In Kentucky at this time of year everyone (okay, almost everyone) starts to shift thinking from football to basketball, especially UK fans! October 16th was the first day college teams could start having of official practices. Each year UK hold Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena to ring in the new basketball season. This was not just any BBM it was the first with our new coach John Calipari, so this was a big deal! We knew we had tickets and were going, but we couldn't decide what we should do with Nolan. Should we take him to his first BBM? Or would it be too loud and too much for a one month old? We really wanted to take him but we didn't want to put him in any danger with the noise and crowd. So we did want any green and novice parents would do, we talked to our pediatrician. It was just a coincidence that the morning of BBM we had our one month check up! And to our surprise he gave us the green light to take him, so we did! Please understand if he would've told us not to take him or seemed worried about Nolan we would not have taken him!
We left for Lexington right after his doctors appointment. Nolan was AMAZING on the way there, he slept the whole 2.5 hour drive! When we arrived in Lexington I fed Nolan and then we went to meet up with Matt's dad and brother. On the way to meet them, I was bored and decided to read our tickets and thank goodness I did! On the back of our tickets it said "all children require a ticket regardless of age." CRAP!!! Matt and I both had a ticket but we didn't get him one or even think of getting him one since he is a month old and would be sitting on our lap. That's when the trip got a little stressful. What to do? Do we try to sneak him in? Do we attempt to sweet talk the person taking tickets? Do I send Nolan in with Matt and I go somewhere? At this point I was already googling the closest mall! Well, the story has a happy ending! Matt was able to talk to a Lexington Metro officer and explained our situation and he spoke with guest services and they let us in!!! Hallelujah!
We had a great time at BBM! Nolan was an angel! Once again, he slept through the whole thing! This lil boy can sleep! He slept through fireworks, the pep band, the crowd, and music...we joke that the louder it is the better he sleeps! He finally did awaken from his slumber towards the end because he was hungry-so I slipped out and had to nurse him in a bathroom stall (not my proudest..or classiest moment as a mommy but you do what you gotta do!) However, when I was in the bathroom I ran into another mommy and baby! Her daughter was 3 months old but I was still excited to see another little one there! We had to stop and chit chat about some of the dirty looks we got and compare notes on our lil babes! Nothing like 2 mommies crossing paths to nurse in a bathroom stall at a sporting event!
We had a great time and I am so glad we took Nolan with us! It looks like it is going to be a great year...for our new family and our beloved CATS! C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!