples are about double the calories.

This past weekend, Alice woke up at 4:00 in the morning and Evie found her in front of the TV with a box of popsicles and a pair of scissors to open up the wrapping (and if that isn’t pre-planning, I don’t know what is). The past couple meals and snacks, Alice has inhaled everything put in front of her and asked for more. Evie and I have been calling it “Alice eating the entire world.” Sunday, she had a decent breakfast and we went to a birthday party and I could not believe how much she ate. I couldn’t eat that much. This continued today.

Growth spurt. That’s what I’m thinking.

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