joyellen Posted May 13, 2004 Report Share Posted May 13, 2004 (edited) I've posted before about my efforts to help my tall, very thin DD gain weight and strength. In January I started adding 500 to 1000 calories to her daily intake with the goal of gaining a pound a week. When we started she was about 96 pounds. I was thrilled when she hit 100, and for the past week or so she has been hovering between 102 and 103. Still, I haven't notice a big difference in her appearance. On Tuesday, I went to observe her in class (it's observation week) and by the end of class I could see that she was near tears. When we were able to speak privately, she had a complete meltdown. She felt as though she was the worst dancer in her class, she can't find her balance, she is struggling with her turns, she can't get on her leg, she was embarassed that I saw her like that etc. I was able console her enough for her to get through her next class (tap) and by the time she got home that night she was better, but still depressed. I could understand her frustration. She has been trying so hard for the past six months, really working hard in class and doing stretching and strengthening exercises at night. I thought about all that I had read about this age, and then something clicked. I called her into the kitchen and put her up against the doorframe and measured her. There it was; her current height was an inch higher than my last measurement on 3/11/04--she had grown a full inch in two months. All those smoothies and milkshakes and pancake breakfasts had gone into additional height! (Grrrr!) The expression on her face was priceless--she was so RELIEVED. The next day in class her attitude was completely different. She was still having trouble finding her center, but at least she knew why and instead of growing discouraged, she just became more determined. It was also an important lesson for me. She'll be fifteen in a few months, but it is clear to me that I can't assume that she's stopped growing "up." And, just because we've been struggling with this for the past year, doesn't mean it's over yet--although heaven knows it feels like it should be! So, I share this as a reminder that these growth spurts can be very sneaky! Edited May 13, 2004 by joyellen Quote Link to comment
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