If you moms could pick one absolute, everyday necessity to help get you through the day, what would it be?
For actress and new mom Jodi Sweetin, best known for her role as Stephanie on TV’s “Full House,” it’s caffeine.
“I live on coffee,” she told PEOPLE. “With an almost 3-year-old who is a night owl and doesn’t like to go to bed until almost 11 p.m., and a 6 month old who likes to wake up at 6:30 a.m., coffee is a necessity!”
I can only assume that Sweetin is no longer breastfeeding, since caffeine comes through a woman’s breast milk and can sometimes make baby jittery and irritable – not to mention have painful gas and stomach upsets. And since she’s described her little girl as “the happiest, most content little baby,” I’m guessing that’s probably the case.
She’s not the only mother on the planet that uses caffeine as her escape.
In fact, one of my friends recently posted a caption on her Facebook page that read, “This might make me a bad person, but I am VERY tempted to drink a whole bunch of Dr. Pepper today.” She then posted a picture of a large puddle of spit-up with a caption that read, “This is what happens when I drink caffeine.” She believes she’s a bad person for wanting drink it anyway at her “sweet baby’s expense.”
I think that as mothers, we all have some sort of Achilles heel. For some, it’s that caffeine fix. For others it’s a favorite kids television program that they turn on to distract their kid long enough while they do laundry, clean the house or take a shower.
While I’ve never been a fan of caffeinated sodas, I guess I sort of get my “fix” another way: through chocolate. I absolutely love it. I could eat it all day long. I admit at my most stressful times of the day, I raid my pantry for whatever chocolate I have on hand (sometimes it’s just plain old Nestle chocolate chips) and have my own cheesy Dove commercial moment. But I do try to ration myself, for my waist’s AND baby’s sake. Because I am still breastfeeding, I don’t want to make him uncomfortable. For me, that wouldn’t be worth it.
Have you ever felt guilty for doing something for yourself that may not be in your child’s best interests?