Friday, May 18, 2012


I love Starbucks vanilla frapps. I often buy the bottled ones at the food cart at work. I pick one up at the checkout while buying groceries. I did so yesterday. This morning I saw it with delight awaiting me in the fridge. It was a 13 oz-er. I drank it rather quickly as it was delicious and I haven't had one in a long time.

Well, I think I might be paying for it. Baby had very little caffeine in utero. Very little caffeine so far in his milk. Well, he has been acting more fussy than normal today, has difficulty staying asleep when he naps, and has spit up (just milk, not actual spit up) more than normal. I don't need caffeine to make it through the day, but I sure do like the taste of vanilla frapps! Maybe I'll buy some decaf vanilla coffee to brew at home and then ice it. I would hate to lose that taste until Jack stops needing milk.

I plan to pump/nurse at least until Jack's 1 year old. Possibly longer, but he'd be eating a lot of other foods by that time at least. But... I'm hoping to be pregnant again by the time he's 1 year... so then it all starts over again. I'm thankful I just have this "issue" with coffee drinks, and it's just a taste issue- not a need issue. If I enjoyed alcohol I don't know what I'd do! I'd be much more adamant about zero alcohol during pregnancy and while nursing. At least small amounts of caffeine are acceptable during both. I still limit it (I think I had 2 regular coffees and only a handful of decafs during pregnancy this time), but it's nice to know the medical field has ok-ed some.

Speaking of which, I seriously wonder if my lack of caffeine during pregnancy has helped Jack being the laid back baby he is? I don't know if we can ever know that for sure, but it'd be interesting to study. I could drink caffeine every day of my next pregnancy... but I won't. Plus, Jack could just be laid back and the second baby could just be high maintenance regardless of caffeine intake. But, I like to imagine that my lack of caffeine helped him be more calm.