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post #21 of 54
My daughter seemed to stop growing for a few years in jr high. But, then she must have had a small growth spurt in the last year. (she's almost 18)

I am extremely tall, but her dad is short-ish. So, it could have gone either way. I didn't stop growing until about 18. However, I didn't start growing until 14. My daughter has always grown steadily except for 5-7th grade, when she seemed almost stunted for a while.
post #22 of 54
My eldest DD, 20, is 5'8" and feels she stopped growing around 18/19. It was that final inch, she was 5'7" by 15. DD #2 will be thirteen at the end of September and is about 5'1'', (DD #1 was quite a bit taller at that age), and is in early puberty (I guess she is a late bloomer), and I am sure she has some growing left, but I doubt she will be as tall as her sister.
post #23 of 54
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The height calculators put her at 5'6" as a final adult height which would be shocking given her genetic potential, honestly. She'd be as tall as her dad and a good 2-8 inches taller than all of the women on both sides of the family.

I've heard, and recall, that about stopping growing around the time you get your period. I got mine around 14 and was done growing right around the same time, so that sounds right. I do suspect that dd has a while before she gets to that degree of physical development, so I have wondered if she is going to keep up this massive growth spurt that we've seen over the past two years.

I guess that we'll see in a year or two if she is destined to be the giant of the family (like I am, at 5'4", in our family!).
post #24 of 54
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I've heard, and recall, that about stopping growing around the time you get your period.
if that was true then i would have been a midget. i started at 10.5

also another thing i found in my family. you cant really predict the family's height... if they are not all the same height. both my gpas were over 6 feet and my grammas not too much beyond 4 feet. our cousins came out all varied sizes whether we had tall parents or not.

so i think with recessive genes we cant really predict our children's height.
post #25 of 54
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so i think with recessive genes we cant really predict our children's height.
The weird thing is that our "tall" recessive genes are those people who aren't really short. My dad and I are the only people for multiple generations (as far back as anyone can recall) who aren't quite short. I am 5'4" and my dad is 5'10.5". Every other man on both dh's side of the family and mine going back to great-grandparents is btwn 5'2" and 5'8". All of the women, save for me and one grandma, are btwn 4'10" and 5'1" (again both sides of the family for a few generations).
post #26 of 54
Not sure how accurate they are but there are multiple sites on the net where you can input your child's age, weight and height right now and it will tell you approx how tall they will end up being. The older they are the more accurate they are from what I have read.

I like this one cause it allows you to input exact age http://pediatrics.about.com/gi/dynam...predictor.html
post #27 of 54
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Our doctor said that a good rule of thumb was to count on only another inch or inch and a half after a girl started her period. This has held true for both my daughter and myself. We were 13 though. I am curious to see how this works out with my niece, who is 5'9'' at age 11 and just started her period.
I started bleeding at 11 years and about 2 months. I think I was about 4'10" but I would have to dig out old report cards to be sure
I stopped growing at 14, at 5'1".

HTH
post #28 of 54
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Not sure how accurate they are but there are multiple sites on the net where you can input your child's age, weight and height right now and it will tell you approx how tall they will end up being. The older they are the more accurate they are from what I have read.

I like this one cause it allows you to input exact age http://pediatrics.about.com/gi/dynam...predictor.html
Thanks. That one puts her at 5'6" based upon current height. The page has another link for estimating the height of a female child born to parents the height of me and dh which says that she'd be about 5'2.5".

I wonder on all of those that base height off of current height b/c I'd imagine that a 12 y/o who got her period at 11 vs. a 12 y/o who is barely developed would have different adult heights even if they are the same height at 12 if that makes sense.
post #29 of 54
I believe it was between 8th and 9th grade that I came back from summer and my "little" friends were all taller than me. LOL. I was an amazon child all throughout elementary school. Nearly always the tallest girl and sometimes tallest child. Now I'm 5'6".

ETA: And that would have been the summer after I got my first period. It's interesting, to me, that I hear girls stop then and boys start with their hormones kick in!

ETAA: In my family, each generation of women has been taller. Inserting Dh's family will be interesting b/c the women there are TINY. Though the men are 6'. I have a friend, though, who is the eldest of 4 and the smallest of all!
post #30 of 54
period started at 11, stopped growing at 17-18 but slowed down alot as a teen. i am now 5'7.
post #31 of 54
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I was 12. Maybe even 11.
Me too, I think it was closer to 11 and I was 5'6" like I am now! I also started my period at 11 and I do remember reading that that will often stop or slow upward growth (not outward unfortunately )
post #32 of 54
It really depends on the child. Generally girls won't stop growing in height until they've gone through puberty, but of course there's lots of individual variation. Her feet could be done growing long before the rest of her, or she might grow another few shoe sizes.

A friend's child was fully grown by age 12 (she looked 16-17 when she was 12.) I stopped growing at 16. In all cases I know about, a prepubescent girl grew at least a few more inches in height by the time she finished getting hips and boobs.

My 15yo seems to be fully grown- she hasn't grown in height or bra size in over a year. My 14yo is still growing in both directions (up and "out," in a "girl growing into a woman" way.)

From what you've described about your daughter, I would guess that she'll end up taller than you, but only time will tell for certain.
post #33 of 54
I REALLY depends. I thought I stopped growing at 14 (got my period at 11), but then sometime in my senior year or soon after I gained almost another inch out of the blue.
post #34 of 54
I think most growing is done when menstruation starts. There might be another inch to come over the next few years but I would not count on it.

I measured 5'8" until a LLL meeting in my thirties after my 3rd child was born. On a silly whim we measured ourselves and I am now almost 5''9" according to these wise women.

My oldest daughter is 11, no where near puberty yet, wears a size 8 shoe, weighs 84#, and is a little over 5'1" -this is subject to change at any moment. I am not tall for our family.

eta: bandgeek and I have different experiences don't we? It goes to show you that it is hard to say.
post #35 of 54
I stopped at 13 (when I started drinking coffee), but I also grew a half inch (verified by medical records, amazingly) at 19. That was odd! And I was still drinking coffee at that time.
post #36 of 54
i kept growing until i was about 18. very slowly, but i was still adding to my final 5'9" then. however, i didn't start my period until i was about 14-5 years old, so that might definitely have something to do with it.
post #37 of 54
I was about 5'7" when I started menstruating (age 12). When I graduated high school I was 5'10" and my sister (four years younger) was taller than me. When she graduated college I was taller than her (go figure).

Some of the difference may have been postural. I stopped slouching so much in college (I got more confident and hung out with tall people). But I'm pretty sure I gained one last inch around my 21st birthday.

Which is a long way of saying it depends on genetics. The women on my mom's side of the family all grew early and then put on another inch or so around age 20. I take after them. My dad's side of the family grew later but stopped shortly after menarche (which happened later). My sister takes after that side.
post #38 of 54
I started af at 9, and have been 5'2 since 14..my DD is 9 and already 4'11..DH family is all tall (hes actualy the shortest at 5'10) and my family all pretty short 5'6 is about average for the females of the family. I was notifed yesterday by DS that I am the size of a 4th grader lol
post #39 of 54
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...and my family all pretty short 5'6 is about average for the females of the family.
5' is about average for females in my family. Other than me, the family giant at 5'4", the women all range from 4'10" to 5'2" in my family.

For the time being, dd's growth spurt seems to have slowed down and she's holding steady at 5'2" and about 85 lbs.
post #40 of 54
8th grade is when all the girls in my family stop growing.
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