Not drinking coffee wasn't so hard during the first trimester of my pregnancy. I wasn't feeling great and coffee wasn't really doing much for me anyway. I liked how it smelled, but I didn't even drink much when I came back, after my hiatus from coffee. I did order a few coffees while I was home, sometimes it just was the thing to do, I felt cold, or I felt warm, either way it was nice that I could. I read some things about how drinking coffee is acceptable while pregnant, as long as it's not in excess. There were no studies which link minimal caffeine intake to low birth rate or anything like that. However, I read that it is still a stimulant, essentially a drug and it should be used wisely, so I am taking that with caution. I didn't even drink coke until a couple of weeks ago. I will not drink coke or any other soda at home unless it has sugar in it. I just am trying really hard to stay away from high fructose corn syrup. I think it's better to do that. I'm also staying away from any dye or any artificial anythings which is a bit harder to manage, but it's worked alright. I'm going to keep doing this.
While I was home for almost one month I think I had four coffees, all from starbucks. I miss campfire mocha's from Caribou Coffee, but I currently don't know where there are any of those around, the two I knew of both closed down. I'll have to scope it out. I had tea from starbucks, too, though it was before I read that herbal tea isn't always the best idea. Oops. I stopped after that, except some herbal tea specifically for the pregnant lady. I think that some herbs are just really good to stay away from while pregnant because they aren't sure what will happen with them. I mean, some are suggested to help induce labor- which OBVIOUSLY I won't be looking to do until August. But I think there are some that will help with nausea and others which will help prepare the uterus, etc. I'm not a huge tea drinker, so it's not really a big deal to me to not drink it right now. When I am not feeling well I do enjoy tea, though. I guess it's because I usually like warmth on my throat. But, I digress.
When Moe and I finished with customs, and we made it out the doors in the airport in Miami, we were going through a crowd of people who were holding flowers, signs, balloons and other "Welcome home" gifts. I told Moe how sad it was that we were not receiving anything from anyone and it was kind of sad to just be walking through those people who were so happy and excited to see their families. My mom was that happy to see us when we arrived in Detroit though, so that's comforting. (My dad was also happy, but he stayed in the car while my mom met us with our jackets in the airport. Our first stop was Starbucks where we shared a Grande Java Chip Frappacino and a piece of blueberry bread. Starbucks almost always fails me with their baked goods, and yet, I almost always come back for more. I was just so hungry that I needed to eat something before we made it to the restaurant.
Now that I am back in Grenada I've had a few cokes and a little bit of coffee. I mostly love coke, but try not to drink it very often. I don't want to fall back into a routine of drinking it every day, for sure. However, I do drink it sometimes when I am having a headache which has been happening often after I spend an extended period of time in the sun. It's not too much fun at all, honestly!