Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Unique Units of Measurement

Wow, I can't believe my baby is already 1.5 inches long (according to various websources)! For a while it seemed like the baby would never be bigger than a "small crab apple."

Can I just ask- what is it with these crazy pregnancy website that measure the size of unborn babies in relation to fruit, veggies, and legumes?

According to BabyCenter, my baby was first the size of a poppy seed, then a sesame seed, lentil bean, blueberry, kidney bean, grape, then a kumquat (lol, what the hell is a kumquat?!). At eleven weeks, I'm thrilled to know that my baby is the size of a FIG!

Another website, (I-am-pregnant.com) describes a baby's 8-11 week sizes using the following terms: "pinto bean" a "medium green olive" a "small plum" and a "large lime." I especially like the very specific use of words like "medium" and "small" and "large." Because without going to the supermarket and looking at ALL the fruit, I definately could not tell the difference between a medium and a large lime not to mention the difference between a small and medium green olive.

When my baby is 16 years old and someone asks me how tall he/she is, I will say: "He/she is about the size of eleven large watermelons."


LL said...

hahahaha- that cracked me up. I thought those sites were odd too, but maybe comparing the baby's size to a fruit makes the concept easier to visualize? I did notice that they stop doing that closer to the end- by that point you are well aware of the watermelon-like appearance of your baby and belly :)

Law Student Hot Mama said...

I call my kid "the burrito." Maybe I have some sort of weird food comparison issue, too.

When I was a kid, there was a family on our street that had one kid named "Brie" and one named "Sundae" (spelled just like the food). I always thought they secretly wanted a grocery store instead of kids . . . now I'm the same way.


newduck said...

I've also noticed the food comparison, and I wonder if they expect us to eat our babies or something. Okay, forget I said that.

I'm just getting back on your blog after a couple of really bad school days, and I feel so, so bad that you've been having such a hard time. Keep your head up and remind yourself that at least 50% of it is probably pregnancy hormones wreaking havoc on your life. And again, things get so much better after the 1st trimester.