We all have things we can’t live without, things that make our lives complete. Favorite foods, drinks, activities that we just love. Some of these are good for us and others are so much. Occasionally these “loves” border on “obsessions”. Unfortunately these “obsessions” aren’t just for the adults in the house….sometimes our kids have an obsession too. My daughter has one of these…and it can border on an addiction at times.
Hello. My name is Hannah and I am an addict. A chai addict.
Yes, my daughter, at the ripe old age of 3, is a lover of chai and can’t get enough of it.
I blame myself since I, too, am a lover of chai and drink it almost everyday. When I was pregnant with her, I still drank it. I know, I know…yes, it has some caffeine, thank goodness not as much as coffee! I would get my staple almost every morning on my way to work: venti nonfat light ice chai. I was teaching and had a 4 and 2 year old at home. I needed SOME caffeine! Leave me alone.
I’m pretty sure she was born liking it. I nursed her for 15 months and maybe it made my breast milk taste spicy or something, because the first time she stole my cup and too a sip, at around 6 months, she was hooked! I would only let her take a mini sip and snag it back- mostly because I wanted it for myself.
As she got older, she would want more and more. If I was sitting on the floor with her, she’d crawl over and steal the cup and try to crawl away with it. I’d have to chase her and take it back.
Look at this peanut!! She is about 7 months here- not even walking yet and drinking my chai in her Dora chair.
If I had to caption this one, it would be “death by chai”…even though she just fell asleep with the straw in her mouth. *Please note, I only gave her the last little sip, but she still wouldn’t even give me my cup back.
Now that she’s completely mobile, I have to keep it up higher and higher. She has become very adept at stealing my cup, so often times I have to keep it in the fridge or even get a smaller one so I can drink it faster. In the fall or winter, I like to get a warm one, and she’ll ask me “Mama, is that a hot chai or a cool chai?” she doesn’t like them warm. Often Ill just get it warm so I can have my drink to myself! No iced chai is safe when Hannah is around.
Am I a bad mother because I let her have a sip?? I don’t think so 🙂 My mom used to give me warn tea in my bottles and I turned out ok! I’d rather she had a different addiction though, because Mama needs her chai….