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Reasons I Need Coffee in the Morning

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Waking up.  It’s a delicate balance between being mentally awake and physically getting out of bed.  My one-year-old still does not sleep through the night.  So technically, I wake up at 3Am, 4Am, 5:30Am and then finally get out bed around 7.  After all those wake-ups, coffee becomes more of a necessity in my mind than a luxury.

Luckily, I married the right man and he is the exact same way.  So we bought a Keurig and installed it in our bedroom. Yes, just like a hotel.  No, this is a perfectly normal thing to do.  And needed.

Here’s why.

This is what I look like in the morning.


Actually, I need to amend that slightly.  My son is usually in our bed, nursing right next to me in the morning.  I like to have him nurse because it buys me a good extra hour of lying in bed and trying to sleep while he claws at me and sticks his fingers in my belly button in his early morning haze.  This brings me to reason #2.

My son looks like this in the morning.

awake-baby-need-mccafe-coffeeHe wakes up ready to start the day.  In fact, this was him trying to eat the raw coffee beans that I was using to set up my McCafé coffee shot.mccafe-cup-coffee

McCafé is a premium quality coffee made from 100% Arabica beans.  It’s available in eight flavors, so there is a large variety. While I was at Walmart, I picked up the new McCafé coffee pods in French Roast since I like my coffee extra dark. The McCafé pods are so new that they aren’t even on the shelf yet.  I found them in a little corner by produce.McCafe-Walmart

Even better, there was a demo going on while I was there so I was able to sip my coffee while I shopped.

Notice the bags under my eyes.  Reason #3 I need my daily coffee. 

My son is one of the reasons for my caffeine addiction and my daughter is well aware of her parents’ coffee habits.  She quickly learned how to use our Keurig and after she made her hot chocolate one morning, she made both me and my husband coffee.  She just turned 6.  making-Mccafe-coffee-podsShe popped in a McCafé coffee pod for me on Sunday morning while I chased my son down the hall and tried to persuade him into a diaper change.Mccafe-coffee-pod-keurigAs soon as my coffee was ready, I stole away for a quiet moment outside and soaked in our Arizona December weather.  My husband entertained the kids while I just sat, looked out over our backyard and sipped my coffee.  While it may have been short, I treasured my moment alone to just be still and enjoy the quiet.enjoying-mccafe-coffeeI need more of these little moments away during the holidays when it seems like we have a party every day.  I’m still trying to decide what to make as an appetizer for our family Christmas Eve potluck.  If you need inspiration like me, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love?

So tell me, do you need coffee in the morning like I do?  What do you do in your morning routine?

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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  1. Oh my! I have 3 little ones, 6,5 and 2, that greet me each morning like that picture of your son! I wish I had just a sliver of that energy and could be that awake first thing in the morning. But I can’t. So … McCafé it is! I’m glad you were able to steal those few moments along, sipping your coffee. Moms definitely need that little bit of time to recharge! #client

  2. I am a coffee junkie too. Your son’s shirt is adorable. My kids are also skilled in the world of the Keurig barista! Funny, I just read your bio, I grew up in Tempe, and went to U of A. My parents live in Phoenix still, but I’m now in Chicago. I do miss the Arizona “winter”! Happy holidays! May you receive lots of coffee if the kids wake you up early…

    1. Yay! That’s funny. You went the other direction for college 🙂 Happy Holidays! May you get lots of coffee as well. With kids, I know we both need it!

  3. Oh you’re brilliant. Keurig in your bedroom. I’m so jealous. And impressed. And yeah… I remember that haze of nursing. I finally quit with my daughter when she was 19 months when I realized she was waking up at 4:30am simply because she wanted to eat… even though she wasn’t *truly* hungry 😉

    1. With our Keurig, it is super easy. We bought our daughter hot chocolate pods so eventually she wanted to make her own hot chocolate. One day it transitioned into, “Hey, you want to make mama and daddy coffee?”

  4. Too cute! My son came in bed with my every morning until he was four, because he got up so early. Now he is 15, I have to drag him out of bed, and he is the one who needs coffee to get going every day!

    1. Funny how it changes 🙂 I have a feeling my son will be the same way… eventually. My daughter is leaning that way now at the age of 6.

  5. I am totally with you on this post. There is hope, though! My twins started sleeping through the night and it made a big difference. Of course, I’m still pretty grumpy in the AM without my coffee. 🙂

  6. Hey there, I have two kids and I couldn’t post a picture of me in the morning like you did – I’m too hideous! But McCafé coffee is severely underrated, I think.. Cheers! 🙂

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