Coffee: A New Way to be Not Tired!

this used to be a bathroom

Give me some caffeine, and this what I can do.

Yeah! So! Yeah!

Let’s review the past 9 years!

  • December 2002: I get pregnant. Give up coffee like the books scared me into doing (also, was barfing too much to ingest much of anything).
  • January 2003: Dave tells me, in the nicest way possible, that I am much less bitchy without caffeine.
  • 2003: Henry is born! And he never sleeps. Ever. I am too frightened to drink coffee again, afraid that he’ll get a caffeine molecule and, improbably, sleep even less.
  • 2006-2010: I have another kid, then another, and then another.

Sleep doesn’t really happen at all anywhere in there. Yet I don’t drink coffee. Well, I do. I drink decaf. Because I love coffee. The taste, the ritual, the warm mug. All that. (Also the leftover coffee you can make into iced coffee after lunch.) But the kids don’t sleep, so I don’t sleep, and I continue to view caffeine as the Monster Under the Bed who will pinch at their toes if I dare to take a sip.

Then, last week, Dave and I were having Yet Another Conversation about how I have all sorts of lovely intentions, but I never do any of them. That, at the end of the day, I wonder what I did at all. And that it makes me feel like a lame-o.

And the universe spoke. It said: DRINK COFFEE. DRINK REAL COFFEE, JULIE.

And I did! I did! And then I went crazy. I cleaned the house and challenged Dave to a game of basketball even though he’s a foot taller than me (I lost, but got a respectable number of baskets), and then we demolished part of our house! And now I speak only in exclamations!

What took me so long? Why didn’t anyone tell me, remind me, that coffee will make me less tired? That I might get more done?

Hello, joe. I missed you.

Comments (8)

  1. Tamra June 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

    You are awesome! I started drinking coffee after my third born. My second born was only 15 months old at the time and boy when that new baby arrived I found that “Joe” was my new best friend! Regarding the “lovely intentions” I have decided that life happens in stages, I have about 30 stages left which includes all the lovely intentions of my own, spread out over time….right now I am very busy keeping my family safe and moving forward with a solid foundation and direction…everything else will come!

  2. Elizabeth June 4, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Timely post. I was thinking about you yesterday (really) and wondering if you were still off coffee. I need to make some dietary changes due to some health issues and giving up coffee is recommended. And, I thought about you and said to myself, “If Julie can make it without coffee, well then…maybe I can, too.” But, I am having a really hard time. In fact, I am drinking a cup as I write this. But now, I see that people CAN’T make it without coffee. At least not indefinitely. Nevertheless, I will try to reduce my intake. But, perhaps you should increase yours. Keep us posted!

  3. Julie June 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks Tamra! I agree with life happening in stages, and I know I’m not supposed to be getting a TON done with all my littles around, but I really was getting the bare, bare minimum done on many days. I can’t believe it took me so long to realize I was just tired. I think I was too tired to figure it out!

    Elizabeth, I’m not sure I would have been able to give up coffee so easily in the first place if I hadn’t been feeling awful and not wanting to ingest *anything*. Good luck! Seems like if you gradually decreased the amount of caf in your coffee, it’d be easier to deal with the transition?

  4. susan June 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    My goodness – what have you torn up there, Missy? I’ve cut down to two cups in the morning (during weekdays) and try to hold it at 3 on weekends. But it’s tough, as I do love my Joe.

  5. Robyn June 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

    That is some gorgeous demo, Ju! Clearly, coffee just enhances you. I limit myself to weekends (who wants an amped cranio therapist?). Oh, Joe, we love you so.

  6. LoriO June 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    If you ever have time for a nap, the perfect thing is to have a cup of coffee, lie down for a nap, and then in 20 minutes with the caffeine kicks in, it will wake you up and you will have had the optimum nap, with no groggy feeling.

  7. Julie June 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Susan: it’s our upstairs bathroom. Finally expanding from a half bath to a full bath.

    Lori: That is brilliant.

  8. Chris Stelzig December 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Just stumbled across this post. SO VERY FUNNY!

    Miss you guys.


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