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I absolutely love coffee. When I was pregnant I had an awful aversion to it the first trimester, but thankfully, got my taste for it back after that. I only allowed myself one cup a day though...so it wouldn't hurt the baby. Once the baby was born, I thought I could enjoy coffee again. I knew I was breastfeeding, but I figured one or two medium coffees a day wouldn't hurt anything.
Boy was I wrong.
Since I returned to work I've been drinking two coffees a day. I never thought anything of it cause I usually wouldn't keep the milk that I pumped during the work day. I was making plenty for Olivia without that milk (basically, I make too much). But, a few weeks ago, I discovered that Olivia would actually nurse from me, so started transitioning her to nursing when I was home. We've successfully made the transition (yay!! no more quality time with my best friend the breast pump every three hours) and now am not only not dumping the milk pumped at work, but hoarding every last drop of it.
Last week, Olivia was basically a no nap baby. Hubs complained that she would fall asleep for a minute, and then wake up immediately. When I got home, I wouldn't be able to instantly lull her to sleep with my mommy powers. I would have to rock her and walk her around the house for nearly two hours before she drifted to dreamland. Friday night, she was really fussy and the rocking wasn't working, so we put her in the car for a ride. Now, usually the car is a magical place where Olivia doesn't cry, but not that night. She cried non stop until we turned around and returned home. Saturday basically picked off where Friday left off. Then, I had a thought. Could my coffee drinking be ruining our happy baby?
|It's blurry but... that's one unhappy baby...|
Sunday I didn't drink any coffee (well minus the sip Hubs gave me of his DELICIOUS iced coffee), and Olivia was happy all day. She even took a nap in her crib....for nearly two hours. The evidence was very conclusive. I was ruining my daughters demeanor with my coffee addiction.
|That's much better.......|
So...now I'm off the sauce, and mornings are just depressing. Not only do I have to get out of bed and get ready for work, but I have to do it without a warm (or cold) cup of coffee. I have been having a cup of tea directly after I nurse just go I won't get a caffeine headache, but it isn't the same. I miss my coffee. If only Olivia shared the same love as I do.
Here's my question for you....what do you drink in the morning if you aren't drinking coffee??