Mommy wants a drink-poo?

I don’t really drink.

I add “really” because it’s true that I do drink, occassionally. Once every couple of months, during get-togethers with friends, I will have a couple of drinks to get a “giddy fun buzz.” That is the extent of my drinking — it’s for a purpose, you might say.
It’s not because I am “against” drinking. I just hate beer … and wine … and hard liquor, unless it’s in a half-ounce dose, mixed with club soda. I don’t like the taste of any of it, and I don’t like the feeling of losing control. That combination pretty much equals me not drinking.

This is sometimes hard, because I am constantly defending myself. Fighting preggo rumours. Feeling pressure to drink when I just want a freaking Diet Coke. I don’t care if you’re drinking a martini, I feel like saying, so why can’t I just drink this?

Because of all of this, I have never been one of those people who bemoaned not drinking for nine-plus months. It won’t really be any different than usual.
But I came across an article yesterday that suggests that mommies … um … like to hit the bottle? Seriously. It said that even moms who didn’t really drink much before they had kids were having a few drinks every single night. As soon as their baby can take a bottle, they are “pumping and dumping” so they can have a drink.
Does this mean I am destined to be a boozer? Ah, I don’t think so. But it is interesting that having kids could … and would … drive some women to drink. The article went on to say that they drank to “blur the edges,” and have some fun besides laundry and carpooling.
I don’t think this is the case for everyone, of course. The moms who turn to mucho alcohol-o probably loved to party and drink before having kids, so it’s natural that they turn back to their old “vice.”
As for me, I think a baby screaming for hours would definitely drive me to potato chips. They don’t come in a pretty cocktail glass, but hey — a vice is a vice.

2 Comments on “Mommy wants a drink-poo?

  1. hahah I can't imagine a non-drinker picking up the bottle after birth .. but you never know!

    I know what you mean about how annoying it can be when people question why you're not drinking. My husband doesn't drink for religious reasons and people always want to know why. Why is not drinking a choice that has to be defended?

    On another note, I know someone whose wife is preggers and he said she's having a hard time with not drinking. She's been making mock drinks with rum extract. He also said that they've read that after the first trimester that it's ok to have a drink here and there. I don't know what they're reading, but I would never consider risking it for “one drink here and there.”

    Crazy ..

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  2. Rum extract? I've never even heard of that. I don't know — I can't imagine craving a drink while pregnant and risking your baby's health, but since I don't like the taste of alcohol to begin with, I can't really judge.

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Mommy wants a drink-poo?

I don’t really drink.

I add “really” because it’s true that I do drink, occassionally. Once every couple of months, during get-togethers with friends, I will have a couple of drinks to get a “giddy fun buzz.” That is the extent of my drinking — it’s for a purpose, you might say.
It’s not because I am “against” drinking. I just hate beer … and wine … and hard liquor, unless it’s in a half-ounce dose, mixed with club soda. I don’t like the taste of any of it, and I don’t like the feeling of losing control. That combination pretty much equals me not drinking.

This is sometimes hard, because I am constantly defending myself. Fighting preggo rumours. Feeling pressure to drink when I just want a freaking Diet Coke. I don’t care if you’re drinking a martini, I feel like saying, so why can’t I just drink this?

Because of all of this, I have never been one of those people who bemoaned not drinking for nine-plus months. It won’t really be any different than usual.
But I came across an article yesterday that suggests that mommies … um … like to hit the bottle? Seriously. It said that even moms who didn’t really drink much before they had kids were having a few drinks every single night. As soon as their baby can take a bottle, they are “pumping and dumping” so they can have a drink.
Does this mean I am destined to be a boozer? Ah, I don’t think so. But it is interesting that having kids could … and would … drive some women to drink. The article went on to say that they drank to “blur the edges,” and have some fun besides laundry and carpooling.
I don’t think this is the case for everyone, of course. The moms who turn to mucho alcohol-o probably loved to party and drink before having kids, so it’s natural that they turn back to their old “vice.”
As for me, I think a baby screaming for hours would definitely drive me to potato chips. They don’t come in a pretty cocktail glass, but hey — a vice is a vice.

2 Comments on “Mommy wants a drink-poo?

  1. hahah I can't imagine a non-drinker picking up the bottle after birth .. but you never know!I know what you mean about how annoying it can be when people question why you're not drinking. My husband doesn't drink for religious reasons and people always want to know why. Why is not drinking a choice that has to be defended?On another note, I know someone whose wife is preggers and he said she's having a hard time with not drinking. She's been making mock drinks with rum extract. He also said that they've read that after the first trimester that it's ok to have a drink here and there. I don't know what they're reading, but I would never consider risking it for “one drink here and there.”Crazy ..

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  2. Rum extract? I've never even heard of that. I don't know — I can't imagine craving a drink while pregnant and risking your baby's health, but since I don't like the taste of alcohol to begin with, I can't really judge.

    Like

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