Wednesday, June 29, 2011


He's definitely right handed! Tonight I let him "paint" with his peas.

soooooo ready

Track season is travel season around the Cunningham house, which means that Mike is on and off the road quite a bit. On Monday night, Mike returned from a trip that lasted just under a week. Less than an hour before we left for the airport, chaos broke loose. The dog stood in front of me and stared at me, whining off and on. Troy was just generally unhappy and I was just ready for Mike to be back. Don't watch this video if a crying baby will bother you!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a lot has changed

two weeks old
6 months, 2 weeks old
But many things have remained the same. Troy still passes out like a little milk drunk at least once a day :)

mmm, dinner!

Troy is eating two meals of solid foods a day now. It has helped me figure out what to feed him at each meal, and try to stick to some fruit with oatmeal in the morning (just like my breakfast!) and some veggie (and sometimes meat) purees for dinner. Here he is eating a lovely sweet potato/zucchini combination!

Nose buried in a book

This photo wasn't staged at all. I pray that Troy has a love for books, just like I did as a kid. Lots of good memories lugging our library bag to and from the library with the max number of books checked out that you could have. A week or two ago, I brought a bunch of board books from his bookshelf upstairs down into the living room toy box. I'll put one out on the ground and he usually picks it up and has learned how to open the pages. He does, however, usually try to chew on them at some point, but he tries to chew on everything :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

"I will NOT smile for you, Mom"

I've decided this fun face where Troy tucks in his lower lip is what he does when I'm trying to get him to smile for a picture (and a bunch of other random times). Nonetheless, its pretty stinkin' cute. Here are a few different shots of him today while I was trying to get a grin out of him. You can tell he's smiling, he's just still got that lip tucked in :)

a date with Alicia

My good friend and former co-worker from ACS, Alicia, was visiting C-U this past weekend! Alicia and I first met when we were working at ACS, then we found out we went to the same church and she later was one of the first three women that launched the first small group I led. Alicia and I have had this special friendship throughout the last few years and I am so, so grateful for her! The very same week Troy was born, Alicia was in the process of relocating back to her home city of St Louis...but lucky for us, she still has several ties to C-U so we get to see her from time to time :) And Troy and I will always be eager to tag along on Mike's trips to St Louis so we can visit her, too!

We had a delicious dinner at Escobar in downtown Champaign on Saturday night, and even though I didn't get any pictures at the restaurant, I can assure you it was delicious! I forgot how perfect all the dishes are there, all the care they put into making each dish burst with flavor...mmm! Troy was an excellent date, and when he decided to get fussy when our food showed up, a kind grandmother-ly woman behind us who had been talking to him since we got there offered to entertain him for a few minutes.

Then we came home, put Troy to bed and spent hours catching was a wonderful night!

Friday, June 24, 2011

3 parks in a day

Seriously, who goes to three parks in one day AND gets a bunch of work done from home?? This mom! Today, at least :)

Our first visit was to Meadowbrook Park for a playdate with a new friend for Troy and a mom I met back at water aerobics when I was pregnant. Here is Troy swinging away with Gavyn. It was Gavyn's first time in a baby swing today and he seemed to like it!

Then this afternoon, we watched Madelynn for a couple hours. Shortly after Mads arrived we visited the neighborhood park to get some fresh air in hopes that we'd get simultaneous naps out of Mads and Troy when we got back. (The plan worked!) I wore Troy in the Moby Wrap while I chased Madelynn around as she explored and watched the older boys from the neighborhood playing. They were actually really nice to the babies and kept bringing Madelynn their basketball and talking to them.

Troy in the Moby. chasing Madelynn. I think he enjoyed it.

pretty girl

a little playtime back at the house
 Then, for dinner tonight, Troy and I went to dinner with Su and Liam at the neighborhood Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta. We thought the boys looked pretty cute in their matching high chairs, watching our entire conversation. They both got to eat their dinners of pureed food at La Fiesta, too.

Apparently, we weren't the only ones that thought our boys looked adorable. Some guy came up to Su and showed her a picture on his phone he took of our two boys in their highchairs. Um, creepy. How do you even respond to that?! 

After dinner, we walked to the park behind the restaurant (good find, Su!) to keep chatting and let the boys swing. Once again, we weren't the only ones that thought our boys were fun.
Here's how it started with the two of them swinging away...

...then a few kids came to say hello.

And then the kids all began to push our boys in the swings and talk to them. The boys were enjoying the attention!
We love the park, what can I say! All in all, a great day!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

extra giggly

Before I left for an evening out the other night, Troy launched into a full-on giggle mode. Mike said it continued for quite awhile after I left. Here's a peek.

random cuteness

Okay, seriously I don't even know what to call this blog post other than a bunch of outtakes of cuteness from the last couple days. This child is full of so much joy, I can't help but smile when I'm with him!
naked baby!

I thought he was pooping. No, no. My child never poops. Just making faces.

Another random face, though he's been doing this lip thing a lot more lately.

Playing with a Troy-sized dog at our friends the Gerlings house

Yes, he does this himself. It got quite the rise out of me the first time he did it. Duck in mouth.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oceans Will Part

I've been listening to Hillsong for at least the last hour tonight and this was the first time I've ever heard this song. I think I've listened to it at least 3 times. Have a good night all :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

it was bound to happen

Troy is developing rapidly. He is somehow learning how to move himself little by little. He's not crawling across the room or anything, but when I put him down, he doesn't always stay put anymore. Today I put him down to go start getting dinner ready. When I looked over from the kitchen, I saw he had moved from where i put him. And grabbed a dog toy to put in his mouth. I was disgusted, yet still paused to take a photo. (For reference, he was sitting at his giraffe/ring toy when I put him down. You can see it in the background.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

push ups

Troy is getting those muscles ready to crawl someday!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day! This weekend has been very laid back and fun around the Cunningham house and I was excited to celebrate Mike's FIRST Father's Day today with him :) We were up and out for church this morning and then a big run through at Sam's Club, but then there were several hours of relaxing around the house :)

Father's Day dinner was at Red Lobster, a Mike favorite that we happened to have a gift card to (thanks to the company picnic!)

Don't mind the massive wet spot on my child's shirt. He seems to be drooling less these days but now that I give him a sippy cup of water from time to time he plays this fun game of letting the water run out of his mouth. The cup is leak proof but his mouth isn't.

And of course I want to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day (and first one as a Grampa!) We're sorry we couldn't share the day with you today but hope you had a wonderful day and a good dinner, too!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Capital City!

We decided to take a little Cunningham family road trip to Springfield for the day today. With some rain predicted early, we figured it would clear up midday and by the time we arrived, it was nice and sunny out! First stop was the Springfield Zoo. We were a little wary of this small-time zoo but some of our favorite adventures have been to places off the beaten path (examples: Rockome Gardens, the "Amish amusement park", fake sea world AKA Theater of the Seas and a random bird sanctuary). We adjusted our zoo expectations to meet the $4.50 admission fee before going and were not disappointed!

Troy meets a goat

Our first family zoo trip! yay!

A visit with a bobcat
 Then we had some fun with the different animal statues.

Unfortunately there were TONS of cicadas throughout the zoo and they were flocking to Mike. He's been extra jumpy since we got home due to all of the bug-fluttering at the zoo.

this is what fear looks like
Then we went over to the Illinois State Museum. It was a free museum and once again, we were a little wary. Here in the Land of Lincoln, we were expecting Lincoln, Lincoln and more Lincoln. But it was actually really fun! Lots of good exhibits, including different fossils found in different areas of Illinois, animal skeletons from Illinois and a bunch of other things.

The bottom floor of the museum was a small-ish children's museum. Still lots to look at and we can't wait to bring Troy back when he's older. We did let him sit in the styrofoam peanut pit to get his weekly dose of stranger germs. (Ew.) But not as bad as the ball pit as Chuck E Cheese, right Mom?

What a great day! I love weekends where we're all home and don't have any plans :)

evening playtime

Troy and I were on the floor playing with Bear when Mike decided to snap a few shots of our play in action.

eat more chicken

When I decided to make my own baby food (for the most part), I wondered if I'd be able to stomach pureeing meat for Troy. Something about it just sounded disgusting, especially on my baby food sites that talked about troubleshooting "grittiness". Ew. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a whirl and it went quite smoothly.

First I baked the chicken and chopped it into 1 in chunks. I let it cool completely before pureeing.

Ready to be pureed!

Before adding liquid to thin it. I used the natural cooking juices and a little extra water.

Troy ate a whole (baby-sized) serving. I mixed it with some apples after he had a few bites of it on its own.

football baby

I was going through Troy's closet and came across this footballl we bought for him last year. Then I decided to put his football jersey on too. This baby is ready for his first season of football!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Troy the whale

We had our second trip to Sholem Pool tonight. After work, I brought Troy home, heated up dinner and put it in the crock pot to keep warm (thank you Triple S Farms for a delicious bbq pork dinner!) and we left for the pool. I have learned that 45 minutes to an hour is about all the pool time Troy can handle anyways, so a trip in the evening is just the right amount of time for us!

When we first got there, there was a rain shower that successfully cleared out the entire place. Less than 10 minutes later, the sun was out and we were in the pool with the handful of people who stuck around. We met a girl at the pool tonight who, once she found out Troy's name, called him "Troy the whale" since his shirt had a whale on it. It was pretty sweet :) We also attempted to get into a raft in the lazy river again and it went much better than our last try! Troy didn't like the lazy river much though; I think he rather would have been splashing around in the pool.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

more photos playing

I better get more creative in my blog post concepts, but it just doesn't get old to take photos of this little guy when he's playing!