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How Much Coffee Does Mommy Need?

coffee I enjoy an occasional cup of coffee, but I am by no means a true coffee drinker.

Now that I have a newborn and a rambunctious toddler, I have made a pretty important decision going into the new year. In fact, my resolution for 2012 is to start drinking the hard stuff. By hard stuff, I mean a wussy drink that contains more cream and sugar than actual coffee. It’s a start though, right?

My goal is to train myself to enjoy the flavor of coffee without the sugar. I am not sure that I am hardcore enough to ditch the cream, but the sugar is a must.

I know that this is possible, because a few years ago the idea of drinking diet soda was a complete turn off. After a few weeks of forcing myself to drink Diet Coke (I just didn’t want all that sugar in regular soda anymore), I developed a taste for it.

Now, I am totally hooked on Diet Coke. Seriously, what do they put in that stuff that is so addictive?

Sadly, Diet Coke alone just isn’t meeting my caffeine needs anymore. I feel like it’s time to become a grown-up and learn how to drink coffee. I do notice that I feel more energized after a hot mug of coffee in the morning, and I really need every spare ounce of motivation I can find to keep up with my 2-year-old following a night of colic with the newborn.

Holy crap, I am tired.

So, parents… how much coffee do you require to function, and how do you take it?

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