Can you survive motherhood without coffee?

Survive Motherhood Without Coffee - The Growing Mum

Everyone knows that us mummies do nothing else but meet up for coffee and cake every day (disclaimer: this may not be true). The problem is, I don’t actually like coffee. I’ve had enough coffee dates now that I’m prepared for the reaction when I ask for water, or if I’m feeling adventurous and not too sleepy, a hot chocolate. I appease their worried, anxious looks by quickly stating that I do LOVE the smell of coffee, it’s just the taste that I can’t stand. The aroma has a kind of masculine huskiness that draws me in, promises me a good time then farts on my taste buds down.  I’ve tried numerous frothy variations, hoping that something will click one day like it did with olives but it hasn’t just yet.

Why do I put myself through the taste test? Well coffee has been touted as this sexy energy revitaliser that everyone is drinking so who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? But more importantly, Baby E is yet to sleep through the night so I’ve been running on fumes for the past year and that’s not counting the pregnancy insomnia. It would be so much easier to down a cup in the morning and get on with it but it turns out, coffee is just not my cup of tea (ha!).

Verdict

So is it possible to survive motherhood without coffee? Of course, you just need to find your vice – the thing that keeps you going, keeps your eyelids from shutting as even blinking could send you into a deep sleep. At least until your child becomes a teenager and refuses to get out of bed (that’s the typical consolation I get for my lack of sleep). Mine appears to be soldiering on through the day with a long to do list then crashing out in the evening. Any dull moment and I’m done for, especially at work. Shhhh don’t tell my boss!

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23 thoughts on “Can you survive motherhood without coffee?

  • September 4, 2017 at 3:24 pm
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    I don’t like coffee either, even the smell does nothing for me and people tend to find that odd x

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    • September 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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      It’s not a cheap habit either but I guess it’s woven into our culture now. People’s reaction always amuses me on this. Like they were born drinking coffee 🙈

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  • September 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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    I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make it as far as you. I think I was bang on the coffee and the energy drinks when Luke was younger!

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    • September 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm
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      They do take a lot out of us don’t they. Good thing they’re worth it. Love your blog name 💖

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  • September 5, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    I love coffee but I agree you definitely don’t need it to function. Sadly for me I’m allergic to caffeine so I just drink it for the taste x

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  • September 5, 2017 at 9:54 am
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    I love coffee, but it doesn’t like me. Just one cup gives me the shakes. So, unfortunately, it’s decaf only for me.

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    • September 5, 2017 at 9:05 am
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      Does decaf taste the same? Wondering whether it’d be a more acceptable taste to my taste buds hehe

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  • September 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
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    I can definitely survive without coffee as I can’t stand it, wine on the other hand, definitely not

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    • September 5, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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      You’re the one of the few in the no-coffee camp too. Wine I can take it or leave it really. I discovered that gin and lemonade is my thing or any cocktail where you can’t taste the alcohol hahah

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  • September 5, 2017 at 5:07 pm
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    Oh, I absolutely NEED my coffee in the mornings, but that’s probably because it is a ritual more than anything else. I live in Sweden and people often raise their eyebrows to learn tea isn’t my favourite hot drink!

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  • September 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    I stopped drinking coffee for a few months – once it was out of my system I felt so much better for it – but as the weather is getting colder I find I’m reaching for it again.

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    • September 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm
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      Oh no! Are you not a fan of tea?

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  • September 6, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    I would be totally at a loss without my morning cuppa(s). Can’t say I ever do the cake and coffee thing with other Mums though, I just get my fix at home by myself. 🙂

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    • September 6, 2017 at 6:55 am
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      Sounds sensible and cheaper to do at home really. I resent the cost of drinks in these establishments but sometimes I don’t fancy water

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  • September 7, 2017 at 8:23 am
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    I don’t think I would! But then again, I only have 1 or 2 a day so I am not addicted. It’s not because I am a mother. I just need a boost in the mornings!

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    • September 7, 2017 at 8:24 am
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      Have you ever gone a day without? My other half only has 1 or 2 at work then has this massive craving at the weekend. Not sure whether it’s addiction or just tiredness for him hahha

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  • September 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm
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    I really love the taste and smell of coffee and have to limit myself to two cups a day or I would never get any sleep!

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  • September 29, 2017 at 9:04 am
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    I converted to coffee from tea a few months ago, now I can’t survive without my morning coffee!

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  • November 20, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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    I luuuurve coffee. I have to have decaf though as I work nights and the caffeine plays hell with my sleep pattern.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm
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    I also hate the taste of coffee! I wondered if there was another mom out there who didn’t like it! Glad there are at least two of us in the “I hate coffee” club!

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    • January 11, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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      Hahaha yay someone else with me on this 🙂

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  • January 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm
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    I am also not a coffee drinker, but I am a snob about my tea and especially chai tea! I also sometimes get my caffeine from (gasp) coke, which is even worse for me than coffee would be!

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  • January 13, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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    I love the smell also, but when I drink it I get stomach aches. I usually drink black tea in a household of coffee drinkers 🙂
    You can get through mothering without coffee;)

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