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Pregnancy Update {weeks 36 & 37}

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Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 1.54.54 PMWould you guys stop reading if I just started singing Justin Bieber? I guess we’ll see….

Baby baby baby oh baby.

I cannot get this song out of my head…probably because I have a baby cookin’ away in my oven! #damnyoujustinbieber #Isecretlyloveyou

Things are getting large, puffy and squishy in here, let me tell you! Yikes.

I’ve been struggling to get rid of this cough I talked about in my last baby update post. Just when I think I’m starting to get better, I start feeling worse. At my appointment on Tuesday, my doctor prescribed a Z-pack for me. Still have the cough….so time will only tell if this is bacterial or viral.

I have a hunch that this is just a string of viral infections. My body’s immunity is already weak and then I happen to come in contact with a new group of evil devilish viruses that are like “hey guys, I found a weak place we can set up shop!” thus making me sicker. I bet that’s what it is considering the medicine I take doesn’t work AT ALL. You should see my medicine cabinet, ya’ll! It’s full to the brim.

Besides that, I’ve been feeling great–pregnancy wise. Baby is moving, growing, kicking, shifting and is as just as uncomfortable as me!

My measurements are right on for delivering on the 29th, so that’s what I’m planning on. Still about 10 pounds lighter than I was last pregnancy, but feel smaller because I’m in smaller sized clothing. Don’t be fooled. I’m just talking about my lower half. My belly is super large and I’m seriously having trouble moving, bending, breathing and all that good stuff. Basically everything but my belly is smaller than it was last time, but still big. Does that make sense? GREAT.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 1.54.59 PMSome interesting facts:

-I’m dilated to almost 2 cm, 60% effaced with the head locked and loaded in my pelvis. Yes, it’s as comfortable as it sounds. When the doctor was checking me he was trying to move the baby’s head and was like “yeah, THAT’s not moving at all“. So, the head is station at +2.

-These stats are misleading because I was fully effaced at 3 cm with Brooke the first time around for 3 weeks and she came on her due date. I fully expect this baby to take his sweet time.

-No stretch marks on my belly!! Hurray for good genes. Ernhofer women were meant to birth babies {as my mother would say}.

-I told my husbandย I didn’t have any stretch marks and he was like “that can’t be possible” and then spent the next 15 minutes examining my entire midsection. Guess who won that battle? Seriously, boys are so stupid. #toldyaso

-I feel contractions from time to time…nothing to write home about. Also feel those menstrual cramps too a bunch…except they’re baby cramps?!

-A lot of people are asking me when I’m due which can only mean {1} I look like I’m ready to be done being pregnant or {2} am just HUGE. I assume it is both of these.

I think that’s about it for now…


-Do you know people who are as miserable as I am who’ve been sick for 3+ weeks with a cough? Please say yes.

-I’ve been looking into apps for pregnancy and such. My friends started something called Preggo Pager that I need to sign up for. Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Basically, it sets you up to send out mass texts to friends and family to update them on the pregnancy and delivery so you don’t have to call a zillion people. {There really are a zillion people in our families combined.} Also on my phone is the Contraction Master. Can’t wait to use that little gem ๐Ÿ™‚

-By the same people as Contraction Master is the Nursing Master. I’ll be getting this one a little later on cause it’s cool and I think I’d use it. Also, I’m a forgetful spaz.

What apps do you use? Pregnancy, labor, delivery, new baby, etc. Let me know which ones are the best! Thanks!


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  2. Elle

    So I’m both amazed and embarrassed. I love your site, and I found it while I was pregnant myself (my girl was born 10-11-12). I need to learn how to cook, so I bookmarked it, and then got so overwhelmed with first time mommyhood, that I haven’t been back in a while… about 6 months. Completely missed your whole pregnancy! So now that I’ve finally gotten control of myself and the house, I realized I need to get in gear with teaching myself to cook, so I’m back and excited for your new addition! I do just want to say thank you for the easy recipes because most blogs I find are too “gourmet” or difficult for beginners!

  3. Tanis

    I had a terrible cough for weeks prior to delivering. It stopped the instant our girl arrived. (Turns out, for me, it was a symptom caused by acid reflux.)

    Love your blog, and LOVE your daughters new bedroom makeover!

  4. Amanda

    You’re almost there! Love your pregnancy updates. I had a little girl in January and we use Feed Baby Pro — we can track nursing, pumping, diapers, bottles, naps, and her growth. Plus if you pay a couple bucks for the Pro version you can sync across devices, so the hubs can track the diapers he changes himself ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck, and hope you feel better soon!

  5. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I use the BabyNursing App! For the first couple of months I was able to keep track of nursing times and diaper changes. I still use the app and we are at 4 1/2 months.

  6. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Such a great update. I used the contraction master app. It was golden because I could just click the button and wait and stop… time again etc. I didn’t use any others but that mass text one sounds interesting! I hope you’re feeling better sooner than later! And fingers crossed he doesn’t make you wait too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. amy @ fearless homemaker

    You look wonderful! I’m just a few weeks behind you, pregnant with our first. =) I’m going to check out the contraction app now!

  8. Julie @ Table for Two

    Haha, I love your pregnancy updates. They make me laugh – Gordon cracks me up. I can’t believe he wouldn’t believe you! Dummy ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t believe how close it is!! I’m SO excited for you, Brooke, and Gordon! Can’t wait to see you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Kalie

    I’ve enjoyed following your pregnancy bc our due dates were close–I had my baby yesterday actually! You look great! People also started asking me if I was due soon same as you and I definitely don’t think it’s because you look big…it is def because the baby has dropped and there’s nowhere to hide it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I used the Tums to Mums Hypnobirthing app. It had an affirmations track and a relaxation app, both about 10 minutes or so, which helped me relax, sleep, and mentally prepare. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  10. Karen

    Seems like all systems are go. Hope that cough resolves. Maybe all that coughing will help with the delivery….fat chance, right? Poor baby must be thinking he is living through earthquakes when you cough. I send you all best wishes. Don’t want to burst your bubble…I never had any stretch marks either, but what happens when you reach my age…57….all that tight skin you had in your abdominal area is loose skin…from all the stretching…or that is my current theory. I got huge when I was full term. You look wonderful by the way!

  11. Jenny @ BAKE

    hope your cough gets better soon! you must be so excited to be so close to meeting your new little family member!

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  13. Barb

    Your pregnancy went by so fast…for me at least.

    I wanted to share with you that i too had trouble getting pregnant. My daughter, Felicity, almost 5 now, was born via IVF and my baby, Faith, a year old now, came naturally. Children are such a blessingb, but getting pregnant was the most difficult thing i ever had to do. Anyway, I am thrilled for you and I will keep you in my prayers for a safe and joyful arrival of your little Angel.

    Take care and get some some sleep while you still can. :o)

  14. Shawna Miller

    I was horribly sick with the cold of a lifetime a month before delivery, including a really nasty cough. Then i had to have an emergency C section which paired with a cough was a disaster! I BEGGED JBER for antibiotics after my surgery, to no avail ๐Ÿ™ Then to add to this my Daughter suffered a massive seizure the day after delivery and had to be transferred to Prov NICU. And of course I wasnt allowed in to see my baby for the first 7 days because I was so Ill! I finally broke down and went to the ER at JBER and Dr. Taylor was amazing!!! He said anything past ten days is out of his comfort zone and it may or may not work but im giving you antibiotics, what can it hurt?? I felt better than I had in a month within 24 hours and was soon finally well enough to enter the NICU again to see my baby! And if you dont know when having any kind of surgery they give you a huge dose of antibiotic to prevent against infection, Eurthromiacin (sp) didnt work. Augmentin DID! good luck!

  15. Chels

    When I was about 12 weeks pregnant this past June, I had the worst cough and it took me nearly 2 months for it to go away. I ended up fracturing a rib from all the coughing and I as put on bed rest for a week and I wasn’t allowed to lift anything but my purse. It was awful!!!!!! I hope your meds make it go away fast! I’ll be praying for ya ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way- Brooke is so so cute!

  16. Danielle

    You are getting so close. That is super exciting. And you look fabulous!

    I have totally had that cough that won’t go away before. What finally knocked it out was treating it more like asthma and taking Advair. Don’t know if you can do that while pregnant or nursing but might be worth asking about.

    Good luck!