Giving Up Beer: A Mother’s Journey
9 months ago, I was just like any other beer nerd. I went to beer bars, getting overly excited when something special was on tap. I planned out my strategies at beer festivals. I wrote tasting notes. I bonded with friends over amazing beers.
Beer was a hobby of mine, something I knew a lot about and enjoyed greatly. For the past 8 months, beer has been something I cannot indulge in. Of course, I am happy to give up beer for the baby I will hold in less than 2 months, but I miss it, I really do. I miss feeling connected to the culture and writing about my experiences on bb.com. Can’t wait to get back at it!
I think about the next chapter in my life, it wont be the same. I wont be spending all day on a sunny Saturday slinging back IPAs and stouts. Instead, I look forward to the time when I can go out with my new family, enjoy a beer, get reacquainted with the flavors, take some notes and relax (as much as you can with an infant).
Pregnant women make many sacrifices. I could go on for several lines- I will spare you. All I know is that the first real beer I have, is going to be a good one.
If you couldn’t have a beer for 9 months, what would your first beer be?
I want mine to be something special, an imperial stout or a sour. Something barrel aged and innovative. This occasion not only celebrates the arrival of my new love, but the re-emergence of an old passion.
So, don’t take your beer for granted. There are thirsty mothers-to-be out there. Cheers!