Having known for 11 weeks / at week 16.


*blank stare*

Who me?  Oh.  Uhhhhhhhh…

The brain seems to be fried these days.

I can’t remember names, words, places, etc.

*blink, blink*

I’m sorry, you were saying?

Oh yeah, don’t forget to read the last part.


Brian was reading Nehemiah to me yesterday.  (So sexy when a man reads a Bible to his lady, FYI.)  He came across a verse that I have known, but didn’t remember was in Nehemiah.  It reminded me that the “joy of the Lord is [my] strength.”  How helpful for the moments when I’m feeling weak and tired!


Do not, I repeat, do NOT wake 16 week Pregnant Square Piece in the middle of the night for anything.  All you’re doing is giving my brain another opportunity to realize how uncomfortable I am because of how much I have to pee.  Pregnant Square Piece gets very dramatic as she lets out her very exaggerated sighs and aggressively throws the blankets off in order to stomp and storm to the bathroom.  If you’re not careful, she might huff… and puff… and blow your house down.

Run for your lives and give the beast her slumber.


Yesterday marks my second yoga class.  Now that I’m out of the queasy first trimester, I want to attempt to stay strong and tone.  (I hear that  benefits delivery.)  For the most part, I can keep up just fine.  The instructor has got to be one of my faves as she sticks with the very technical and literal interpretations of what our bodies are doing.  (It’s very helpful to tell me that my knee needs to be in line with my second toe on the “warrior pose.”  It is NOT very helpful to tell me that I need to “breathe through my fingertips.”  You see the difference?)

Anyhow, I have discovered one drawback to positioning myself in the back/center of the classroom.  There’s a mirror directly behind me; so when we do this pose “downward dog,” I’m standing, folded in half, hands on the floor, looking at my upside down face through my teepee legs.  Naturally my face is getting redder because all of the blood is rushing to my head.  My skin is also delighting in the fact that gravity is pulling my cheeks closer to my forehead.  I can’t help but lose all focus as I study, “So this is what I’d look like if I were a farmer’s market tomato.”

Oh, by the way!:

If I haven’t accurately expressed this in the past, may it be known today that I get a thrill every time you leave a comment on Square Piece.  It’s like Christmas.  A little notification gets sent to my phone and, whether I’m at work or the grocery store, I have a minute to receive a sprinkle of joy when I least expect it.

For the next three days (Fri./Sat./Sun.), if you leave a comment in which you’ve predicted the gender of my baby, I’ll give you the password to an exclusive post that I’ve got up my sleeve set to release on Monday.  Only the readers who have played along will be eligible to view Monday’s post!  

To review: 1) There needs to be a comment.  2) I need to see a boy/girl gender prediction.  3) It needs to be on Square Piece, not Facebook (though those comments are fun, too).

There needn’t be any voodoo or black magic to predict the gender.  No crystal balls are necessary.  Please don’t feel obligated to consult any mediums or self-professed prophets to get this right.  Just a silly, go-with-your-gut impulse is all this takes!

Have fun playing along!  


  1. May 18, 2012

    I predict that it will be a boy. Btw, last Friday you looked so radiant. Your being screams happiness.

  2. May 18, 2012

    Girl girl girl! I think it will be a girl, and a little Suzie would be too cute!!

  3. May 18, 2012

    I’m guessing its a baby girl!

  4. May 18, 2012

    I think you are having a smiling baby boy with big green eyes that colors pictures and gives kisses with cookies crumbs on his cheeks!

  5. May 18, 2012

    I am completely addicted to your blog! I can’t wait for my email notifications of a new Square Piece post. 🙂

    My prediction is that you and Brian are going to have a little boy. Either way – boy or girl – this baby is blessed beyond belief to have parents like the two of you.

  6. May 18, 2012

    Grandma would love either one, but I’m thinking it’s going to be a beautiful little [name giveaway] (wait, is there an e on that???).

  7. May 18, 2012
    Nicole K.

    I’m guessing a boy, with all of the joy that will bring. 🙂

  8. May 18, 2012
    lisa mikitarian

    Girl! And I love your blog.

  9. May 18, 2012

    The night peeing thing only gets worse 🙂 I wake up like five times a night. Oh and you’re having a girl….so that our daughters can play Barbie together, and because her heart beat is high like sophias. P.s I’m REALLY going to miss u and Brian nexts week :'(

  10. May 18, 2012

    Ah! I can’t wait until you find out your baby’s gender! Well, at first I was thinking boy. But, now I am kinda thinking girl at this point. There is an old wives tale that a fast heart rate means girl, and lots of women say it’s true. So, I am going against my better judgement and saying girl because of your baby’s heart rate. :-p (Although, my baby girl defies that one…she has a low heart rate…)

  11. May 18, 2012

    In my experience a high heart rate says its a girl! Love your blog.

  12. May 18, 2012

    I think boy. At first I thought girl, but then I thought no I’m wrong it’s a boy. So I’m going with boy…. Haha

  13. May 18, 2012

    I wish I could see you in person. Im better at guessing if I can see you, but here it goes: girl. (although it could be a boy 😛 As i see it there is a 50/50 chance for either gender) lol

  14. May 18, 2012

    I think you and Brian are gonna have a…….boy! But it could be a….girl…..either will be a an incredible blessing. And he or she will be so incredibly loved by you and B!

  15. May 18, 2012
    Cindi Loretz

    You know your pregnancy sounds a lot like my getting old, forgetfulness, blank stares, having to pee more…yours will go away and mine will get worse! LOL

    I predict a little girl that you can do all kinds of fun things with her hair.

  16. May 18, 2012

    They say kegal exercises help with delivery…you should try those so it will be easier to push him out 😉

  17. May 18, 2012
    Jessica croft


  18. May 18, 2012

    I would hope you’d tell me anyways, but I predict boy or surprise twins one boy one girl haha. Love you!

  19. May 18, 2012
    charles armstrong

    Girl or boy, let me ponder:…………………., girl!!!!!!!

  20. May 18, 2012
    Nick Horton

    I’m predicting girl. When I brought up praying for you and your baby at youth group the other night I teased Olivia and Donovan and said we should “pray for your niece.” Glad you all are doing well.

  21. May 18, 2012
    Janice Cline

    Since it’s a 50/50 toss up, I say boy. But that is based on my assumptions about your queesiness being gone. With my girls, it tapered off gradually for a long time. With my boy, it stopped abruptly around 9-10 weeks. I read a lot of your posts and really enjoy them. You have the transparency that truly shares the humor we need. Thank you for your efforts.

  22. May 18, 2012

    Both! You’re having twins. 🙂 Sorry, I just had to come up with a way to guess differently than everyone else… Hey, its possible.

  23. May 18, 2012

    I am picturing a girl!

  24. May 18, 2012

    I am guessing it is going to be a girl…no, maybe a boy…I don’t know, it is so hard to decide….I’m going to stick with a girl.

  25. May 18, 2012

    I’m going to say girl

    even the toughest of men become marshmallows when they become daddies, but when they become daddies of girls, they completely MELT and it is SUCH a joy to watch a big strong man become a complete pile of mush over his new baby girl

  26. May 18, 2012

    First comment ever: BOYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

  27. May 18, 2012

    Don’t I qualify? I already wrote my comment earlier in the week. In case not, I better re-guess here:


  28. May 18, 2012

    Wait a minute, did you lose patience and pay beaucoup bucks to discover already?

  29. May 18, 2012

    Gotta say, I’m really feeling girl here. At least it should be a girl…sometime a girl should benefit from being your daughter. : )

  30. May 18, 2012

    i predict a boy! i just love reading your blog…you have a wonderful way with words.

  31. May 18, 2012

    Wow, look at all the comments your getting!! Are there non-pregnant people in your yoga class?

    As I’ve said before…..think it’s a girl.

  32. May 18, 2012

    I’m thinking it’s a girl!

  33. May 18, 2012

    I’m gonna have to go with boy. That’s what seems to be trending around the salon 😉

  34. May 18, 2012
    Rebecca Ogle

    I am really thinking that it is going to be a girl!

  35. May 18, 2012

    I think it’s a girl…a sweet precious girl….that’s gonna try your patience, run you ragged, make you second guess everything you ever did as child, and really make you wonder how you ever became so blessed to be a mom:)

  36. May 18, 2012
    Donna Hodson

    Grandma thinks it is going to be a boy!
    I can’t wait to see how you are going to tell us:)
    Love you both!!!

  37. May 18, 2012

    I’m addicted to your blog! You bring a smile to my face every day. I am beyond excited for you guys….and I think it is a GIRL. My 3 girls all had fast heart rates as well, so that’s how I’m formulating my scientific guess! :-).

  38. May 18, 2012

    I said you were having a boy in April, and I still think the little one will be a boy.

  39. Okay, I’m saying girl, but only because the heart rate is a girl heart rate *for me*. Although it would sure be nice for somebody in the church to start having a baby boy for once, LOL!

  40. May 18, 2012
    Mandy M

    Girl!!!!! But whether it’s a boy or a girl, I can’t wait to meet him/her!!!

  41. May 19, 2012
    Aunt Linda

    I hope it is going to be a boy, just like his daddy.

  42. May 19, 2012
    Kelly N

    My gut instinct is to guess boy, although I have no good reason or experience to back it up.
    By the way, it turns out Scarlett did tell me you were pregnant, and somehow I forgot! I’m loving your blog. Thanks for sharing it with me!

  43. May 19, 2012
    Memaw & Grandaddy

    Great Grandma hopes a beautiful girl

  44. May 19, 2012

    It’s a girl. Gotta even out the numbers. Currently your household has 3 boys and 2 girls. But if I have rhw animal’s genders wrong, still going with a girl.

  45. May 19, 2012

    no thinking or analyizing, gut says …its a boy!

  46. May 19, 2012
    Rachel Johnson

    Its a girl it’s girl!!!(join my club;))

  47. May 20, 2012

    I’m going with the minority and saying…boy. I love your blog. It’s touching and funny. You and Brian are going to be fabulous parents!

  48. May 20, 2012
    Hazel kent

    For my [personal reasons], I have to predict a girl.

  49. May 20, 2012

    I just LOVE your blog. My guess: boy

  50. May 20, 2012

    Girl 🙂

  51. May 21, 2012
    erin mcdonald

    Oh and for the record, here in the Philippines if you are looking beautiful they say you will have a girl, the opposite if you are having a boy sooooo since everyone is telling you how beautiful you are looking these days I am sticking with GIRL!! Oh and I was told by my not so favorite woman at church when prego with my son I quote, “Erin! You look so ugly!” I was later told what that means but still took it very hard!

  52. May 21, 2012

    Boy oh boy!

  53. May 21, 2012

    I was right…. hee hee

  54. May 21, 2012
    Lauren Kushin

    I have totally changed my mind and switched to girl:)

  55. May 21, 2012

    My guess is a girl!
    Your blog is very fun.

  56. May 29, 2012
    Danielle Rollins

    I don’t know you, and likewise you don’t know me either. But i saw your post on a friends page and thought I’d check it out. I am a mother of 2 and feel sooo deeply that being a mother is one of life’s greatest rewards! May God bless you and your family now and always. Thanks for your lighthearted humor as it helps remind me to relax and enjoy every minute of everyday!……now i will predict if i may that you will have a little girl!

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