About decaf mama

My name is Abrie. That's a long A followed by your favorite cheese, brie. I wanted to start this blog because I wanted to do something that I'm really have a passion for - and that's writing. Sometimes I feel like I haven't had much to write about, until now. My son, Julian Harold was born on January 15th, 2018 weighing in at 8 lbs. & 1 oz. and 21 inches long. He's amazing. He gave me something to write about.

Where did the name "Decaf Mama" come from? Well, coffee was the 2nd thing I gave up when I found out that I was pregnant (1st was alcohol along with hard drugs - I'm kidding about the drugs, y'all - but there are plenty of over-the-counter drugs I couldn't take either, so hey, technically true).

I grew up drinking coffee. My Momo Jane (pronounced Maw-Maw) used to make me coffee-milk every morning when I stayed at her house. A little Community Coffee, some milk, and a lot of sugar. It was perfection. I went on to drink coffee casually with my family and then once I got to college, I hit the hard stuff - even working as a Starbucks barista for a couple of years. I appreciate a good cup of freshly-brewed black coffee (Starbuck's Morning Joe - it used to be called Gold Coast - is my favorite and pairs well with caramel fudge cheesecake in case you were curious).

But once I found out I was pregnant, I remember all of the things you hear about caffeine contributing to low birth weight in babies and all that. I have no idea if this is true or not. I'm not here to judge your caffeine intake, tell you what's wrong or right for you - but just share my experiences and what does and doesn't work for me.

Anyway, then I began my decaf journey out of fear. I used to talk trash about decaf, thinking "what's the point?" Now I understand. I really just love the taste of coffee. I have been drinking decaf for almost a year now after deciding to stick with it through breastfeeding and then maybe not go back to caffeine, ever. It's a tough call to make, but we'll see. For now, here's everything I have to say about pregnancy, delivery, postpartum, parenting and life, in general. Enjoy!

-Abe

 
 A sketch of me and Julian while I'm holding a cup of decaf - which is probably controversial (you shouldn't drink hot beverages while holding a baby). Drawn by: Kristi Bulot

A sketch of me and Julian while I'm holding a cup of decaf - which is probably controversial (you shouldn't drink hot beverages while holding a baby). Drawn by: Kristi Bulot