Blaise Bear is now 9 months old (these photos are two weeks late, but in my defense, we had an amazing family vacation in Maine when he turned 9 months old!)
Love this sweet little bear of mine!
+He is FINALLY starting to sit up! Hooray!
+He loves growling and roaring like a little lion
+His new favorite food combo to eat = Peanut Butter and Yogurt!
+He loves being outside
+He loves the water (I am hoping I have a future swimmer in the house!)
+He loves his Daddy so much
+He loves being read to
+He sleeps VERY well (7:30pm to 6:30am every day)
+He is very interested in our house cat, Bella, but she shows NO interest in him (or anyone) ahhah!
Love this sweet little boy of mine! Here are several photos from his mini session with Dolly Mama today 🙂
This was probably the hardest day for me because of my pregnancy + the heat + needing to pee every five minutes + being scared of going to the bathroom in the bushes because I was afraid of snakes biting me in the butt + I just wanted ice cream the entire day (and that never happens b/c I don’t like ice cream that much) + I hit my wall emotionally and just wanted to fall asleep somewhere. SO DRAMATIC! (Pregnancy was a real pain in the butt for me in the Grand Canyon…and I also hated everyone coming up to me and asking me about the baby for some reason…normally I am fine with it, but I did not want anyone to talk to me or look at me or inform me that I looked like I was going to pop-yeah I was just a delightful woman to be around that day).
Thankfully I married an angel of a man who promised to take care of me and always love me in sickness and in health (and in ridiculous behaviors like I was exhibiting) so by the end of the day (after I had thrown my holy temper tantrum) I actually had a wonderful day with Ty and I am thankful that we got to see and experience the glorious wonders of the Grand Canyon. It really is so gorgeous there, and like I have stated in previous posts, I really want to bring my son back here and maybe it would be better when I’m NOT pregnant so I can walk without needing to pee every other minute. Also, maybe go there when the weather is not 2,000,000 degrees outside.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from our day trip to the Grand Canyon. It was a 2-3 hour drive from our Airbnb so my husband deserves all the praise hand emojis for driving us to and from the Grand Canyon ESP after a long day with his moody and pregnant wife.
Anyway, if you have learned anything from reading my posts it is this: please love and appreciate your spouses (or your partners) who are walking with you through life (ESP through pregnancy or any new chapters which change/alter your hormones). Let them know you love them and appreciate them!
Part 6 of our Baby Moon took place at Zion National Park in Utah
We spent a total of 2 days at Zion National Park (the first day was super packed, 2,000 degrees and filled with too many tourists, but thankfully the second day we started the day off early in the morning and we had more of the park to ourselves-and that gave me more energy to actually use my camera to take photos)
I am SO happy that we planned on visiting this park because it was such a gorgeous park and one day I hope to come back and bring back #BabyBoyDeLong with us so that he can experience hiking all the fun trails (please note: we def had to stick to the ‘easier’ trails because I was def at the point of not being able to walk without peeing every 20 minutes). The scariest part of hiking one of the trails was that we ran across a snake…and Ty immediately asked for a photo next to the snake! Who is he?
Here were several of my favorite photos from our time at Zion National Park (please note: at one point I begged Ty to take me to Logan’s Roadhouse to get a steak because I was THAT ravenous for meat-you will see how ridiculous I look in the photos….I really think my son is shaping to be a real meat and potatoes type of man already)!
Finally getting around to sharing Part 5 of our Baby Moon this evening! Have you ever heard of The Craters of The Moon National Preserve & Monument? Well to be honest, I never even knew there was such a place in Idaho, but Ty had done some research and decided we should stop at this National Park. Honestly I thought it was going to be super boring when he had first told me about it (b/c when I picture a National Park, I imagine something like Glacier National Park or Yellowstone in my head) but when we got there several things happened to make it magical for me:
You all, if you ever find yourself in the weird state of Idaho (it really is such a weird and strange state), please consider visiting this National Preserve for a couple of hours. It really is so interesting and is a fun place to go check out if you like random/odd National Monuments! They also take the National Parks Passport, so I made sure to get a stamp in Baby Bear’s passport book for him to look at when he is older! Yay!
Here are some pictures from our day out! Thank you again to Ty for the chocolate bar from the gift shop…you really did make my day! I love you!
Also P.S. People, please do not judge my biracial legs in these photos. I know I’m not 100% white, but my 50% whiteness shows mostly in my legs which embarrasses me since they never see the sun that often. Also, those are my maternity short which were the only shorts I could wear for the trip since I was over heated and I couldn’t wear much else LOL! Oh well, I still had a blast! I really hope our son will want to go revisit this park again!
Hey all! As promised I wanted to share several of my favorite images from my son’s nursery before he makes his way into the world (before he basically destroys it by pooping, peeing and puking everywhere)!
So, when Ty and I found out we were pregnant earlier this Spring, I immediately knew I wanted to incorporate bears and the National Parks in the nursery theme (regardless if it was a girl or a boy). Having grown up in Montana, I have a strong love for all things outdoors (okay okay I don’t want to make myself sound like some sort of Mountain woman. I do enjoy Hiking and being outside…but I am DEF not a hardcore backpacker, or rugged person at all….I do enjoy being comfortable indoors too and my most favorite spot in the house is on my couch in a pile of blankets) (I probably would describe myself as an easy-going hiker who enjoys “glamping”-yeah I’m pretty bad ass) (hahahah)
ANYWAY, when we found out we were having a boy (#BabyBOYDeLong), I immediately went to work on “designing” his room in my head with the resources we already had (keep in mind, Ty and I JUST got out of debt, story HERE, so we try to live off of one income AND I am a full time wedding/family photographer so we try to live below our means so that we can save up and actually have a good retirement). It was very hard not to go overboard with baby decorations because there are trendy stores like the Pottery Barn or even TJ Maxx Homegoods which make me want to open up my wallet and state “HERE YOU GO, MAKE MY SON’S ROOM TRENDY AND CUTE!”. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband who sat down with me and we made sure to budget and see what resources we already had to make sure our son had his basic needs met (because let’s be real and honest, it’s just a baby room and our son will not really know the difference for the first year of his life).
I decided on the color scheme of: Mustard Yellow, Grays, Blues and White. I wanted to keep it pretty neutral for now, because I know that in the years ahead our son will most likely take after his father, whose favorite color is BROWN by the way….yes BROWN….so I want to push my love of Mustard Yellow (and grays and whites) on him now (I know I am the Mother of Year for pushing things on him already LOL). I know that Mustard Yellow can be seen as a bit “girly” but hear me out: I really love that color (it’s my favorite go-to color of all time, and it’s been that way since I was 5 years old) and in a way I wanted to incorporate it into my son’s nursery since since I see it as a “sunny and warm” color. A lot of the items we found for his room we found on Facebook Marketplace for a great deal, we also reused some pieces of furniture from around our house for his room, and one or two items were gifted to us as well. So what I am trying to say is this: you do not have to break the bank in order to make your son’s (or daughter’s) room look amazing…you can DEF stick to a good budget and just be patient while you are searching on Craigslist or Buy/Sell/Trade.
When Ty and I had decided on the theme of the nursery, we also were planning a trip out west to Montana for our Babymoon (I have shared that story in various posts as well) AND we decided to write postcards to our son from all the National Parks we visited so that those postcards could, in a way, serve as our little “souvenirs” AND they could also be used as memory cards for our son to read when he gets older. Cheesy, I know, but I really hope that #BabyBOYDeLong will cherish those postcards when he gets older and that one day he too will visit those parks either with us or with his friends! (Either way I just want him to appreciate and get to know the glorious National Parks at an early age!)
Some of our favorite items in his room include the following:
Anyway, so that is the story behind his nursery + theme. I hope it helps inspire some mommies and daddies-to-be, and I hope it encourages everyone to stick to a budget and know that you do not have to spend so much money to make a space for your little one look “perfect”. Believe me, if you can stick to a budget and plan ahead, you can make a nursery (or any specific space) look incredible!
Also side note: a huge thanks to Paul C. Buff (a professional lighting company in Nashville, TN) who helped me nail all of these shots in the middle of the NIGHT with no natural lighting. As mentioned, I am a full time photographer, so I don’t like editing much in Photoshop (spending hours upon hours in photoshop drains me and I personally think it’s a waste of time), so I would rather nail the shot within my camera manually, with the help of some off-camera lighting, so a HUGE thanks to that company (and many other photographers) who have helped mentor me this year in learning more about lighting!
So excited to finally get to share several of my favorite maternity photos from my session with Kristen Rose Photography in Bozeman,Montana.
For those of you who don’t know this about me, I actually grew up in Bozeman (was born and raised there from 1984 to 2003) and after I graduated from Bozeman High School in 2003 I actually moved to the south for college (and that’s how I ended up settling in Nashville, TN). When Ty and I were planning out our babymoon, I somehow convinced him that it would be amazing to start our trip in Bozeman (so that he could fall in love with the land of 406) AND so that I could do several photography sessions while in Montana (since I run DollyDeLongPhotography full time now and I specialize in wedding + family photography in both Tennessee and Montana).
Looking for a maternity photographer was a challenge because the ONLY time Ty and I had free was HIGH NOON (every photographers nightmare) on a Friday afternoon in Bozeman. But thankfully I met Kristen and she agreed to do our maternity photos at that time AND SHE ROCKED IT! I mean, I am so excited about all my photos and I am ESP excited that she agreed to do several of the photos at the famous Pickle Barrel (which was my favorite sandwich shop growing up) and I know logically it is NOT an ideal location for maternity photos, but since it was such a fun place for me to go eat at growing up (like literally that’s all my parents bought for me before all of our family hikes), I wanted to take Ty there and watch him eat a sandwich (ahha since I could not eat a sub, due to being Pregnant-how sad!) I mean…I had to live vicariously somehow! (Don’t worry you all…I still had the pickle out of the barrel…I was allowed to eat that! HAHAH!)
We also ended the session featuring my favorite mountain range: The Bridger Mountains! So I was very excited to get to have such special photos taken in the Valley I grew up in. I mean, come on people, Montana is literally the last best place on earth. I wish I could take everyone I love to Montana! Actually, I wish I could just move to Montana and take all the people I love with me!
Okay, so thank you for reading my quirky little post about my love of the Pickle Barrel + Montana AND a huge shout out to Kristen Rose Photography for being the BEST photographer to work with!
You all. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my husband? Because I totally do! For our Two year anniversary we planned a trip out to Denver, CO because he knows how much my heart craves/desires the mountains (I am NOT a Beach girl in any way, shape or form and just thinking about the beach makes me cringe because I cannot stand swimsuits, the sand, the ocean, or anything to do with sunbathing…it’s all just EW to me) Keep in mind, I grew up in Montana for half of my life, so any excuse to escape to the mountains (the Mountains out WEST specifically) is a dream for me (that was my ‘normal’ for so much of my life, so I am certain if I had grown up near a coast/beach, I would probably LOVE the beach, so haters please stop judging me).
So anyway: our 2 year anniversary fell on a Monday (June 18th) of this year, and we took a 3 day trip to Denver, CO to check out the city and its many outdoor adventures. Honestly, Denver did not impress me that much (sorry, please don’t hurt me with your mind yet). I think I was a bit overwhelmed with the city, but once we got out of the city to enjoy the mountains I felt more at ‘home’ and more at ease.
Since we had only 3 days to enjoy Colorado, we tried to cram as many things in as possible! Here was what we did:
Day 1) Friday-we walked around downtown Denver. It was EXTREMELY hot that day (like way above the normal temp. level for a normal Denver day….so maybe that’s another reason why I didn’t enjoy the city that much). However, I was impressed with how green and clean the city was. I loved all the parks and the bridges. I didn’t have my SD card on me at the time, so I didn’t get to take any photos with my Nikon. Near the end of the day, it was so hot that Ty suggested we go and see “The Incredibles 2” just to get out of the heat, and I am SO happy he suggested that because pregnant-overheated Dolly is no fun to be around. However, I ended up crying half of the movie because of the mini film before The Incredibles 2, and the movie itself was so good and it kept on taking me back to college because the 1st one came out in 2004/2005 when I was a Sophomore/Junior in college (#Hormones). Anyway, Day One was just really low-key, but it was a great walking day for me, so I won’t complain. Plus, any day off with Ty is my favorite!
Day 2) Ty and I woke up and drove to hike St. Mary’s Glacier . We ended up having to drive back to Idaho Springs, CO (the small town next to the Glacier, because we had no cash on us b/c parking at the Glacier took $5 cash only….and of course we only had $4 on us! LOL!) while in Idaho Springs we decided to explore a bit, and we met some interestingly fun and helpful people who pointed us in the right direction of obtaining cash (thanks Brian from Safeway!) (P.S. Brian from the Idaho Springs Safeway, if you are reading this, which I highly doubt you are, Ty and I loved meeting you and we hope you are well!) After our little detour into Idaho Springs, Ty and I were able to hike St. Mary’s Glacier and it was one of the most challenging hikes for me yet (I think it was because of the elevation mixed with the fact that I’m pregnant and not as fast as I used to be). It took me a while to get adjusted to everything, but it was worth the hike and wait to get to the Glacier. I finally got to see snow and take all the photos with my new camera. After St. Mary’s Glacier, Ty and I drove to Evergreen, CO for lunch. After lunch we just went back to our Airbnb and I ended up sick on the bed because of all the hiking I had experienced (plus I don’t think the baby really appreciated the change of elevation). But nonetheless, I had a BLAST on Saturday, and I am so happy we explored St. Mary’s Glacier! Truly such a breath-taking day!
Day 3) Was another day outside of Denver. We drove to The Garden of the Gods and spent several hours hiking/walking exploring this beautiful (and FREE) park (underline beautiful ten thousand times, because Garden of the Gods was/is incredible!) (My new goal in life is to do a styled shoot here OR even a wedding shoot here-it’s seriously SO gorgeous!). After lunch we drove up to Pikes Peak and experienced even more breath-taking views of Colorado. Also when we got to the top of Pikes Peak, there was a donut shop there so of course we ate some donuts (and I promptly got sick there too because Baby D HATES it when I have fun in life-haha!) (No but seriously, once Baby D is out of me, I am going to eat all the donuts and have the time of my life!) Anyway, Day 3 was my FAVORITE day in Colorado because I loved spending so much time outside.
Okay, so the following are some of my favorite photos taken on my new Nikon D750 (with a Sigma Art 35mm lens and an 85mm lens). I need to travel more with my camera (instead of just taking iPhone photos), and I am so happy Ty was patient enough to let me stop every 5-10 feet to take more photos of him. Thanks TY!
Thanks for following me and for reading all about our 2 year anniversary adventures! It was truly such a blessing getting to experience Colorado with my love and getting to escape Nashville (the hot/humid south) for a couple of days. I cannot wait to go back West in the Fall (for our baby-moon) and I am already counting down the days to our next trip!
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