Baby Size for Car Guys Infographic


Blame it on the kumquat. My wife was ten weeks pregnant with our third baby, and since I had not dedicated myself to memorize the list of fruit that matched our baby, I asked, "How big is our baby?"

We checked the chart, and it said at ten weeks, the baby was the size of a kumquat. So then I googled “kumquat,” because who's ever heard of a kumquat?

I was the service manager at a classic car repair shop at the time, so reading about kumquats, I thought to myself, My kid’s about the size of a spark plug! Somebody oughta make a list of baby sizes during pregnancy that corresponds with car parts! Like, when is my kid the size of an alternator? (About week 27.) Or an A/C Compressor? (Week 34.) No list of baby size for car guys appeared, so I made the list happen myself.


I have to confess, this list bothers my wife a little bit, and not for the reasons you might think, or at least the reasons I think you might think. No, she’s long since become used to me comparing our children and family to cars in a host of different ways.


The fact that I think our baby is the size of an oil filter on week 18 doesn’t bother her as much as the fact that I haven’t stated whether it’s a Motorcraft filter, and meant for a Ford 302 V8, or a Wix for the Cummins diesel in a Dodge truck. Headlights vary significantly in size, as do side mirrors—“From which cars, specifically, do these parts come?” Jennifer wants to know, “And do they match the size of the baby exactly at that period of gestation?”


Geez, I don’t know, it's an artistic exercise, you know? It’s funny! I feel clever comparing my kid to a car part! I chose parts from cars with which I’m familiar, my ’69 Ford Fairlane, FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser, Sequoia, and others that mostly fit the bill. If you baby is not exactly the size of a tie rod end at week 21, you must be doing something wrong. It sure wouldn’t be my scientifically developed car guy parts list!


Anyway, fruit is great, probably even kumquats, but I like car parts and think my list is funny. If you agree, then this list is for you. Share it with other car guys, and car gals, and anyone else who might get a kick out of it.

I hope your baby gets all the way to the size of an air filter, but emerges like it was a fog light, and grows to be a gear head. Motor on, baby.

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