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I didn’t think that I would need coffee once I quit my job and decided to stay home.  I thought coffee was only because I would wake up really early in the morning and drive a 45 minute commute.  I thought coffee was only because I needed to stay awake and productive for the eight hours I was working.


Turns out, I still need coffee.

Sure, I wake up a little later than I used to.  Sure, I’m not driving anywhere unless we have to.  Sure, being productive at home is a lot more different that being productive at work.

But I still need coffee…

Oh well.

And because I don’t have time to prepare a freshly brewed cup…

And because I don’t have my Keurig anymore (nor do I really want one anymore.. but that’s another blog entry for later..)..

And because I haven’t perfected the art of making the perfect up of coffee with my French press..

I drink instant coffee… it’s definitely not the best, but it’s quick and it seems to do the trick.

Now, if I could just build my own little Starbucks inside my kitchen.. that would be perfect!

… you’re daughter asks for coffee with her dinner…

True story.

No.  She didn’t get any.

The end.

For the first part of February, I will be counting down my 14 loves  until I get to February 14th.  This is a great way to get back to blogging daily again, and a way to make Valentine’s Day worth it this year!

I love Starbucks, but Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf more…

I love coffee.  If I could, I’d drink coffee everyday.  But since we are trying for another baby, and coffee every weekday usually leads to headaches on the weekends, I haven’t been drinking any caffienated drinks.  This slight obstacle doesn’t stop me from making frequent visits to Starbucks.  I love that they have oatmeal for breakfast and sandwiches and salads for lunch.  If Coffee Bean was more accessible, I’d probably go there for their tea lattes. 

I love that Starbucks has their rewards system.  I love that Starbucks has an app to pay.  I love how convenient Starbucks likes making my life.

I go to Starbucks so much that M even knows the logo.  It never fails that every time we see the logo she exclaims, “Starbucks!”

Yup.. I love Starbucks!

It’s been almost a week since I started this whole “preconception” thing.  For a refresher, click here.

I’ve had coffee twice.  Small cups.  No more venti sizes for me.  AND, I’ve stopped using all that fake sugar Splenda. 

I actually liked the Splenda and fake sugars.  For me, they made my coffee taste so much sweeter.  I know that those fake sugars are bad for me.  But, sheesh!  They were sweet!

When I caved the other day and purchased a tall coffee, I used Sugar In The Raw. 

My coffee did not taste sweet.  I’ve depended on the sweetness of fake sugars, like Splenda and Equal, for so long that I never enjoyed how real sugar made my stuff taste.

Oh well. 

I’ve been on my pre-natal vitamins for about a week too.  Everytime I take it, I feel yucky.  I totally remember feeling yucky the first time I was taking it too.  I started taking it a month before Hubby and I got married and I remember just feeling so gross for about a week or two.  I guess it takes a while for a body to adjust to the sudden influx of all these vitamins.

I have to admit that I don’t feel AS bad as I did the first time.  That’s a start, right?

I know I will be able to kick this coffee habit again.  I did it for M, I can do it for the next one.

But it’s so hard!  It’s difficult because I’m up late dealing with a toddler that isn’t sleepy during bedtime.  Then, I have to get up early to get to work.  I need that caffeine boost.

I can do it though.  I know I can. 

Oh coffee… why do I love you so??

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So.. everyone knows I’m a coffee freak.. and everyone knows that because Joe and I are married.. there is a chance that one of these months I may get pregnant.. it’s the direction we’re heading in.. and we wouldn’t mind being blessed with a baby Q when God sees it fit..

Anyway.. back to coffee..

I’m sitting here sipping on a Grande Iced Coffee from Starbucks..

So.. knowing my mom and other fam and friends are super excited and anxiously waiting for me to call them with the words “I’m prego!”.. I thought I should look into the whole “caffiene and pregnancy” thing..

I found this article.. Caffiene in pregnancy on the March of Dimes website (

Moderate caffiene intake is ok.. about 200-300 mgs of caffiene a day.. they recommend reducing intake to about 200 mgs a day.. which is about the size of a tall coffee at Starbucks.. about 12 0z..

I’m drinking a GRANDE!!!  EEK..

I guess there are conflicting studies about the impact of caffiene when trying to concieve.. but they recommend staying away from heavy consumption.. which is about 500 mgs of caffiene..

I don’t think I really ever have had 500 mgs of coffee.. maybe when I was doing that looooong commute from Fullerton to Fontana and back.. man.. that was bad! 

But honestly.. I’ve reduced my coffee consumption quite significantly.. I don’t even need a cup of coffee a day.. so..

I guess I’m ok..

I can finish this drink guilt-free…

They say that the first step to recovery is admission.. well.. here is my first step:

I am a caffeine addict.

Ok.. so that may not be news to most people that know me.. everyone that knows me pretty much knows that coffee runs through my veins.

I’ve been on a slow ween from coffee for a week or two.. the plan was to have it be a slooooow withdrawl..

I’ve been in San Diego this weekend and didn’t have coffee at all on Saturday.  I didn’t feel it though (surprisingly!) because we were so busy doing wedding stuff and meandering around San Diego that the withdrawl symptoms didn’t hit me..

So.. I figured I could survive the whole weekend without the coffee..

WRONG.. by mid-day Sunday.. I was dying… after Mass I practically begged my fiance to take me to a Starbucks..

My mistake was to buy a tall-sized Java Chip Lite.. I thought that small caffeine fix would be enough for me to get by..

WRONG again!  The advil I took is FINALLY kicking in after suffering a good chunk of my afternoon with a major tension headache right behind my eyes.. for awhile I thought I was suffering from a migrane.. but after thinking it through.. I really think that it’s the lack of caffeine I’ve had all weekend..

Rachie.. we have a problem..

I think it’s time that I take this caffeine thing seriously and really try to get over this addiction.. I cannot have my daily activities hindered by this withdrawl symptoms.. that’s ridiculous..

So.. on top of my “weening” technique.. and short of just going “cold turkey” does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get over this whole coffee thing?!

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