Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Do Children Get Clumsier During Growth Spurts?

While I can't find any scientific evidence to back me up on this, my observations have led me to believe that toddlers get clumsy whenever they're having a growth spurt. It took me a while to put the pieces together, but I've noticed that whenever Brendan goes through a clumsy phase, after a couple of days I'll notice he seems taller.

In the last week, it seems like he's been tripping and bumping his head a lot. He's hit his head hard enough at school to require ice twice in the last week. :Yesterday, I nearly fainted when I saw the bump on his head when I picked him up at school. He had a ginormous bump with a long, narrow dark purple bruise in the center of it. It was one of those things that's so bad, the teacher tries to intercept you before you see it so you won't panic.

When I asked him what happened, Brendan told me that he was trying to hug his friend Nicholas and fell of his chair. He hit his head on the edge of the table. I guess that's what being sweet will get ya! Poor little guy!

He has also tripped over his own feet a few times in the last several days, which, when examined alone or in conjunction with all the head bumps might just mean he's a klutz like his mama. However, generally, Brendan is pretty athletic and coordinated for a little guy and not prone to too many accidents. Examined in conjunction with an increased appetite and the three-hour nap he took on Sunday along with sleeping better at night, and I think he's growing. Yay!

Still, I wish I could find something to back up my theory. All I have found on-line suggests that kids going through or entering puberty get clumsier.

Intuitively it makes sense. Suddenly there's more of you and you have to get a feel for your new body and that extra inch or extra pound. Figure out where it all goes. Realize you don't have to swing your leg quite as high to climb on the chair. Find your center of gravity.

Hopefully in a day or two, B. will have adapted. I just pray we don't end up in the ER before then.


Rich | Championable said...

My big brother had a HUGE growth spurt in high school. We were passing each other in the hallway, and when we went to high-five each other, he smacked me in the face.

He CLAIMS it was an accident.


Belle said...

Hmmm....My only experience with older brothers (or younger, for that matter) is with friends' brothers, but it seems to me that sounds like a convenient excuse to pick on baby brother.

I hope you caught up in size and pounded him. : )
I mean that in the most loving way possible, of course.