Thursday, June 4, 2009

How Many Months Are You?

Before I had my son, I would run into adorable children on the street and ask:

"Aw! How old is your son?"

And the mother would reply:

"He's 19 months."

At that moment I would internally roll my eyes and laugh. 19 months? How old is that really? When you ask an adult how old they are they give you a regular number: "I'm 30." or "I'm 45." And they are referring to years and not months. I wasn't used to hearing age referred to in months. I promised myself that I wouldn't be one of those parents that referred to their children's ages in terms of months.

However, now that I have a child times have changed. Up until my son was one year old, I referred to him in terms of months. He was at one time seven months old, then eight months etc. until he turned one year old.

My son turned a year in May. Now that it is June he is no longer exactly one year old but rather....13 months!! I know, I swore I wouldn't do it. But the truth is, developmentally, from child to child, there is a vast difference from month to month.

There is a significant difference between a one year old and a 13 month old.

On the other hand, I (as an adult human being) cannot refer to myself in months. It would be socially unacceptable and bizarre to say that I am 355 months.


  1. You too have been referring to your kids' ages using months?

  2. I think there comes a time when parents should start "Rounding Off"
    e.g if the child is fifteen months one can say: he or she is a year and a half. On the other hand it might be fun to continue the practice of giving our ages in months instead of years as we continue into adulthood.
    Imagine this conversation" She's 612 months and the guy she's dating is 348 months. She's robbing the cradle!

  3. I don't think I could handle the math on Jeffrey's suggestion. It is pretty creative though. Can we call on Jeffrey if we need help on calculatiing.

  4. I like the conversion idea! It would also freak people out. I am going to start telling people that I am 348 months old.


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