When I was pregnant with Isobel I took photos to document my ever-growing sphericalness and posted them to flickr in a set I called “The Peanut Gallery.” We had taken to calling the baby Peanut in those early weeks before we found out the gender (which is kind of a funny story actually, because the woman doing the ultrasound assumed we were like most of the clients she saw, so when she told us to get a gun we were confused and I actually said, “So we can… take our son hunting…?”). We still called Isobel “Peanut” for a long time after she was born but now she really dislikes being called anything other than Isobel. We’ve dubbed this baby “Smalls” because I’m pretty fond of saying “You’re killing me, Smalls!” every time I want to drink coffee but refrain.
I was anxious to start the photo process again, especially since I found out well into my first trimester. I really wanted to get a baseline photo before I started showing. I’m not 100% I’m not starting to show in this picture. You could be gazing at the future of the Castillo family or you could be looking at my fanatical love of ice cream and soft pretzels. WHO KNOWS?! It figures that I got pregnant as soon as I bought four new pairs of skinny jeans. Oh well. My pants are definitely more snug than when I bought them and thanks to morning sickness I’m actually down ten pounds since two months ago.
As of this writing we still don’t have a due date but by the time you read this we very well might have one: our first OB appointment is today. Knowing the due date will help you participate in our baby betting pool for guessing our baby’s gender, general size and looks, and due date.You don’t need to register or provide a valid email address to enter, so please do! We did this last time with Isobel and it was a lot of fun. I did some digging through my bookmarks and I actually found the betting pool we used for Isobel in 2008. (If you want to take a look you can find it here. Just enter in the pool’s name as “peanutcastillo.”)
Last time our friend Jake came closest to guessing the correct information and since we had been offering a fabulous prize to the winner for months we knew we had to come up with something special. One conversation led to another and we decided that he had earned the right to have his face and name printed onto a onesie which Isobel would wear in his presence. The Jake Onesie (which I put together using a combination of photoshop, a blank onesie and an iron-on transfer) became legendary and lots of people who didn’t know Jake assumed a Jake shirt was a thing.
Now I’m not saying I promise I’ll put your face on a onesie for Smalls (but I might) but if you win I will do something equally fabulous. So place your bets! I’m not getting any smaller.
I decided that I’m going to post my weekly photos here, most likely on Mondays, and I’ll use the opportunity to feature thrifted outfits. This will get very interesting as it’s my goal to use as many thrifted and secondhand items during my maternity as possible. I’ve saved a bit of my clothes from last time but most of them I passed along to my cousin Liz who was pregnant with her second child, Sam. We don’t have the budget to do maternity shopping like I did last time, anyway. Back then we both worked full time and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that a family living on one person’s unemployment check does not leave a lot of room for extras. Hopefully I can skate by on a pair a maternity jeans a a few pairs of leggings.
This is a pretty typical outfit for me: a jeans, a comfortable shirt, vintage accessories.