Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fast Food Cravings and Fetal Nicknames

I was rereading some of the journaling I did during my first pregnancy and just after Natalie was born. This entry caught my eye and made me laugh ...

Jack-in-the-Belly
After months of craving and eating Jack-in-the-Box tacos and curly fries, it seemed only natural that we would call our growing fetus … Jack! It was actually Grammy who gave you that nickname when she said, “You’ve eaten so many of those tacos, you’ve got Jack-in-the-Belly!“ Of course, the closer I got to delivery the more worried I became that our baby would have a big ping-pong head topped with a pointy yellow hat. And the name, Jack, also helped to convince us that you were a little boy … boy, were we surprised!

This time around my strongest craving has been for the best sub sandwiches in all the land, Jimmy John's! The coolest thing about this fast food place, it was founded on my college campus - way back in Illinois.



After graduating, I never thought I'd have a Jimmy John's sub again. I have such fond memories of taking a study break to grab a sub or stumbling home from the bars and stopping in to grab a loaf of their 50 cent bread - nothing soaks up alcohol like delicious bread! Anyway, much to my surprise, there are two locations near my house here in Washington as well as a handful downtown Seattle. I was averaging 2-3 times per week for a solid two months! Thankfully my husband shares my affinity for this particular restaurant; he wouldn't be caught dead in the Jack in the Box, which means I gorged on tacos alone.


What am I getting at? Besides piquing my JJ cravings? Oh, yeah, the reason for my cravings ...

We have nicknamed our little baby girl fetus Jimmy John - Jimmy or JJ, for short. Instead of visions of a giant ping-pong size head, I have thoughts of delivering a sub, which seems decidedly less intimidating ... and according to the Jimmy John's website ... they are known for their Freaky Fast delivery!

9 comments:

Jessica said...

I love the fetus naming thing. But for some reason, we have never done it. My co-worker calls her fetus Flyod and has already named the next one Sherman.

classroomconfessions said...

Awesome! I totally understand the craving for Jimmy John's, they are sooo good!

Oliver'sMom said...

Darn you for showing us the evil drug that is JJ's! We're up to at LEAST two times a week right now...Oliver was "squiggle" because after I drank OJ he would squiggle around...

Emmett Joseph said...

Ahhh, I love me some Jimmy Johns, and it will always remind me of our college days. Love that bread!Can't wait to meet little JJ, but for HER sake, I hope you come up with a better name when she actually gets here!

Meg said...

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But now I am hungry..... lol!

Good luck with the pregnancy!

Chi-town momma said...

Love me some Jimmy John's, but do NOT love the nickname JJ...too many bad memories of my own Hillside JJ. Although there is of course our beloved JJ, she does help make the name have a better ring!

Deann said...

LOL Seems a sub sandwich delivery sounds pretty good to me :-)

Jessica said...

I've never had Jimmy John's. Perhaps it's time. You did introduce us to "Chipotle" after all, which I've never regretted!

The real question is whether the nickname JJ will translate into Baby Verhoff's official name...? There are lots of good girl names that start with J! :-)

Chi-town momma said...

Guess what we had for dinner??? "Jim John" as B likes to call it! So delicious!

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