English Hothouse Cucumbers, and other innapropriate forms of measurement

Maija subscribed us to a number of pregnancy emails regarding the development of our baby. We get a couple of emails each week, updating us with how big the baby may be, and providing advice and various pieces of information. It's all quite good and informative, except for the sometimes strange choice of fruits or vegetables used to describe the size of the fetus (or foetus, if you prefer). They range from recognizable, common fruit (which gives us a good idea the size of the baby), to ambiguous and mysterious food items, which surely isn't helpful in letting us know much of anything. I present to you a list of the ways our baby's size has been described, over the last 16 weeks. Italicized, are those I find amusing.

  • a head of cauliflower
  • an English hothouse cucumber
  • an average rutabaga
  • an ear of corn
  • a large mango
  • a spaghetti squash
  • a carrot
  • a large heirloom tomato
  • a bell pepper
  • a turnip
  • an avocado
  • an apple
  • a lemon
  • a medium shrimp
  • a lime
  • a fig
  • a grape

I'm sure kumquat was listed one week, but I can't find it now.