Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas time!

The tree is all decorated for Christmas 2010! You can see one of our new ornaments right in front ("our dog"). We decided Chez needed her own ornament before we started in on the baby ones :)

Tiny little stocking got added to the fireplace this year. We'll upgrade him next year, but Mike thought since he's going to be so little this year it'd be a cute idea.

And the annual dog-posed-in-front-of-tree picture. Sure to turn into the annual child-posed-in-front-of-tree picture next year. The thing with the dog and the tree is that it really doesn't change much year after year. Case in point- 2009 picture here.

testing it out

Clearly one of the individuals in this picture is more excited about the iPad than the other. It was funny, right before I took this picture, the dog had been watching over Mike's shoulder to see what he was doing for at least a few minutes. This electronic device made its way into our house last night, but don't worry folks, he's only giving it a "test drive" for the 14 day no strings attached trial period. Supposedly its going back to the store at the end, but I for one am prepared for it to be here to stay :)

christmas cards

One of the very few things left on my famous to do list before baby google doc is to pick out Christmas cards for this year. I'm optimistic that 1) this little guy is going to show up a week-ish early 2) I'll be able to get some great pictures of him immediately and 3) I'll be able to order, stamp, address, and mail Christmas cards in relatively quick time. With that being said, I apologize in advance for the potential late arrival of your 2010 Christmas card from the Cunningham family.

I was pretty excited to be reading a friend's blog to see that Shutterfly is running a promotion where bloggers can write up a blog post about some of their favorite cards and earn 50 freebies... sweet! (Check out all their Christmas cards here.) So here's a few of the ones I'm looking at for this year :)

All the cards I'm looking at have room for another picture and an extended message inside, so we can do a Christmas message/birth announcement at the same time. I'm thinking just a picture of our little guy on the front and then maybe a smaller picture with all of us on the inside. Or not.

I really like the snow flakes and simple message on this one.

Maybe this one just caught my eye because the picture we use is likely to be pretty similar to this one :)

This one struck me as being more elegant and more "Christmas card-y". Have I mentioned I like to save our photo Christmas card each year so that down the road I can do something crafty with them? Don't know what yet though.

Pure and simple joy. I like that a lot too.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

very thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

37 weeks... getting close!

37 weeks = full term pregnancy! This baby is fully cooked and more than welcome to arrive whenever he chooses to do so! 37 weeks marked a couple of milestones in the Cunningham house. Not only did it mean that now there's a very real possibility Troy could be showing up any time, but it also marked Mike's return from his FINAL trip before baby. It seems like there's always the "next trip" to look ahead to when Mike gets home, but as I was driving home from work yesterday to see him, I reminded myself, no next trip until at least January... and why is there no next trip? Oh that's right, because a BABY is coming soon!

This week is also Thanksgiving week, in fact, our family is starting to arrive tonight. We're blessed to have Mom, Dad, Andy and Daria all trekking down by us for Thanksgiving this year AND my mom is taking the reigns in our kitchen to prep Thanksgiving. Thanks in advance, you guys, for coming to be with us this Thanksgiving!

In other pregnancy/baby news, nothing too exciting. My latest midwife check-up was uneventful, which is great of course. Everything is on track, my blood pressure is still good and I even went down a pound from last week (don't worry, I still have plenty to spare! haha) Troy is doing great in there and the midwife referred to him as an "8 pounder" yesterday (though that's based on nothing concrete, since they really have no clue how big he is by just feeling my belly). All my appointments are made through my due date and I'm just praying I don't have to make any more beyond that. Even though its down right freezing outside now, I'm hoping to start walking, at least a couple times a week for these last few weeks to help things get moving. I thought about walking around the mall but that seems a little dangerous, especially this time of year!

And now we wait... everybody is looking at me like I'm a time bomb these days, from people I meet up with for dinner ("I just had in my head you were going to go into labor while we were here tonight, but now that we're leaving, I see that you're not." to the fam when they were sitting around last night and got a call from Mike's cel and couldn't help but jump to the conclusion when they saw caller ID "why would Mike be calling from HIS phone, and not from Amy's, like they always do?!"

Even though I am very ready for Troy to arrive and for us to have our baby here in our arms instead of squished away where he's at right now, I've told myself that each day we have from here on out is a day that we won't get back again. One that Mike and I can spend just getting some sweet time with the two of us, before it turns into the three of us from here on out!

Monday, November 15, 2010

return of the snack attack

Last week I wasn't feeling quite myself, even though the hospital gave me the two thumbs up when they sent me home on Monday. So that meant lots of sleep, a less than great appetite for the better part of the week and no middle of the night snack attacks!

Today at 2:30am... the snack attack has returned. So as I sit down here eating some of my natural applesauce (my earliest and really only craving from pregnancy), drinking a glass of water, staring at an empty baby swing and pack n play, I can't help but start to get really excited for what lies ahead. Yes, I know after a couple weeks of little to no sleep , I'm going to be so tired and wiped out... but these 2:30am snack breaks are going to be so, so much better when I'm getting up to go pick up my little guy in the next room and spend some sweet time with him in the middle of the night :)

What's it going to be? 1 more week? 5 more weeks? Whatever it is, bring it on. We're ready for ya, Troy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

blegh (literally)

So not what I had in mind for my Monday! I got back from my inaugural trip to Carle Labor and Delivery a couple hours ago. After a very un-fun night of getting sick I began to get dehydrated and called in to see what I should do. The consensus was that I needed to come in to check on Troy and get an IV with some fluids. So we got what Mike called our "dry run" and spent a few hours hooked up to monitors and an IV to get me rehydrated. Troy did great the whole time, they just said his heartbeat was a little fast when I arrived and then it slowed down after I was there awhile. And I was having some really tiny contractions from time to time that they didn't even feel the need to check me for.

So thankfully, after a few hours, I was allowed an orange popsicle, some water and graham crackers and then I was released! I was diagnosed with not the flu or anything viral, but simply vomiting during pregnancy. Ew. Please pray that I continue to feel well and that this does NOT come back again! Little guy, you need to keep cooking in there a few more weeks and I want to feel well while you're in there!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nursery (nearly) complete!

Well except for a few more things that I need to hang on the walls, and my beloved glider that I sit in nightly downstairs in the living room, the nursery is complete! THANK YOU to each and every person that has come to one of our showers OR blessed us with a gift in recent weeks/months. Thanks to you, our little guy is well equipped with stuff (er... we're well equipped for our little guy!)

The crib is all set now with everything washed and ready.

Our bookcase/random storage area. The glider will go right next to it.

Changing area is ready now, including diapers and wipes!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chambana shower

This Saturday, I was blessed to spend a few hours with some awesome women here in C-U to celebrate baby Troy's upcoming arrival. It struck me on the way home that just about 3 years ago I hadn't even met most of these women, and now I can't imagine "doing life" without them now!

The spread of food at the shower, including one of the delicious cakes I've ever had, was all that a pregnant woman could ask for. It was great to be able to chat with everyone over lunch and to gather some "mommy wisdom" from a lot of the people there. There were even a few babies there to remind me of what's on the way in a very short while!

When it came time to open gifts, I had tons of fun going through all the great books, clothes and helpful odds and ends we'll be needing for baby. And thanks to all the guests, everything we needed for the nursery came together and I was able to come home and have all kinds of fun up there organizing!

Alyssa, thank you so much for having this shower for me- I'm so grateful! And thank you to all of the guests that were able to share this special day with me!

If you'd like to see more pictures from the shower, my friend Carrie put together a super cute slideshow set to music that you can view here. Thanks Carrie!

The amazingly delicious cake that guests had no problem polishing off!

So glad we remembered to take a picture together... me and my fabulous shower hostess, Alyssa!

Friday, November 5, 2010

giving it away

With the holiday season (and all it brings to the Cunningham house this year) right around the corner, I can't help but get a little caught up in all the new commercials (kudos to Macy's for making me cry repeatedly by using "Seasons of Love" in their new holiday commercial) or picking out Christmas cards/ birth announcements (which I didn't even know existed until the last few weeks!)

This week at work, I've been doing a lot of work on projects for this weekend's holiday outreach fair at the Vineyard. We take some time a few weeks before Thanskgiving to compile a list of all the different outreaches happening Thanksgiving through Christmas so that people can plan ahead for how they'd like to volunteer and give this holiday season. It's been a great project to work on, and I'm excited to see it all come together this weekend. And its been refreshing for me.

One of my favorite parts of the holidays the last few years has been giving it away. Thankfully, my relationship with Mike brings a wide variety of great things into my life, and we continue to challenge each other year after year to get involved and give back to our community in new and exciting ways, not just at the holidays but all throughout the year. Just today, he heard about a local food bank collecting donations to feed families at Thanksgiving for $15 each. It's humbling to think that as we sit at our Thanksgiving this year and think about what we're thankful for, other families will be sititng around their tables here in Champaign-Urbana thankful for the meal before them that they may not have had otherwise. Things like this are what get me excited and I simply cannot wait to start teaching my baby boy how to live the generous life.

So while I think (no, strongly believe) that regular, generous giving all year long is important to walking out a life that resembles Christ, opportunites to jump in feet first and give in a new way may be more available than any other time of year during these next couple months. And regardless of whether you consider yourself a Christ-follower or not, it really is just a great time of year to do something simple for someone in need in your own community. I think you'll enjoy it and know without a doubt someone will appreciate your sacrifice.

If you want help finding something to be a part of these next few months in your own community, please let me know and I'm happy to give you some hopefully creative ideas and scope out what I can via the internet. Whether you want to give your time by volunteering, support a local organization financially or adopt a family and full-out shop for gifts for them while you shop for you own fam, I'd love to see you find something that gets YOUR blood pumping and blesses someone in the process :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Track babies

So apparently something is in the water at Mike's work! A total of five babies are either just born (in the last month or two) or due to arrive in the next couple months. After work, they put together an awesome sweets and punch party for the five families to celebrate the arrival of their little ones. Everything they gave us was super thoughtful, and I didn't even think to snap a picture of it all until we brought it home and took it apart!

Thanks Jenn, and the Litania (AKA Gill/Porter) crew, for blessing us with some great gifts for Troy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

34 weeks

Just a little update :) Today marks 34 weeks of pregnancy. I've been pregnant for about 8 months. 8 months ago today, we were on vacation in Miami and the Keys, and the day after we got home, found out Troy was on his way!

My appointment at the midwife went well today and for the first time I was measuring "ahead" a week or so (measuring 35 weeks instead of what I am, 34). From what I understand, this really doesn't mean anything at all as far as when baby will be making his arrival, but its worth noting I suppose.

And that's really about it for today. Just trucking along as the weeks fly by! Now back to watching my belly jump around as he kicks like crazy in there :)