bump day – week 31 | colorado wedding photographer

i know i still have 9 weeks or so to go until we meet our little man, and still a lot to learn about the last stages of pregnancy, but there are a few things that every pregnant woman should know. so here i go – take it or leave it – my top 5 pieces of advice for those of us growing roundericon wink bump day   week 31  |  colorado wedding photographer

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1. let them help.

this one wasn’t easy for me, and it took me until the mid-first-trimester-nausea-phase to really give into it. this is not the time to be a hero. even when you feel great, soak it up, because there will be just as many days where you’re exhausted, cranky, or just plain…pregnant. when the hubs wants to do the dishes, or make dinner, or rub your back. let him. no questions asked. when the stranger wants to open the door for you, let them. soak up the time being spoiled!

2. pick something to feel good about.

let’s face it, even the victoria’s secret models who get pregnant will have their moments of doubt and insecurity about their growing bodies. the fact is, you’re gonna grow. and not just in your belly. if any woman can go the full 40 weeks without breaking down about their new appearance at least once, they deserve some sort of massive trophy. for the rest of us, it’s time to focus on what we have. for me, i chose pedicures. my feet have yet to swell, and, well, i can’t really reach my toes too well, hehe. it’s one part of my body that feels pretty, all the time, no matter how much the rest of me changes. maybe yours is your hair, maybe it’s some cute shoes, or some new jewelry, but pick something that you can really feel good about yourself with. that one little thing can go a long way on the days you feel like a walking whaleicon wink bump day   week 31  |  colorado wedding photographer

3. stop comparing yourself.

i love me some internet, some pinterest, and some facebook, but the fact is, your pregnancy is not like the other women. sure, that lady in the photos on pinterest may look like she had the happiest, most amazing pregnancy ever, and only gained 20 pounds – but that’s her. and that’s only half her story. this is your body, creating a fricking human. yep. so just let it do what it need to do. it took me way too long to let this one really soak in. i’ve compared my weight gain to charts, compared my belly to others’ photos, and compared nearly every other detail there is to compare. but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. this is you. no one else.

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4. know what’s up.

this one’s tricky, because i really believe it’s all about balance. we live in a new society where information is everywhere. it’s overwhelming, even. our kids will know what google means way before they know what the heck an encyclopedia is. it’s scary. but it’s also kind of awesome. so read some books. right when i announced my pregnancy to my family, my sister sent me the girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy, and a friend got me the classic what to expect when you’re expecting. they’re both great, and i highly recommend them. but there’s thousands of books. even more websites, then add in forums, social media, and people’s stories of what happened to them and the people they knew, and it’s too much. this is all gonna happen how it’s gonna happen. so know enough to know what’s going on, but not enough to scare yourself. i don’t care what the boy scouts say, you can definitely be over-prepared.

5. find your way of relaxing.

i’m one of those people who bounces when they sit. and i can’t just watch tv. sure, i can watch tv while i update my website, and at the same time pet my cat luna, but i can’t just sit. it’s a disease, i swear. when i’m on, i’m on. but this whole making-a-human-thing, is a new type of demanding. it forced me to learn to just sit, just lay, or just take a bath. i had to figure out how to relax. take it from me, and give in early.

 

 

how far along? 31 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes!
stretch marks? still none, and i really hope it stays that way!
sleep? off and on – just depends on the night.
best moment of the week? mallory – the bride from last weekend’s wedding - made little lyon a baby blanket. made it. and packaged it with the sweetest little note. and becca – my bride from the week before – made me the most adorable survival kit for her wedding day – complete with mini oreos, water bottles, lotion, and even popsicles and ice cream! i don’t even know how to put into words how great it feels to have such thoughtful clients/friendsicon smile bump day   week 31  |  colorado wedding photographer
movement? i think he’s been inspired by the olympics – all he does is wiggle!
symptoms: sleepy-ness!
milestones: feeling hiccups from the little man!
miss anything? jeans. just a normal pair of jeans, hehe.
food cravings: i’m still stuck on ice cream and mexican. but not together.
belly button in or out? out!
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: my bestie’s wedding this weekend! i’m attending as the matron of honor, and not the photographer – which is equally awesome and strangeicon smile bump day   week 31  |  colorado wedding photographer

  • Alan Lyon - August 9, 2012 - 4:04 am

    Awesome!

  • Cathy Marie - August 9, 2012 - 3:25 am

    #5. You come by that one honestly. :) In fact, I’m surprised you actually CAN just sit and do nothing. Take advantage of it while you can. <3

bump day – week 30 | colorado wedding photographer

planning and decorating the nursery has definitely been a highlight of the pregnancy so far. the closer we get to having the nursery finished, the more real it feels that our little lyon is almost here. we’ve done quite a bit of work on the details of the nursery lately, including coming up with a pretty cute way to store stuffed animalsicon smile bump day   week 30  |  colorado wedding photographer

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total cost = $20 for the baskets from world market that we mounted to the wallicon smile bump day   week 30  |  colorado wedding photographer

ps – these stuffed animals have come from all sorts of friends and family and their travels around the world. our little man has animals from dubai, egypt, australia, and a few places around the u.s. ya…someone’s already spoiled.

after i came up with the idea for these, nate custom designed them for our little guy. they should be back from the printer any dayicon smile bump day   week 30  |  colorado wedding photographer

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more on the nursery coming together soon!! (pretty soon, all we’re gonna need is the baby to make it a real nursery:) )

how far along? 30 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes!
stretch marks? still none. they say lotions and oils don’t help, and it’s all genetics, but i’m still slappin’ it on.
sleep? ug. sleep? what’s sleep?
best moment of the week? feeling little lyon have the hiccups – 3 times in one day!
movement? tons! knees, kicks, elbows, and rolling around all the time.
symptoms: heartburn!
milestones: feeling hiccups from the little man!
miss anything? having a regular body temperature…i know it’s a particularly hot summer, but i am hot all. the. time.
food cravings: ice cream and popsicles! i blame the heat.
belly button in or out? out!
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: octobericon wink bump day   week 30  |  colorado wedding photographer

  • Hair Court - August 6, 2012 - 11:36 am

    How would you like #4 out of 10- i am pretty sure I didn’t have my own toys

  • Pat Lyon Schumacher - August 6, 2012 - 2:31 am

    LOL!

  • Alan Lyon - August 6, 2012 - 1:38 am

    TYhis looks exactly my nursery when I was little….wait I don’t think I had a nursery….so hard to be number 4 out of 5 :)

  • Tiffany - August 5, 2012 - 8:55 pm

    the posters!!!! I love them!!

  • Katie Lyon - August 2, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Probably so! ;)

  • Katie Lyon - August 2, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Thanks Megan!! Your little ones are pretty cute, too :)

  • Katie Lyon - August 2, 2012 - 3:34 pm

    Hehehe, thanks Sarah! :)

  • Sarah Bauer - August 2, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    I LOVE those little sayings! And the animal baskets- so cute!

  • Cathy Marie - August 2, 2012 - 1:33 pm

    I think I need to find a little doggie stuffed toy. surprise, huh? ;)

  • Megan Yoachum - August 2, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Katie! I love reading your updates on the pregnancy! Can’t wait to see pictures of the nursery and the little man! Congrats!

  • Jennifer Lyon - August 2, 2012 - 6:15 am

    Oh! I just love all the stuffed animals! The nursery is really coming together nicely!

bump day – week 29 | colorado wedding photography

wedding season has officially claimed my life, and while i wouldn’t want it any other way, it’s taught me a few things:

-relaxing nights at home watching a movie or reading books are not to be taken for granted. they’re rare, and i love them oh so much. they’ll be even more rare when little lyon is here, but when they do happen, it’ll be another member of the family snuggling on the couch – and i can’t wait for that. the simple pleasures in life, and those little relaxing moments together, they’re just priceless.

-time is flying. and not at southwest airlines speed. at nasa speed. i refuse to let stress get to me. a to do list is only that – a list. and it won’t defeat meicon smile bump day   week 29  |  colorado wedding photographymanaging wedding season while being majorly pregnant is no easy feat, but it’s also nothing that i’m gonna roll over and play dead for. it’s on!

-people are just so incredibly sweet. from my second shooters who are grabbing me water, to people giving me a confidence boost with a compliment – something about being pregnant brings out the sweetest in people. i could get used to thisicon wink bump day   week 29  |  colorado wedding photography

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i think our little nugget has grown this week – i feel like my belly has gone to a whole ‘nother level. he kicks, and squirms, and rolls around all the time. it’s amazing how big he’s gotten, and how i can tell where he is! it doesn’t seem like too long ago that he was just the size of a lime – now he’s a spaghetti squash! and in case you didn’t realize it, spaghetti squash are large.

charli is learning to be gentle with my belly, and let’s just say…it’s a process. but a pretty sweet processicon smile bump day   week 29  |  colorado wedding photography

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how far along? 29 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes!
stretch marks? still nope – knock on wood.
sleep? doing ok, but this non-stop heat isn’t helping anything!
best moment of the week? finishing two key projects for the nursery
movement? i’m getting kneed and elbowed on a constant basis!
symptoms: nothing too bad, besides growing fast!
milestones: hmmmm – no dramatic milstones i can think of for the week, but i’m sure there’s more around the corner!
miss anything? i really miss having a wardrobe! i refuse to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes since they’re so temporary, but my 4 outfits are getting old fast!
food cravings: i’m still big on ice cream and mexican food – but not at the same timeicon wink bump day   week 29  |  colorado wedding photography
belly button in or out? out. way out.
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: meeting the little guyicon smile bump day   week 29  |  colorado wedding photographyand picking a name! we were 90% set on a name, but now we’re back at a tie between two names!

  • Alan Lyon - July 28, 2012 - 2:00 am

    We are soooooo excited…..Thanks for the update.

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.

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