bump day – week 36 | colorado wedding photographer

this past saturday, i was blown away. absolutely, fall-off-my-chair blown away. the baby shower that my closest friends and family threw for me was beyond anything i could have ever dreamed. really. beyond.

it wasn’t just the decorations, and the food, and the gifts, and the games – although those were all far more fabulous than i would have thought. what was so incredible was sitting in a room, and realizing how much this little lyon meant to those in my life. he’s not just going to be our son. he’s going to be a grandson, a great grandson, a nephew, a great nephew. i’ve been so focused on how our lives are going to change, and what it’s going to be like to be a mom, that i lose sight of what he’s going to mean to others. having everyone in one room together and seeing how much he means to everyone was just breathtaking.

my three best friends and sister coordinated the whole shindig (with help from the moms, of course!). they did such a crazy incredible job – and i seriously cannot thank them all enough! and naturally, they decided on lions as the theme. i mean, what else could it be?icon wink bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

have you ever seen such a cute balloon? and the lion pillow – my adorable friend jenny made that. yep, the girl’s got talent.

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she also made the thank you cards, and my sister-from-another-mister, amy, made the invitations. go ahead – be jealous of their skillsicon wink bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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i can’t believe i’m admitting this, but i forgot my camera at the shower. yup. i, the professional photographer, forgot my camera. i need to go to photographer rehab. asap. i’m glad i can blame pregnancy brain….

thankfully…my friends and family had my back and snapped some cute candids from the actual shower – including my crazy adorable diaper cake (ash – you are the best!) and my lion basket (handmade by jenny). you can’t see it in the picture, but the diaper cake is held together by bottles in the middle…filled with all my favorite candies.  i’ve been in a slight sugar coma all week…mmmmm…

my sister snuck a shirt on my nephew, boedi, when we got to the shower that said “nugget’s cousin”. so cute, i swear i almost died. boedi looks proud to be a big cousin alreadyicon smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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guess little lyon’s birthday – all i have to say is he better not be as late as some people guessed!!

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little lyon was shown lots of love with lion-inspired gifts. i think his stuffed lion collection’s doing pretty wellicon smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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my g-ma found these little lion booties and lion blanket and sent them as a gift. the booties are soooo tiny. and the lion hat – ahh! i’m melting…it’s too cute.

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you may remember a few weeks ago, when i posted how much i looooved this onesie i found on pinterest. jenny made it for our little man! before she even knew how much i loved it! just goes to show how wonderful my friends areicon smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

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by the end of the shower, i felt totally spoiled. we not only had lion-inspired gifts, but we had received so many of our “baby necessity” items that will make our lives much easier once the little man is here. i can’t even say how thankful we are to everyone who gave us gifts and joined us for the special day! i wish i could say thank you a thousand times to everyone that helped with the shower and came to share in the celebration of the little lyon! thank you, thank you – a zillion times overicon smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer

 

how far along? 36 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep, and i’m starting to outgrow them… i didn’t think was possible.
sleep? it’s hit or miss, but the past few nights have been great! i think my body finally just gave in and decided to let me sleep.
best moment of the week? definitely my baby shower.
movement? yup! although not as much, since he’s getting more tightly packed in there every day!
symptoms: nothing too crazy, just the whole “being massive thing,” heheicon wink bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer
milestones: this week, i start going to the doctor weekly for the final stretch. i remember when i first visited with the doc and she mentioned “eventually coming every week.” well, “eventually” has officially started!
miss anything? being able to move like a normal human! my belly is actually starting to get in the way!
food cravings: mexican – but that’s not shocking, right?
belly button in or out? out, and the scar i have from a belly button piercing back in the day is looking not-so-happy.
wedding rings on or off? still on. how my fingers haven’t swollen yet is beyond me, but i’m not complaining!
looking forward to: meeting the little man. now that we have all the necessities, and everything is set to go, i just want to meet himicon smile bump day   week 36  |  colorado wedding photographer(and next week – the final post on the nursery! it’s all coming together!)

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  • Pam Vanderheyden Miller

    I looked at the blog – so cute! Things are moving right along for baby Lyon.

  • Jennifer Lyon

    The shower was so fun! So glad you enjoyed it, Katie!

  • Holly Bea-Weaver

    adorable. great to see the info–so happy for you!

bump day – week 35 | colorado wedding photographer

well, the checklists and books are all telling me it’s time. any minute now, it wouldn’t be out of the question for me to go into labor. technically i’m not due for another 5 weeks, but nate and i are planners. like compulsive planners. we like lists – lots of ‘em. we’re pretty much total dorks. but hey, it works.

so now that it’s officially time to pack the hospital bag in preparation for the big day, we did what we always do, and made a list. while i won’t bore you with the whole thing, here are the highlights:

-pain “killers” – no, i’m not bringing my own supply of medication to the hospital…i’m actually going to give the whole natural-birth thing a whirl, and do everything in my power to not have an epidural – which means i’m going to need a little bit of extra help.

-smelly lotions – for nate to use as he will inevitably be rubbing my back for hours – check.

-dryer ball – i’m counting on this for a little tension relief, or a good massage tool! – check.

-ipod player – let’s face it, this whole labor thing, it can take awhile. some music can’t hurticon wink bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographercheck.

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baby goods

-super adorable outfit and hat to bring little lyon home in – check. ok, well not check. we can’t pick. and i know, i know, they’re only in it for a few hours and it doesn’t really matter, but i just can’t pick. so this one’s a to-be-decidedicon smile bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographer

-homemade blanket – check.

we have all the standard stuff packed, too – but that’s way too boring to list out! i won’t forget my toothbrush, though, don’t worry!icon smile bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographer

so now, it’s all a waiting game! {insert slight panic attack here…}

ooooh, and if you’re a mom and have some tips on what to bring or not bring to the hospital, i’d love to hear some advice!

 

how far along? 35 weeks.
maternity clothes? yep. all about ‘em.
sleep? is still a distant thing of the past. not sleeping on my back means hip and back aches like bananas in the middle of the night.
best moment of the week? watching nate finish little lyon’s mural in his room – pics coming soon!
movement? oh ya, and his feet/legs have found a new home right on top of my ribs. not appreciated, little man, not appreciated.
symptoms: same ‘ol story with the back pain. otherwise, just feeling large and squished!
milestones: packing the hospital bag! holy smokes…this is actually going to happen!
miss anything? bending at the waisticon wink bump day   week 35  |  colorado wedding photographer
food cravings: nothing too crazy!
belly button in or out? out, but getting flatter now that it’s pushed even further – so bizarre!
wedding rings on or off? still on.
looking forward to: my baby shower this saturday!

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  • Karen L. Bonner

    Plans are great; having plans change 180 degrees in a blink of an eye…priceless! Good luck with your birthing plan! :-)

  • Jennifer Lyon

    Get as much sleep in the hospital as you can!

  • Dianna Rucker

    Can’t wait to hear what you name him! and photos of course. Did you pack a robe? So you don’t have to wear the one the hospital provides…

  • Alyssa Dirschl

    Bring and extra baby blanket in case something happens to the first one (like poop :). Bring your baby book and ask them to do the prints for you when they do them at the delivery (it’s impossible to do on your own and they do it in 2 seconds). And YES, let them take him to the nursery, it’s so hard to do but you don’t need to start your home life totally sleep deprived :) you’ll be there soon enough.

  • Leighanne Potts

    You’re going to be so awesome! And he will be just adorable :)

  • Kelly Haskell

    Let the baby go to the nursery at night in the hospital. Take the sleep while you can. Best advice someone gave me.

bump day – week 34 | colorado wedding photographer

all of a sudden, it’s close. i have 6 weeks to go until i’m ripe at 40 weeks and at my due date. 5 1/2 weeks, really. 39 more days. i’m kind of speechless…cuz, ya know, 39 days is like….nothin’.

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the closer i get to meeting the little lyon, the more my mind wanders. what’s he going to look like? what’s our life going to be like? what traits will he get from nate and i? what’s it going to feel like to have him not in my big ol belly? and when i can’t sleep at night (which, by the way, is almost every night), i think about what’s important to us as parents-to-be. what do we want him to know that we wish we knew earlier? what are we going to pass to him as values? you get the point. since i haven’t been sleeping much, i’ve had a lot of time for ideas to stir in my head about these things. if i could tell him today what i know is important in life, it’d go something like this -

regret is the worst.

you hear it all the time. “you don’t want to do something you’ll regret!”. to heck with that. i say, you don’t want to not do something you’ll regret. take the chances. listen to your gut, and do the things you wanna do. i’ve never heard of anyone regret trying. if you fail, at least you know you gave it your best  -  that’s a lot easier to swallow than regret.

fill your life with people you love.

it’s way too easy to go through life focusing on things. houses, cars, jobs, whatever. but the people – those are irreplaceable. the happy old couples you see in life are happy because of each other, not anything else.

quit worrying.

if you inherit the worry-gene, i sincerely apologize right now. i blame my mom for it every day, and once you’re old enough, i’ll let you help me give her grief ;)  and if anyone needs to take this advice to heart, it’s me.

i could go on and on, but i feel like i should be sitting on oprah’s yellow couch or something. point is, i can’t wait for him to be here, so we can not only be husband and wife, but we can be parents together, and start our new journeyicon smile bump day   week 34  |  colorado wedding photographer

one of my good friends (who happens to be an amazing photographer), tiffany rebecca shot some maternity photos this weekend for us. i just love this one and can’t wait to see the rest! thanks again, tiff!!

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how far along? 34 weeks.
maternity clothes? oh ya. skirts, yoga pants, and gauchos galore!
sleep? is a distant thing of the pasticon sad bump day   week 34  |  colorado wedding photographer
best moment of the week? a surprise mini-shower thrown by some of my colleagues and friends – i was totally surprised and blown away by everyone’s excitement for the little lyon!
movement? yep! kicks and turns and moves, but you can tell it’s getting tighter in there for him!
symptoms: the back pain is still the worst symptom by far – mostly caused by a back issue i’ve had for years that’s just aggravated much more now. it’s better with the chiropractor, though!
milestones: i made our little guy some blankets – 2 mini blankets for when he’s just a nugget, and one nice big blanket for his keepsake “blankie”. let’s just say i’m definitely an amateur when it comes to the sewing machine, but it’s all done and ready!
miss anything? still missing sleep…and vente starbucks drinks.
food cravings: i caved. after our childbirth class last sunday, we totally went to mcdonalds and i got my cheeseburger. best. cheeseburger. of. my. life.
belly button in or out? out, way out.
wedding rings on or off? on still – somehow!
looking forward to: my mom, sister, and nephew flying in next week for my baby shower!

 

 

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  • Cathy Marie

    #1. I blame MY mom for the worrying, so you can blame her, too and then I’m off the hook.
    #2. Eh hem….I think I had a hand in those blankets there, girly girl. <3

bump day – week 33 | colorado wedding photographer

this week has been the most baby-filled week yet! call it the 7-day-baby-marathon if you will.

childbirth classes

our first of two childbirth classes was last week at the hospital we’re having the baby at. you know – the childbirth classes you see in the movies and on tv with a group of couples sitting in a circle watching a video of a delivery – and then practicing their breathing out loud as a group. we’ve officially gone through that right of passage. we’ve done the hee-hee-hee-hoooo’s, and all that goes with it. but hey, i’ll do anything if it helps with the pain of labor!

 

the carseat/stroller

no, it’s not in the car yet, but it’s out of the box it’s been sitting in since way back in like month 4 when we bought it and stashed it in the basement. the instant we got it out of the box, our squeeky little cat luna decided it was all for her. i mean, it’s luna-sized, right? so obviously it’s all for her. nate managed to work around her though, and got it all put together and ready for the little man. somehow, watching him put it together (note that i only watched – i’m more impatient at reading directions than any guy could beicon wink bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographer) somehow made it feel that much more real that little lyon is almost here!

nate’s “pregnant” too. heheicon smile bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographer

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the middle name

our guy’s first name is top secret until he’s here, but we did spill the beans on the middle name this week. nate’s dad, and my grandpa both share the first name richard, and because they’re both such important parts of our lives, we knew that’s what we wanted the middle name to be. telling them both was great, and now we have one less secret to keep!

i’m not pregnant. i’m pre-baby.

huh?

ya, you read it right. i’m done being pregnant. it’s too hot. and my belly is officially too big. and that whole back pain thing – ya, i’m over it. so i’m signing off of the pregnancy thing. yep. all doneicon smile bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographeri’ll just be pre-baby now. it makes sense, right? i can tell where he is all the time now, feel his little butt, and his big ol’ head, and you can literally see bumps on my stomach when he knees and elbows me. he’s over 5 pounds now. 5. pounds. that’s like the weight of 10 big macs…in case you were wondering.

so, rather than being impatient to not be pregnant anymore, and have the baby, i’m just gonna call it to an end now. i’ll be pre-baby from now on – even if i’m only fooling myselficon wink bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographer

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how far along? 33 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes…and i’m starting to out-bump some of thoseicon sad bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographer
sleep? ha! funny! sleep….oh how i miss sleep…
best moment of the week? nate and i were talking about the little man’s name, and nate called him by our favorite name – then he kicked harder than he’s kicked in weeks…right when nate called him by that name! so cute.
movement? very active. you can see my whole belly move.
symptoms: back pain galore, but it’s slowly getting better thanks to the chiropractor, masseuse, and ice packs.
milestones: i feel like i’m into pre-baby mode, rather than pregnancy mode. if that makes any sense at all…
miss anything? sleep. but that’s not going to change for awhile.
food cravings: a mcdonald’s cheeseburger. i’m happy to say that i have not caved to that craving!
belly button in or out? out, way out.
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: meeting our little lyonicon smile bump day   week 33  |  colorado wedding photographer

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  • Katie Lyon

    He IS pregnant. Didn’t you know?

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    Hehe – he’s definitely practicing his breating ;)

  • Katie Lyon

    Thanks! It’s so good to hear from you two again – I hope you’re doing well with everything! :)

  • Jennifer Lyon

    Nate looks cute trying to look pregnant! Of course we think the middle name Richard is great!! Can’t wait to meet our grandson!!

  • Isaac Kilee Sundsted

    Hey Kate – just wanted you to know you look beautiful. I’m sure the back pain and no sleep can become overwhelmingly annoying but I’m sure your little lyon appreciates you being a good host for his home. :) Thank you for all the updates – its so much fun reading your posts – I love your writing style.

  • Sarah Bauer

    I like Nate’s “very pregnant” face profile. It’s like he’s saying “ohh-hooo!” :)

bump day – week 32 | colorado wedding photographer

when we were planning our wedding, pinterest was tiny. like no one knew about it – tiny. i know, total tragedy. no endless pages of ideas, or dresses, or things you’d never think of. we came up with ideas from the hundreds of weddings i’ve been to, wedding magazines, and even managed to come up with some completely on our own. pinterest boomed right after our wedding.

but with little lyon, i get pinterest! and thank goodness because i haven’t seen hundreds of nurseries like i’ve been to so many weddings, and there definitely aren’t as many baby magazines as there are wedding magazines! needless to say, i’ve gone a little pin-crazy…nate calls me a “pin-head”. but who can blame me when there’s cute stuff like this:

i got a sewing machine for christmas – and while i don’t really think i’m capable of making this on my own, i do have some pretty talented friends that can help me – with a more masculine version of courseicon wink bump day   week 32  |  colorado wedding photographer

such a cute way to remember milestones! although i kind of want to do a big chalkboard speech bubble!

must do.

must.

do.

because really – what’s cuter than a baby with a bowtie?

how am i supposed to resist this?

this is only the beginning – you should see my boards…it’s a disease, i swear!

 

how far along? 32 weeks.
maternity clothes? yes! and anything comfortable – i’ve kind of given up on “cute” by now – i just want to be comfy!
stretch marks? still none. (fingers crossed…)
sleep? i think i’ve said “goodbye” to my days of sleeping more than 1-2 hours at a time. but hey, it’s good prep for when the little lyon is here!
best moment of the week? watching my bestie tie the knot – as her matron of honor!
movement? soooo active! and i can always tell where his two “bumps” are – but i don’t know which one is his butt and which one is his head, heheicon smile bump day   week 32  |  colorado wedding photographergonna have to ask them when i have an ultrasound tomorrow!
symptoms: back pain like no other.
milestones: i’ve been looking forward to being ashli’s matron of honor since february – it felt like so far away when we first talked about me being big and round on her day. i can’t believe the day has already come and gone!
miss anything? a normal appetite! all i do is eat!!
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belly button in or out? out!
wedding rings on or off? on!
looking forward to: childbirth classes start this weekend!

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  • Alyssa Dirschl

    She’s fantastic! Being a mom is the best job on earth! (and the hardest, lol) :)

  • Jennifer Lyon

    Those childbirth classes are really helpful! You’ll be glad you took them!

  • Katie Lyon

    That’s such a relief to hear!!!!! Five hours would be awesome :) Hope your little one is doing well! :)

  • Alyssa Dirschl

    You’ll sleep soooo much better when he gets here! A five hour stretch is like heaven!

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