Hold My Beer, I'm Having a Baby

When I was pregnant, everyone was asking how soon I was going to start drinking again. What would my first beer be? Who would I drink it with? Where would I drink it? I mean, I'm She's Crafty. I host a show about beer. Wasn't I just chomping at the bit for Shotgun Friday? 

I mean...kind of? Of course, I missed the taste of beer and for every new beer release, I secretly threw a toddler-sized tantrum inside my head. "It's not fair! By the time I'm ready to drink again, this beer will be no good! Wah!!!!"

But, then, a magical little alien came into the world. That little face, so sweet and perfect...and I stopped thinking about everything I was missing out on and started focusing on the tiny life I was gifted. Eventually, I did drink a beer and get back into the hoppy swing of things, but I learned some things about having a newborn and working in beer along the way...

I always have a reason to drink.

I actually have a really good baby, but that doesn't stop me from obsessing about the frequency of her bowel movements or charting her on the growth chart. A cold beer after a set of fresh vaccinations can go a long way. 

I'm Jasmine, and this shit is a whole new world.

Everything has changed since I had the baby. Nothing tastes like it did before. Beers I used to love, are now difficult for me to finish. Beers I never liked before, are now my go-to fridge beers. I have no idea what's happening. I never know where this magic beer-carpet will take me. 

If "Lightweight" were a city, I'd be the mayor.

  It's a one beer to one glass of water life for me, now. Otherwise, I'm telling strangers my childhood stories and whizzing through every Whataburger drive-thru at the end of the night. Simply put, I just can't handle my beer like I used to. 

Beermentia, all day long. 

I can't remember anything. Hand me a beer. We can talk about it for hours; but, as soon as I walk away, I'll forget the name of that beer...or that I even drank it...or that you even exist. I even forgot I was writing this blog for a few minutes...

In six months, this will probably all change. Until then, Shotgun Friday will have to be done from an Ozarka bottle and a quarter can of something I'll forget the name of. 

Catherine Contreras

San Antonio, TX,

Catherine Contreras is a proud San Antonio, Texas native with a passion for craft beer and inappropriate banter. She brings one new and hilarious podcast episode to over 3,000 listeners every week. Each episode highlights Texas craft beer and is filled with inappropriate and side splitting comedy. She is also a proud member of the BarbacoApparel family. A San Antonio based apparel company that caters to Texans and Texans at heart.