Tuesday, September 2, 2014

the first one.

My pregnant self spent 10 hours in crazy high temperatures on Saturday and I couldn't be happier about it. We tailgated, cheered and celebrated for our first home game against NC Central this weekend, and despite 92 degree temps and 300% humidity (okay, that one might be an exaggeration), we had an absolute blast.


me & Dee
Our tailgate lot opened at 2pm for the 8pm game, so naturally we got there at 12:30 to line up to get in. The girls hung out in the shade while we waited for the staff to let us in and then claimed "our spot" when it got closer to tailgate time. It's funny, our lot (Elmhurst Lot) is the last tailgate lot that doesn't have numbered spots, while you pay to be able to park in the lot, the spots are actually first come first serve. We have the spot that we always park in so we have to go "claim" it fairly early on to avoid any newbies trying to take it.

I supervised several games of Flip Cup and cornhole from my chair and ate all I wanted (because carbs don't count on gameday... just don't tell my OB). I made a kind of hybrid version of the Lucky Rainbow Chex Mix & Confetti Cake Muddy Buddy mix by using the vanilla coating version (including the butter & almond extract and heavy cream) of the confetti cake recipe with the cereal/marshmallow guts of the Lucky Rainbow recipe. Then I also roasted some potatoes & made my favorite fruit salsa with homemade cinnamon tortilla chips. Of course, I also brought a giant bag of grapes because I've been craving those like crazy.





The biggest surprise of the day was the weird looks I got from a TON of people. At first, I thought I was just being paranoid and self-conscious about looking so pregnant (and about my belly button poking out a good inch), but then my friend started noticing too. What, is a pregnant girl supposed to just sit at home and not enjoy tailgating or a football game?

me and our "famous" cousin Kasey (who recently sang with Keith Urban!!)



I was so happy to be back in our stadium, cheering on our team. We had a great game with an AMAZING play that involved our quarterback Sean Carden passing the ball to a running back Breon Allen who then passed it to (my favorite) receiver who threw a 41 yard pass to another receiver, Isaiah Jones for a touchdown. It was unbelievable.



With the score at 38 to 7 at the end of the 3rd quarter, we decided to call it a night (it was 10:30pm and we'd been in the sunshine since 12:30pm, woof). The Pirates won 52 to 7 against Central and our next game is away in Columbia, SC against the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Josh is making the trip to watch the game and I am super jealous!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Your first home football game might be tomorrow if...


  • You had to legit make a list of when to start prepping food, just so you have ample time to have it all ready, yet still tasting fresh while allowing yourself enough time to get ready for the game in the morning. It's a process, y'all. 



  • After gulping down your morning orange juice quickly because you were running late, you had the sudden urge to put the empty cup on the edge of the table and flip it at lightning speed.

just your average 9am game of flipcup last year...

  • Your first text message of the morning was this:




  • You have checked the clock all morning willing it to say 5pm so you can go home and get this party started. 


  • You've known what game day outfit you're going to wear since forever (or since you ordered it offline/bought it at a local boutique), but you found yourself laying it out on the bed this morning just to make sure it still looks awesome (which it totally does). 

28 weeks pregnant + 92 degrees = maxi dress


  • You've been stalking your athletics/equipment/college radio social media sites for updates. 

  • You're dressed in game day colors today (which is basically every Friday around here since we always #paintitpurple). 



  • You and your friends have texted all morning, finalizing plans even though they've been decided on for months. 


  • Your/your husband's/your boyfriend's truck is already packed with the tent, chairs, grill and charcoal and the tailgate lot hang-tang is already in place. 



also....

How I feel when inviting people to an East Carolina University tailgate:





Thursday, August 28, 2014

I passed, kinda.

So you may have seen this glorious picture on my Instagram on Tuesday:


Yours truly failed the one-hour glucose screening test (which is just a routine check of a pregnant lady's blood sugar level in reaction to a nasty, nasty glucose solution). I failed that joker the first time around with Sawyer too, so I wasn't too surprised when I got the call saying my level was elevated and I needed to take the longer, 3-hour glucose tolerance test.

So, despite really needing to be at work on Tuesday morning (since it was our first day of classes), I grabbed my iPad and headed to the lab to hang out for almost four hours and drink a super dosage of the glucose drink and get my blood drawn every hour for 3 hours, all while fasting since midnight the night before. Needless to say, I was hungry, ill and super dehydrated by the time I left that place.

Later that night, I got a call from my doctor's nurse saying, "Well, you passed.... technically." I replied with a "yay?!?". Apparently I managed to pass the glucose tolerance test with a blood sugar level of 179... the absolute highest result you can get and still be considered passing. So, if I had a level of 180, I would have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

So what does that mean kinda pass mean? Well on the plus side, it means I don't have to take insulin. But on the not-so-plus side it means I am going to have to limit my carb and sugar intake even more than I already have, and I'll have to get a finger prick every time I visit the doctor now to check my levels.

It's weird, in all the different times I have dieted or watched what I ate, I never really looked at carb & sugar levels, just calories so I was pretty surprised to find some of the things I thought were fairly low in carbs & sugars were actually reasonably high. Who knew banana chips and dried apples were actually so carb-y?

So, I went and stocked up on some veggies, hummus, Wholly Guacomole dip, low-carb chips and crackers and some Laughing Cow cheese wedges. We'll see how this goes!