However, I can definitely tell I'm pregnant. I've never been this tired in my life. And some days...I am STARVING! I think the baby must have growth spurts. I will feel as if I am a bottomless pit one day, and feel no more hungry than any normal day in my "pre-pregnancy" life the next. It's been interesting to hear people's comments on this. So many people have offered great advice and comments. There are a lot of super things people have told me that I am SO grateful for. And there are also a million things that make me want to say, "I'm pregnant...get a filter!" So, as a reminder to those around pregnant friends:
- Every pregnancy is different. There are very few definites...so quit telling people the bad stories! They may not even happen to me! Why tell someone something bad that could happen...when it probably was an isolated situation? Haha...just tell me the good stuff. I bet I'll notice the bad stuff all on my own!
- Filter out any desire to tell pregnant couples how much life changes when you have kids...unless you mean in a good way! There are so many people who talk about having children as if it were the day life ended for them. Geez! We like kids...that's why we're having them!
- Please tell pregnant ladies that you can see, "the little one!" or something like that. Saying that you're starting to see a little "pudge" does not give us the warm fuzzies!
- Tell us the best stories ever about pregnancy and raising children...and all the things you'd wish you'd known....we love that!
Just fyi...in case you remotely wanted or desired that unsolicited guidance! I will say that I am really enjoying pregnancy so far! I'm queasy all the time...and so tired...but so excited! We're really ready to know if this little one is a boy or a girl so we can do more preparation. I can't wait to start getting things together!
On another note, we have some names that we really love. A lot can happen in 7 months, but we are really loving these names so far. For a boy, we really like Carter Steven Castillo. Carter is my mother's maiden name and we really wanted to use Steven as our son's middle name. We really wanted to name a little girl after my grandmother, Genella Kennedy Hancock. Steven came up with Ella Kennedy Castillo. I am excited that both names include a namesake that my children can look up to as they grow up. If this sweet baby is anything like my Grandpa Carter and Steven or Ma, then we'll have one precious baby.
As a last update, you'll be happy to know that this baby already has several onesies/pairs of socks that represent the wonderful Alabama football team! (Thanks Daddy!) Roll Tide!