bump day – week 28 | colorado wedding photographer

5 years ago, jack nicholson and morgan freeman put their manly selves together and started a trend with their movie…the bucket list. it was one of those things that to some degree, everyone had. some people wrote them out and made them official, but even those of us who didn’t put it in writing, we all thought about it. it was just a pop culture thing. it was the big question – what do you want to do in your life?

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every now and then, i think about my own, and the things on it -
ride an elephant. fly in a hot air balloon. volunteer on a regular basis. learn to make one great-crazy-delicious meal. . .
it goes on. but you get my drift.

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(image source – http://onelifecountlessadventures.blogspot.com – i wish i had my own elephant picture, but not quite yet! )

what i never thought about was how my list would change when i have a baby. sure, i knew things would change – everyone knows that. but now, i think of the things i want to experience with the little lyon, in addition to riding an elephant somedayicon smile bump day   week 28  |  colorado wedding photographerso now i have my bucket list – version 2.0 – the katie-nate-little lyon bucket list with things like:

pull him down the street in a little red wagon. watch his first t-ball game. laugh when i come home to see nate and him glued to some sort of sports game on tv. teach him that girls don’t in fact have coodies (although there’s no harm in letting him believe they do for awhile, right?). watch him drive away the first day he has a license (how is it that i’m already terrified of that day?). see him off to prom.

and dance with him at his wedding.

i’ve watched literally hundreds of grooms dance with their moms on their wedding day. it’s sweet and adorable and sentimental every time i see it. but somehow, with my little guy tagging along with me at all my weddings this year – it’s different to watch them dance.

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(charlie and his mom had one of the sweetest relationships i’ve ever seen. i’d be lying if i said i didn’t get a little emotional watching them take their turn on the dance floor.)

little things like this make me that much more excited to meet our little guy, watch him grow up, and see him take his own steps in life. maybe he’ll want to ride an elephant with me someday;)

 

 

how far along? 28 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes, but trying to incorporate as many of my pre-pregnancy clothes as possible. my itty bitty wardrobe was getting pretty annoying.
stretch marks? still nope – knock on wood.
sleep? some nights are better than others, but my body really has adjusted to waking up every few hours. guess it’s all in the preparationicon smile bump day   week 28  |  colorado wedding photographer
best moment of the week? seeing the little guy on ultrasound, even if it was quick and he was hiding his face the whole time!
movement? tons. i can even tell where he’s at based on kicks!
symptoms: just the back pain. but, i’m getting used to that, too.
milestones: first week of the third trimester, check!
miss anything? mojitos. i saw a picture of one today in an ad and almost started drooling. i mean, it’s 100 degrees outside – who doesn’t want a cold cocktail?
food cravings: ice cream!!! the inventor of the klondike bar is a genius. total. genius.
belly button in or out? out. and now impossible to disguise with shirts.
wedding rings on or off? on! i’m still shocked my fingers haven’t swollen yet.
looking forward to: piecing together more of the nursery.

  • Cathy Marie - July 19, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    The first day he gets his drivers license he might be like his mama and “offer” to go to the store to get you a soda (even though the fridge may be full). You will pretend that this is a WONDERFUL idea and then you will be on pins and needles until he gets home. I was. <3

leighanne + brad | married! | cielo at castle pines | colorado wedding photographer

leighanne and brad’s wedding day was well over 100 degrees. it wasn’t just hot, it was hottttttttt. like slap-some-bacon-on-the-concrete-and-watch-it-fry hot. and the bridal party was one of the largest i’ve photographed to date. it was a recipe for disaster. people could have passed out, been cranky, or heck, they could have just melted.

but nope. not on their day. all of their friends and family were the sweetest of people that i could have ever imagined. i was blown away. talk about an awesome group of people. throw in a few southern accents (leighanne’s from the south), some elegant details, and an overwhelming feeling of love with friends and family, and nothing else mattered – not even the heat.

here are some of my favorites from their big day at cielo castle pines.

 leighanne’s dress was just the right mix of traditional and modern – and her “something blue” stitched in her dress was the perfect addition!

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reception flip flops…a definite must.

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most creative first look….ever. yep…ever! heheheicon smile leighanne + brad  |  married!  |  cielo at castle pines  |  colorado wedding photographerleighanne even hid in the “loveland” locker – so fittingicon wink leighanne + brad  |  married!  |  cielo at castle pines  |  colorado wedding photographer

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yep, they’re too cute. way too cute.

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love it.

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shannon was an awesome second shooter! while i was getting the shots above, she was getting creative, and captured the images below.

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so. romantic.
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favorite. 

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everything came together to make a soft, romantic day that was just right.
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koozies as favors? yes please!

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a cute way to tie in the family past.

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totally love these.

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the best man and maid of honor speeches were total hits…

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…told yaicon wink leighanne + brad  |  married!  |  cielo at castle pines  |  colorado wedding photographer

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leighanne and brad – thank you so much for having me as a part of your day! clearly, your laughs and smiles are inspirations to all of usicon smile leighanne + brad  |  married!  |  cielo at castle pines  |  colorado wedding photographer

  • Katie Lyon - July 16, 2012 - 12:26 am

    Thanks Alex! :) 12, and 5 honorary bridesmaids! No lack of fun in the group :)

  • Alex Dillon - July 16, 2012 - 12:14 am

    She had 12 bridesmaids! Looks gorgeous though, great photos honey xx.

  • Sharon West - July 15, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! Being from South Carolina and going to this wedding was a wonderful trip and with these pictures I can relive it all. Beautiful bride, handsome groom and a wonderful wedding party. You have brought all of this to life with your photos! Great job! Thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie Chandler - July 15, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Oh Katie – these are wonderful!! It is great to be able to relive so many special moments through your photos. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us on Leighanne’s wedding day. These are special memories that we will be able to treasure for a lifetime.

bump day – week 27 | colorado wedding photographer

oh, how time flies! this is the last week of my second trimester. ya. the last week. next week, i’m the proud owner of a third-trimester belly. third. aka last trimester. aka, we will have a baby in three months. yipes!

thankfully, this trimester has been gobs and gobs easier than the first trimester. nausea? gone. crazy insane fatigue? gone. the “is she chubby or is she pregnant” look? gone. the second trimester is like the honeymoon phase – it’s like the preggo gods are saying “you survived! now i’ll reward you with a little break before you get huge!” hehe. well, thanks preggo gods – i sure have enjoyed the breakicon wink bump day   week 27  |  colorado wedding photographer

At the end of my first trimester, i did a “first trimester favorites” list – which mostly consisted of things i used to survive the first trimester! since this trimester was so much better, here are nate and my favorite memories from the second trimester:

nate’s favorites:

finding out he’s a boy!
hospital tour (more on this later!)
trip to DC to visit natalie (nate’s sister)
night at the Broadmoor for our first anniversary
going to garage sales and snagging some great deals
seeing the nursery coming together
seeing katie’s bump grow
weekend trip to the cabin in grand lake
hike in Grand Lake with charli and baby in tote!
feeling baby kick
my father’s day gift (totally makes me smile like a little school girl that he said thisicon smile bump day   week 27  |  colorado wedding photographer)

katie’s favorites:
working on picking out a name
watching nate get more and more excited – especially when he works on the nursery
feeling our little lyon kick, and learning his little routines
celebrating our first anniversary
sitting in bed at night reading our (crazy huge) stack of baby books together
feeling like a human again! ha!
having my mom visit and bring an entire suitcase of clothes and baby goods that her and my sister got.
having such amazing people help me out. i can’t even begin to say how great it’s been. people i haven’t talked to in years have helped me answer questions, given me advice, and i even had a bridesmaid stop mid-dance at a wedding i was shooting to see if i needed water!

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how far along? 27 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep! plus yoga pants and nate’s basketball shorts!
stretch marks? nope – knock on wood.
sleep? i’m getting used to waking up every couple of hours…
best moment of the week? shopping with my mom for baby stuff – and finding some super adorable clothes for the little man.
movement? oh ya. and he’s soooo low!
symptoms: how about my bottomless pit for a stomach?
milestones: last week of the second trimester!
miss anything? i miss 90% of the clothes i had in my closet. i complained about not having anything to wear before, but now – my options are seriously limited!
food cravings: anything and everything. if it’s food, i’m eating it!
belly button in or out? out. way out. and getting hard to disguise in clothing…
wedding rings on or off? on! i’m shocked my fingers haven’t swollen yet.
looking forward to: seeing our little lyon on monday when we get another ultrasound!

  • Jennifer Lyon - July 16, 2012 - 5:45 am

    Getting closer to the big day!

  • Alan Lyon - July 12, 2012 - 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing…….

bump day – week 25 | colorado wedding photographer

Woah baby is growing fast! In the past two weeks he’s gained 50% body weight and is now the size of a rutabaga…what’s a rutabaga??? See belowicon smile bump day   week 25  |  colorado wedding photographer

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looks appetizing, doesn’t it….haha!

We made great progress on the baby’s room this week. It’s now completely painted and we’re starting to decorate. I don’t want to show too many pics until it’s more complete, but if you look real close in my belly photo you can get a sneak peek! Nate’s parents bought us a beautiful crib that we set up and we put in a cool new light fixture and rug. It’s all starting to come together!  The crib made it feel so real, and made it feel like an actual nursery. We still need to find a comfy rocker, curtains, and some other decorations. I’m working on creating a mobile and Nate’s moving along on his wall art project. I can’t wait for it to be doneicon smile bump day   week 25  |  colorado wedding photographer

I had another doctor checkup this week, but no ultrasound this time. I did get to hear the little nugget’s heartbeat which is always cool! He got a bit squirmy and started moving all around when we were listening – even the doctor commented that he was quite the active little guy! The doctor said everything is looking great which is very reassuring to hear. The next ultrasound will be at 28 weeks so stay tuned for more pics!

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charli looks awfully proud, doesn’t she?

how far along? 25 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep!
stretch marks? nope.
sleep? it was pretty rough, until the doc gave me some pain killers (baby safe, of course!) to help with my back pain. since i started taking those, it’s much better!
best moment of the week? seeing the crib put together and in the room.
movement? he’s starting to have very active days, and not-so active days, but he’s definitely a mover and a kicker!
symptoms: does roasting in the heat count?! with this 100+ degree weather, i feel like a walking oven.
milestones: wrapping up construction in the nursery! the tool box has officially left the building!
miss anything? nate bought some bud light lime and i am so jealous. 100 degree weather and i can’t have a beer. it’s a tragedy, people. a tragedy.
food cravings: just anything. my stomach is a bottomless pit.
belly button in or out? out.
wedding rings on or off?on
looking forward to: seeing our little lyon again in 3 weeks on the ultrasound.

  • Jennifer Lyon - June 30, 2012 - 5:36 am

    Charli is so cute! She really looks like she knows something is going to happen!

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