So as most of you have probably gathered by now, I’m pregnant! 34 weeks tomorrow, to be exact and one of the most common questions I get is “don’t you miss drinking?” or “how do you do it, going so long without drinking??? I could NEVER do that!!!”. In the beginning I would respond with something along the lines of “Well, you know, priorities change and it’s just not that big of a deal”. Or something sort of similar.
Well, as I’ve spent more and more time being completely sober my perspective on all this has changed a bit. And, I’ll be completely honest, I’ve sipped a little wine here and there throughout my pregnancy so it’s not the taste of alcohol that I miss. What I miss is the FEELING, the buzz, the relaxation that hits about halfway through your first or second glass and you take a deep breath and settle back into your chair a little bit deeper. The winding down from a long day with a great glass or two or three of something wonderful. That’s what I miss!
When I first got pregnant, Matt and I didn’t really know how our social life would be affected with me being sober and all…but that worked itself out pretty quickly. There was a little bit of a learning curve, but I figured out how to “be” in a bar, party, wine event, etc. with no cocktail or wine glass in my hand. I learned how to socialize and joke and laugh without that familiar warmth of a couple of glasses of wine under my belt. Sound boring? Funny thing is; I’ve actually enjoyed all this. It’s shown me that I have the ability to enjoy myself without the buzz…I’ve gotten to know myself a little better and I feel good about it! All that, and NO hangovers! There’s definitely something to be said for drinking water with lemon all night!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll be diving head first off this wagon the minute Little Browne shows up and I get the okay from my Doctor, but I’ll do it with a new perspective. I’ve got some new skills and I’m not afraid to use them!
Could you do it? Would you do it?
Happy Friday, friends!!! Drink well!!!