The Incredible Shrinking Woman

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I’ve been ripped off.  I’ve just lost 10 centimetres!  I’m like the Incredible Shrinking Woman, or maybe Alice in Wonderland.  Probably Alice in Wonderland.  I have a thing for headbands.

Do you know the old wives tale that tells you to double a child’s height at two years old and it will indicate their adult height?  I found my baby book today and decided to put it to the test.

Just quietly, my mother was crap at filling in the details, and I was the first child.  The fourth child was lucky to even get a name, I guess.  Poor old Whatshisname.

According to the simple calculations of doubling your height at two years old, I should be stalking around with lusciously long legs at the staggering height of 175 centimetres.  1.75 metres.  That’s nearly 5’8″.


Even frogs want to be taller



Instead, I’m stumping around at 165 centimetres.  That’s only 5’4″.  And I’ve been ripped off again.  For my entire adult life, I thought I was 5’5″.  It appears I’ve shrunk.  Again.

I’m not quite sure if this is worse than the year in which I aged two years.  Older or shorter?  Which is worse?!

Let me explain – it makes perfect sense.  I was trying to work out my Dad’s age when I was having a chat with him and the Welshman once.  He was 24 when I was born so I added 24 years to my age.  He insisted that he was a year older and about to turn another year older as it was shortly to be his birthday.  Turns out I had my own age incorrect, so after nearly a whole year of thinking I was actually 32, I turned 34 that August.

Yup, you’re right.  That’s definitely worse!  After all, I can always backcomb the hell out of my hair and gain a few inches. Even more if I team it with towering heels.  But I can’t become two years younger!


Audrey’s beehive but seriously, any excuse for Audrey



Have you done something quite so blonde as to lose two years?  Settle petal, I’m allowed to say that, as I’m a brunette with a natural blonde hairline.  It’s an excuse that’s been used many times!

Are you diligent about filling in record books and baby books?



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  • Grace - 31 August 2012 - 7.47 pm

    Oh, don’t go there with me and height! I never had a chance to make it over 5″4. As I like to say to people, “I’m still waiting for my growth spurt”
    Yeah,that whole double your height thing? Totally setting false expectations!ReplyCancel

  • Daisy Finlay - 31 August 2012 - 8.48 am

    I was ripped off height wise too! I was headed towards 6 feet on m 2yo height projection. 168cm later… Our pediatrician told us recently that a more accurate predictor is to take the average of the mother’s and father’s heIght and add two inches for a boy. I’m sure in 20 years time they’ll be able to take some blood and shoot it all out on a computer screen!ReplyCancel

  • Jess - 29 August 2012 - 12.47 pm

    I spent a whole year forgetting my age too, but I only gained a year and felt quote ripped off by that.
    Funny you mention this, I was just measuring miss Ava for the whole double your height height. She is supposed to be 174 cm. 😉ReplyCancel

  • - 28 August 2012 - 10.35 pm

    Well you look 10 years younger in your profile picture 😉ReplyCancel

  • Penny - 28 August 2012 - 9.08 pm

    Wow Kim-Marie, how DID you loose two years? I’m bad, I always think of myself older than I am. So the year I turn 30, I am 30, even though my birthday isn’t until September.

    Love the baby height trial. Bummer it was an old wives tale. I wonder how tall I should be?ReplyCancel

  • Nee Say - 28 August 2012 - 8.42 pm

    haha what a crack up! I was shocking with baby records so I can imagine my poor kids going through these sorts of things. I’ve only got 2 kids though – Hey You & The Other One 😉ReplyCancel

  • Jane Hallisey - 28 August 2012 - 7.47 pm

    Oh you have been ripped off!! I am 166cm – actually i think i am 165 but I add the one cm for good measure! I know Im only kidding myself but hey it helps!!
    I think after the age of 30 age becomes irrelevant – ha, thats another crazy story Im telling myself!!

  • ColoursofSunset - 28 August 2012 - 4.02 pm

    I’m 178cms you can have some of mine if you like. I’d like to be a few cms shorter! But I think you should stop counting – years and height – it seems every time you do you get older and shorter! ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Rodie Blagg - 28 August 2012 - 2.49 pm

    I did the same thing with my age this year! I thought I’d turned 33, then saw some comments on an old school friends facebook status re turning 34.. and then realised I was 34 too. Grrr!

  • workingwomenaustralia - 28 August 2012 - 1.33 pm

    Oh I always forget how old I am and have no idea how old I was when either of my children were born. As for losing height? My sister is a little taller than me with loooooong legs. Yet when we sit down next to each other, I’m taller. Yes, that’s right, I have a long body and short legs. Far worse! lolReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 4.12 pm

      That’s the only way I work out how old I am now, Kim! I know I was 30 when he was born. My mother was 20 when I was born. I hope he’s not 40 before I get a grandchild! xReplyCancel

  • Meagan @ Cider In The Sun - 28 August 2012 - 12.01 pm

    Im the same height as you and I always said 5″5.. im sticking to it!!!!!
    I laughed out loud at the fact you didnt know how old you were – but yes – id say – stick with the younger one – no one will know!!! xxReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 4.13 pm

      5’5″ just *sounds* better, doesn’t it! I think people might notice if I tried passing myself off as 32 now, but I like your style! xReplyCancel

  • Kuku Couture - 28 August 2012 - 10.21 am

    Hahaha love it! I think you are as old or as tall as you perceive yourself to be. I have three friends who are all approx the same height around 160cm. one says she is an average sized lady, the other has a bit of a complex about being short and the other often says we are the same height ( I am 172cm) I think it’s so funny the way people perceive themselves 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 4.14 pm

      Oh, that’s a really interesting case study! It makes me laugh when my friend’s mum makes comments about me being tall, bless her cotton socks. xReplyCancel

  • Yvette @ DTlilsquirts - 28 August 2012 - 10.05 am

    oh!! I love this post.. I thought I was 5″8 but Im 5″6 I think.. I don’t know cm to feet ratio but always shorter than what I say I am 🙂 hehehe

    My mum has every detail of our childhood down in a little red book… I started with my first child.. second child has really been left out..

    you have been visited by a member of #teamIBOT 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 4.15 pm

      We will just have to wear high heels ALL THE TIME!

      This isn’t one of the reasons we decided not to have another child, but I have to confess it made it onto the pros and cons list!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly HTandT - 28 August 2012 - 9.49 am

    I fill in all 3 baby books but I must admit the details in the 2nd and 3rd childrens books aren’t as accurate as the 1st! And I’ve always been tiny, so the fact that I made it to 5’2 – taller than my mother- is impressive as it is. When they tried to enrol me in kindergarten my parents were directed to the pre-school across the road. When I started kindergarten, a girl came up to me and put her arm around me asking “Are you alright little girl?” turned out I was older than her. So I’m happy with 5’2, I just hope I don’t get any smaller!ReplyCancel

  • MsMandie - 28 August 2012 - 9.13 am

    I always get the date wrong. I was signing things off yesterday as the 29th August and when I came back to work from maternity leave I was dating everything 2009 when it was actually 2010.
    And I’m 5 foot 1… I’m the only person I know not taller than my Mum – aren’t all kids s’posed to be taller than their Mums??!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 9.33 am

      I’m taller than my mum – phew – and only a couple of inches shorter than my dad. Guess I was never going to be 175cm! Maybe my mother got my height at 2 incorrect?!

      Mandie, I almost never get the date right! The Welshman gave me a new watch for Xmas – no date on it. I have no idea most days!ReplyCancel

  • bachelormum - 28 August 2012 - 8.29 am

    I think you could possibly go back to the age you thought you were – after all beauty …NAND age … Is in the eye of the beholder.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 9.34 am

      I like your thinking. I’m staring down the barrel of the Big Four Oh My Gods so I’d be delighted to be 32 again. Or even 34 for that matter!ReplyCancel

  • Mumabulous - 28 August 2012 - 8.20 am

    Dadabulous can never remember his or any of his family’s ages. That is where having a wife comes in handy as I remember this type of trivia for him. Just quietly he is 44!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 28 August 2012 - 9.35 am

      Luckily for me, I have the Welshman who doesn’t remember all the important stuff, like what date we had our embryo transfer, or what wine we drank on our first date, but does remember the other stuff. Like birthdays and bills …ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 28 August 2012 - 7.43 am

    Haha, that is funny. I use to forget my address, but that’s due to alcohol. Rachel xReplyCancel

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