Coffee Time

| December 31, 2013 | 13 Comments

Life pre- and post- kids: I’m not the first blogger to reflect on the topic, nor am I the first cartoonist to draw on it.

But it’s commented on often because it’s not something you truly appreciate until you’re there. Every so often, you go through an experience and it hits you how much even the little things have changed since your munchkin invasion. Usually (usually!) we remark on it all with humour. It’s a different world, alright, but we wouldn’t trade it.

One such example is preparing my morning coffee. Hubs and I rather enjoy a good cup of coffee, and it was quite the ritual to prepare it back in our DINK days.

Fast-Forward to when Big Bro was born, when we bought one of those automated “home brewing systems” to make our life easier. And, in theory, it has done just that. Although…

THREE STEPS! DISC! CUP UNDER SPOUT! PUSH BUTTON! Who forgets to put a cup under the darn thing?

Me, that’s who. And not even once! FOUR TIMES to date! Rest assured, I am not exaggerating for the sake of comedy. Big Bro found it pretty funny, though. “‘member when you forgot to put de cup, Mama?” yeah, yeah. Ha ha. It was ten minutes ago, but thanks for opening old wounds.

Once I’ve arranged kids and bowls and cereals and toasts and vitamins and bibs and trays and cut-up fruits and milk and spills and spoons that fell on the floor all while hashing out the plan of attack for the day, such a detail might go by the wayside in my overloaded brain.

Following this incident, a friend suggested (jokingly, I think) that the coffee could’ve been salvaged from the reservoir. Another option, I could add, would’ve been to just look in the microwave. There’s likely a stone-cold one forgotten from the day before in there.

We love life with our kids, of course. We wouldn’t trade it for all the fancy-schmancy coffee in the world. I would just like to remember to put in the &$%# cup.



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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Rene says:

    Would love to see the next installment – coffee after the baby was born..can only imagine based on my own experience. Mine is something along the lines of “baby and toddler whining/crying for breakfast/drink/diaper while I ignore them in a foggy haze and focus on the only thing in my line of sight – coffee maker (that was set to make a FULL pot on timer last night when I had 2 minutes) brew the life essence I so desperately seek”.

  2. Laurie P says:

    I bought my parent a “home brewing system”, and my dad forgot to put the cup in place too. Twice.
    Happens to folks more often than ya think lol

  3. Brenda A says:

    Fuzzy Mommy brain is just part of having kids, isn’t it? No one really explains that part prior to having babies. I do not miss those hazy days at all!

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    loved reading this, had a good laugh too. I remember the days though they are now a distant memory, my 7 being all adults now. Life was crazy and hectic but I loved every minute of it, although I was quite exasperated at times and didn’t know whether I was coming or going. 🙂

  5. Amanda Ferreira says:

    LOL it’s called a case of the mommy brain and it is something that I know all too well… How about the one where you used to be able to drink your coffee hot and it took under an hour now it’s always cold and takes me at least 2 hours to drink…

  6. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    lol I feel your pain.

  7. Louise says:

    I love this! You should do one about how much LONGER everything takes with kids. Like going to the gym now? To make a 9:00 am class, pre-kids I could have rolled out of bed at 8:15; eaten and been there with 10 minutes to spare. Now – given they come with – sometimes getting up at 7:00 is pushing it to get there on time…

    As for coffee – we just brew 12 cups in the morning and hope by the time we get through that we’re good 😉

  8. Janet says:

    Ha ha! Thanks for the words of camaraderie, everyone. Louise, I hear you on that one. It takes SO LONG to get out the door, and now that it’s winter, I think I’ve packed less for camping trips…

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha I’ve forgotten the cup before too! I love the convenience of these new machines but I still love a good French press.

  10. Fan R says:

    Once I prepared coffee an put it in a fridge right away for no reason, and after could not find it till lunch time.

  11. kathy downey says:

    I have done that a few times myself lol

  12. kathy downey says:

    I see hubby cleaning this morning…lol he forgot the cup

  13. kathy downey says:

    My grandson making hot chocolate forgot the cup twice over the summer while he was visiting

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