Sunday, June 15, 2008

My Push Present

You hear about the notion of a "push present" all the time now for new moms. I don't even think I had heard of the trend when I had Caroline and I certainly didn't expect anything when I had Bryce. So for #3, I wasn't exactly hoping for anything either. But Jason is coming through for me, being the great father/partner that he is.

See, I like beer. I came to appreciate a cold one in college and when we reunited, he introduced me to GOOD beer. As he began dabbling in brewing his own, I learned more. I wouldn't exactly call me a beer snob since an ice cold Coors Light still tastes great on a hot day, but I can certainly appreciate some of the special brews he brings home from the local specialty beer store.

In my past 2 pregnancies, I have craved beer. So much so that I even drank a few O'Douls while I was pregnant with Bryce. I wouldn't say my craving has been as strong with this baby, but I usually will take a sip of whatever Jason is having and that is enough for me. However, a few weeks ago at the rehearsal dinner for my brother and SIL, the dinner was at a local restaurant that specializes in microbrews. And in the late spring, they always have a wonderful Blueberry Ale. While I was happy to be there and enjoy all of our family and friends together for such a festive occassion, I'd be lying to say I wasn't a little sad not to be able to have my favorite beer. I remember having my first Blueberry Ale many years ago and just falling in love with it. It's not fruity at all but it has the best flavor and you can taste the blueberry essence.

Anyway, Jason knew I was a little sad about not being able to have any and so he took it upon himself to figure out a blueberry ale recipe for his next batch of beer that should be ready right around the time baby #3 is born. Now, I'm not taking any to the hospital with me, but you can bet, I'll probably partake in one after returning home. Some say that beer is good for a nursing mom's milk supply, but I think it will be good for my morale too. 9 months of hard work and a good, cold blueberry ale in July. So not only do I get a push present that I'll totally enjoy, it also was made especially for me by my husband who thought to do it on his own.


(Oh and this is Jason's first outdoor brewing experience with his new HUGE pot and propane burner! I love it because my house won't smell like a brewery for a few days afterward.)


Bracken said...

That is so thoughtful of Jason! I would have to agree that there is just something about a nice cold beer. My dad gets a kick out of the fact that I enjoy drinking beer with him. I hope you can truly enjoy it when you get home from the hospital.

I have to tell you, I don't know why this happened, but I had a dream last night and you were in it and you found out at the last minute that you were having twins. Again, don't know where this came from but I just had to tell you :>:>

Erika said...

Ha ha! No, I can't imagine having twins in there. It's uncomfortable enough at this point with just one. Hats off to moms of multiples - I can't imagine.

Oh and I should add on the beer thing, since I turned 30 or so, I drink one beer and I am ready to fall asleep. So while I still like them, the bloom is off the rose a bit because who wants to take a "sleeping pill" before it's acutally time to go to sleep. Maybe I'm just constantly sleep deprived...

Viv said...

Oh what a great push present! And it's great that he gets to play with his new toy and make you something too! Yeah for Jay!

On a side note, Jace got such slack from some friends of ours for not getting me a push present with Makenzie (I got him a new Daddy gift too so that didn't help much) that for my 30th/Victoria's push present I got a really nice pair of diamond stud earrings. He said that one earring was for each of the times I had to push out a baby! I guess I have to split up the pair in my will so they each have "theirs" right - LOL!