Friday, November 12, 2010

Baby Bell Pepper

Baby Bell Pepper is the descriptor of the week per Jen's email:
Head to rump, your baby is approximately 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, although he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
She finds out if Baby Bell Pepper is a boy or a girl this coming Thursday, the 18th. So exciting!!! Less than a week!!!

Thanksgiving Day she will be exactly 20 weeks, the halfway point. She's planning her baby shower for the end of January down in the SF Bay Area at her dad's house. His place is great for hosting parties (her bridal shower was held there) with a great backyard if weather is good and a snazzy great room if its not. All her girl friends will be there -- I've not seen the girls since her wedding and it will be good to catch up with them and her dad's family.

No sunsets in a while -- been overcast or drippy when it's not raining. Saw the sun for a wee bit today but the high clouds are doing a pretty good job of keeping it hidden this afternoon. Another storm is headed this way and it should start raining again late tonight and last tomorrow and the extended forecast is a chance of rain for every day for the next week.

Picture is of Jen and Mike at the pumpkin patch last month.


  1. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Bell peppers forever! So exciting! I know you're hoping for a girl, but babies is babies, and after 33 years of teaching, I can assure you that you'll love little boys.


  2. hey terry -- i'm partial to girl babies for sure... lotsa debate between everyone with guesses and we all know we find out in less than a week!!! either way baby bell pepper is gonna have a lotta love in his/her life.

  3. dang, thought i posted a comment, and it disappeared!

    well what i said was that it was about this point that i gave in and started buying things like a rubber duckie family for Baby's bath. Never to early to start spoiling them!

  4. hey ndfg -- crap! i hate it when that happens

    i've been able to hold off on buying things until we know what she's got -- my limited budget is helping me toe the line but.... lard love a duck, i'm going shopping as soon as we know.

  5. yeah, i relate! But the duck family i found was so darn cute (a big yellow momma duck with three yellow baby duckies on her back) and it was something like three dollars. So even tho my budget was excruciatingly tight at the time, how could i resist?

    I had a very satisfying tickle-and-noogies romp with my grandson this evening, plus we were battling a naughty farting dinosaur. It got kind of wild. And while that was going on, Daughter was on the phone with Other Grandma who has him overnight tonight. Daughter warned her that he was kind of wound up, and Other Grandma said she could hear us thru the phone, and to be sure to tell me that she'd repay the favor sometime. LOL!

    Grandchildren are a whole new dimension of love.

  6. ohmystars ndfg --that's exactly the kinda thing my budget can do.... hmmmm the fred meyer does have a baby section...

    amazing how love just grows and grows

    i'm so lucky -- i'm gonna be the only grandparent in the immediate area (bwa-hahahaha)

  7. Anonymous6:50 PM

    OMG, Sooz, remember how crazy it was with our own kids? Working, taking classes, keeping the house clean and still time for the tykes? This will be the best. Let us know the mailing address (and the baby's name) for the virtual shower.

    Loo Hoo.

  8. hey loohoo -- its not a virtual shower -- i'm gonna drive down to ca with jen, stacy (her sister-in-law), and maybe samantha (stacy's daughter) in mike's truck so there is room to haul the gifts back up here.

    drop me an email and i can let ya know the info when it gets closer :)

  9. oh, let me know too!

    My darn daughter has us all on restriction for spending $$$ or getting goodies for the g-unit, he has a plethora of grandparents, greatgrandparents, great aunts & uncles, and regular aunts and uncles all wanting to spoil him because he's the only young 'un on all sides of his family. So i gotta spread the "spoil 'em" love *g*

  10. if ya look over in the left hand sidebar, up near the top of the page is my profile (has token's picture).

    at the end of the profile is a link to 'view my complete profile'. if ya click on that, it brings up my blogger profile page. in the left hand sidebar of that page under contact is a link to my email address.

  11. Anonymous7:04 PM

    AW, NDFG! Careful he doesn't get too spoilio! Books, I say!


  12. Anonymous7:07 PM

    That email address only takes me to my net link, Sooz, which I've never figured out how to use. I lost your address when my computer crashed.

  13. hah. he has books by the billion. i've been driven to giving books in his name to the school library (which is a great idea btw!)

  14. Anonymous7:55 PM

    Good for you, Grandma!

  15. hey anonymous -- since terry adds her name to her anonymous comments, i am guessing you are not her.

    still debating with jen regarding grandma -- she does not like the 'ma' part of the name... i may end up grams or grannie... still to be determined.

    me, i like grandma but i'm just the grandma

  16. LoudounLib9:18 PM

    Hey Suz, I think your readers here are almost as excited as you are about Baby Bell Pepper! And what a cute name that is, btw. I love seeing these updates you've been posting!

  17. hey ll -- i'm loving these weekly updates jen gets too. even after we know if baby bell pepper has a stem or not, they will still be fun. i always wonder each week about what fruit or veggie the baby is gonna be *this week*.

  18. LoudounLib9:27 PM

    Speaking of fruits and veggies, I was just glancing over at a framed piece of needlework that my own grandma did years ago: all around the perimiter there are lovely fruits and veggies, and inside that perimiter are the words Yours is the earth and everything in it. Don't know if you do any needlework, but maybe something like that would be cute for the baby's room, to continue with the theme of Jen's weekly updates.

    Oh, and I say go with your Irish heritage and be "Gran" :-)

  19. she's waiting until she knows what the baby is before she decides on the color scheme and theme. at this point, i'm still on hold until she lets me know.

    i don't knit but i do crochet. i also do embroidery, cross-stitch and assorted other needlework in addition to quilting. but... all my craft and sewing stuff is in the pod along with all my furniture. i'm thinking once she tells me her colors, i'll be able to start crocheting a baby blankie. i can easily pick up yarn and the hook in town.

  20. LoudounLib9:42 PM

    Well that makes sense, and you'll know soon enough about the stem or lack thereof ;-)

    Ooooh I want to learn to crochet. For some reason it's never made sense to me, working with one needle. I used to knit a lot - just squares and rectangles, lol, made a few baby blankies when my sister and sister in law were having babies. There was one pattern I used that had to be finished off with a crocheted edge, and one of my friends always had to do it for me.

  21. i was grounded to my room for a week or two as a teen and taught myself to sorta crochet using an old how to do various needle crafts book my mom had found at a thrift store. i was taught how to knit before then but found knitting boring -- crochet seemed to show the progress faster. it was during that same grounding that i taught myself how to embroider.

    no music, no tv, no phone, no friends, no outside my room except to eat meals and do chores. *sigh* can't remember what i did but sure do remember that punishment...