Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Troy is the size of an eggplant this month now, which judging from how hard he's kicking these days, I think he's an awfully large eggplant! He's always really active after any meal, I can usually feel him when I get up for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night, and loud music (church, concerts, whatever) always perks him up too. In fact, this morning while I was getting ready for work, I laid down for a few and was able to see my belly moving when he kicked for the first time! Now that we're getting closer to him arriving, I start to think more and more about how these day to day things are going to change once we have an "outside baby" as opposed to a little guy who just goes along for the ride wherever, whenever.
His bedroom is coming along great, too! I think all the painting is DONE after checking out Mike's work from last night in the daytime light this morning. I love the color, and we've found some adorable "Team Safari" gear for the walls (thank you, Ebay!) After that, we'll start getting some furniture in there and it'll start to look like a real room!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
With our two year anniversary quickly approaching (Monday) I got to thinking how great of a wife Amy is. And when you boil it all down, add it all up, and think straight on it, she's is #1 super fun high fantastic uber wife!
Guys, she's the bee's knees (what does that even mean?!). She is a great cook, funny as all get out, let's me do whatever I want (within reason), highly encouraging, super helpful, an awesome Believer, a great friend (not only to me, but to you too!), crazy selfless, and well I could go on but it's almost 1am and I really need to go to bed (got to finish that paint job).
So with the second anniversary right around the corner, I've got to tell you, there can only be one first place and Amy takes it. I'm super thankful that I have found my soulmate, best friend, and future mom of my child all in one person. I know you guys are jealous that I found the #1 wife out there, but it's ok. I bet you think your wife is super great too, huh? I even bet she'd love to hear you tell her. What do you say?
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Then we'll have our glider, and maybe some other small storage, like a 2 shelf bookcase or something down the road. Our closet has TONS of storage so I don't have a need for too many things to be stored in drawers :)
What do you think? What's worked well for you?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
My start to my week has been a little slow. After a great weekend, where I felt really good for a few days in a row, I spent most of yesterday (and am realizing today is starting the same way) just totally wiped out. I feel like I'm back in the first few months of pregnancy again. It's amazing how after 9 1/2 solid hours of great sleep I can wake up and feel like I just could go back to bed all over again. Thankfully, Dr Google tells me this should be short lived and that kind of fatigue shouldn't come back for a long stretch until the very end. It's also a huge bonus that even when I'm feeling really tired, I can still feel Troy moving around in there and having a great time. Nothing really seems to bother him :)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
So I've been searching for some new "go to" recipes to throw into the mix for the nights I don't feel like cooking, but want a good meal. This one has been the first one that we've both actually really liked; I also really like that you can mix it up a little and pair it with pretty much any basic side of veggies or whatever. So I've typed it up to share with you. From the Campbells one dish meal cookbook...
Campbells Chicken and Stuffing Skillet
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Then today, the plan was to head out and do some shopping, then go back towards Champaign for lunch before Mom and Dad drove home to Chicago. I did a quick google search to try and find a Babies R Us near our hotel last night and couldn't find one... BUT as we caravan-ed over to the gas station to fuel up, what did we stumble across.... Babies R Us!! Sweet! So all four of us went over there for a "quick 10 minute trip", which ended up being much longer. We got into the nursery bedding section and started looking at all the different options... yes, we had been moving forward with the turtle idea BUT Mike had been a little discontent with the whole turtle theme from the get go. So since we haven't painted anything yet, we thought we'd entertain the idea of seeing what else was out there. And, together, we came to this decision to join TEAM SAFARI (that's the name of the bedding, FYI). I think it'll be super cute for little Troy's room, and since Mike wanted a sports theme and I wanted animals this is a good cross :)
After our extended 10 minute trip to Babies R Us we got on the road, and I quickly realized I would be hungry long before we got back to Champaign... SO we decided to stop at the Beef House in Covington, IN instead. Much like Avanti's last week, Beef House had been built up to be this great place "worth the trip", etc for me for the last few years. Thankfully, it WAS a great place and our meal was beyond delicious and I'm still full hours later :) Thanks Mom, Dad and Mike for a fun weekend!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Now it doesn't feel like he is growing slowly at all... those kicks are packing some serious punch these days! I can't imagine what its like to have 3, 4 or 6 pounds of baby kicking me instead of the just over 1 pound that's in there right now. Gone are the tiny little bubbly feeling flutters, and here are the knees, elbows, arms and everything else. Just to be clear, these movements are much more fun, since now I can interact with him a bit more when he gets going. If I rub my belly where he's kicking he'll usually kick back harder, and I can tell where he's laying (sort of) now, too. No clue what I'm feeling, but I can tell there's a baby in there :)
I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going by... I feel like its going to continue to go quickly too. With every passing week, we get one week closer to meeting our little guy, and keep getting more and more excited for that day. I know its going to be hard work and challenging at times, but I cannot WAIT to meet you, baby Troy :) We are all going to have so much fun!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Fast forward to 2010. I've learned a lot more about this event and all that goes into it through my job at the church, so I asked Mike if he'd be interested in volunteering with me at the event. I was excited to see how it all came together :) And did it ever! Three days before the Blast, we had closed registration at over 500 kids, but had collected less than 3o0 backpacks to date. Going along with our current sermon series, "Miraculous Multiplication", we started praying that our backpacks would miraculously be multiplied by the event. By the day of the event, just three days later, our church family brought in a total of nearly 800 backpacks, at least enough for every registered child and more :)
The event was awesome. Families were not only blessed with free backpacks and school supplies, but also a dinner, food from our food pantry, manicures, haircuts, back to school physicals, photos, prayer, prophetic encouragement, dream interpretation and more. I felt so blessed to be a part of this church family, being the hands and feet of Jesus right here in our community. A few highlights since I could go on and on...
- Mike and I were walking to our registration station and he stopped to talk to someone so I turned around to see what was going on. He had found the boy that picked out the backpack he had donated! (The boy was walking around wearing it.) It was a cool sporty backpack from a track thing earlier this year. It was awesome he got to meet the kid that directly benefited from his donation. If I was truly a great picture taker/ blogger, I would have caught the two of them for a photo before we continued on our way.
- I got to see a few of the families I used to work closely with at the YMCA, including one very special family. The mom came up to me at registration and told me they still had a picture up in their house of me and their family at a Christmas outreach we held back in 07, and when I found her to catch up more later, she was excited to tell me about all the great things happening with her family now, like having a car and a license and moving to a new neighborhood. She was interested in bringing the kids back to church so I made sure to give her my info in case they wanted to meet up one weekend.
- It hit me last night as I watched a few of my friends toting along their infants as they served that by this time next year WE will have a little one in our arms to show him what its like to be like Jesus and serve others. That opportunity, my friends, is more exciting than anything else :)
With the gamble that this will sound like the beginning of an AA meeting here we go; Hi, my name is Mike. (hi mike!) I am a Troyaholic. It's been almost exactly 13 years to the day that I became a fan of the greatest university in the world, Troy (State) University.
I know, I know, that is a HUGE shock to those that know me or know me through my lovely wife Amy. If you really know us, then you have seen Troyville (the basement), perused the website I own (www.GoTroyTrojans.com) and maybe even know that our future son (December, holy cow!) will be named Troy Michael Cunningham. I wanted to write this blog to introduce everyone to why he will be named Troy, as I assume most of you think we're doing it because I went to school there and come hell or highwater, my son will be named after my alma mater because our football team is better then yours! You couldn't be further from the truth.
You see, life is not a vacuum. We are all influenced in some form of fashion by those we interact with and with those we observe. Even the most independent of us have been manipulated by those that partake in our life. Some of us had tremendously great parents who helped nurture us, supported us, and generally showed us that we were great and that we could do anything. Through their teachings, lessons, and example, we were molded into the great and wonderful people that we are today.
Others of us had some life changing experience that showed us that we were strong, influential, and maybe even intelligent. From a near death experience to a volunteer adventure, these different happenings can really set us on our path. No matter where that path leads us or will lead us.
For me, my thing was college. It all started because I was in college in the first place! My family had no previous college experience and I was the first to go. That in and of itself was a major accomplishment in my life. But that was only the beginning, because as you see, the college I attended changed me and made me in ways that I never thought it would. In fact, I fought the mold my college life was putting me and yet it won. Thank God.
My college, TROY University, surrounded me with people that genuinly loved me and more importantly they showed me someone who truthfully loved me; God. While I didn't know it at the time, people such as Melissa Daily, Courtney Culbertson and Bob Lambert where encouraging me to go to church, explore my faith and learn what The Good News is. I resisted. Trust me, I resisted. Yet they persisted. Not in an overbearing way, but in a loving friendly Godly way. And while these three Trojans were the leaders in sculpting my faith, there are so many others who were just as influential. I couldn't even begin to name them all.
So, why am I naming my first born TROY? It's not because our football team is awesome. It's not because my degree is from there. And it's not because I started my track and field career there. I'm naming my son Troy to thank all the people who had influence over me during my time there. From those that I remain in contact with today, to those that I touch base with once very year or two, and even to those nameless that I only remember the example that they set. It's because TROY University made me who I am today. It helped make me a Believer and I can never thank the people who made TROY what it was to me enough.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Then we had our midwife appointment and Mike got to meet my favorite midwife so far. We hadn't even walked back out to the waiting room by the time he said he liked her a whole lot too! Though the other one I've met is great too, and I still have a third to meet next month, I definitely hope this one is on call when baby comes. She told us that Troy is in the 48% percentile for his age, so he's pretty much right on average. His heartbeat was 145 at this appointment too, which seems to be about where its been the last 3 months.
After the ultrasound, Mike and I went out to lunch (BW3, his pick. If it was a girl, I was going to pick where to go for lunch, and a boy, Mike would) and then I took Mike back to work and left to do some shopping with Jackie and Tessa. I made a beline for the baby boy clothes at Kohls and had a ton of fun picking some cute outfits out. Little Troy is going to have a styling wardrobe by the time he arrives!
And now, what you've been waiting for! A few pics of baby... meet Michael Troy(edit: Troy Michael)!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm also dealing with some of the not-so-fun parts of pregnancy these past few days. I have been experiencing some pretty bad round ligament pain during the day, usually during the afternoon and into the evening. Yesterday in particular it was really bad. I called into the office (my first actual call in this whole pregnancy) and they reassured me it was normal. Any woman I talk to, whether she was last pregnant 40 years ago or 4 months ago, immediately knows what pain I'm referring to. The great thing about it is that laying down and putting my feet up, switching sides tends to help a lot, so its a great excuse to prop my feet up and talk to the baby (who usually kicks in response) so whether I'm at work or at home, I get some quality time with our sweet little one :) It's incredible how just feeling a couple of those little kicks makes any pain totally worth it!