This is quite simple, Bribe the wife, tell her that every day she allows you to brew, you will in turn take the baby for the same amount of time so that she can do whatever she wants be it hang with friends, take a hot bath, go shopping etc. 50/50 trade off, But you HAVE to keep up your end, or no more brew days for you my friend!Yes, I know what the title implies, feel free to add appropriate jokes/puns.
Anyway, my wife is very pregnant with a due date of next Thursday (6/23). Since this is our first child, I expect life to become quite hectic with limited time for brewing (and drinking).
Luckily I have a batch (my first) in bottles, ready to be had, with a second batch ready to be bottled tonight. When do you think I can brew again? My thought was to brew as soon as possible before the baby will need more of my time (I figured the little rascal will be sleeping and eating the first few weeks).
What are your experiences with newborns and brewing? Can I squeeze in a few hours of brewing without neglecting my other duties?
I have 3 kids, Only ONE of them didn't sleep a solid 8 hrs at night RIGHT after coming home from the hospital.I have an 8 month old so I know what your up against. Like others have said, you aren't going to care about anything else once you have that little bugger in your arms! And trust me, they don't sleep long! Luckily my wife likes my beer as much as I do so when I ask for some brew time she has no complaints. I wasn't in to brewing until about 4 months ago, but I wouldn't have been able to brew with a newborn. You will be way to tired to do it! Drinking is a chore with a newborn (they don't care if you are hungover, they want that bottle!!) Good Luck and Congrats! You will be brewing again in no time.
This. Ours is running everywhere now, but our house is pretty baby-proof, so I'll run out and get a sparge done, or check on the boil here and there. I brew in our open garage, and I'll kinda arrange stuff to block off the burner/keggle so he can run around the garage if I need more than a few minutes with both hands free.Also the little one has spent many a brew day playing with toys in his high-chair, while I mash, boil, etc.... As long as he could see and hear me it was OK with him.
Guys may not feel like this, but they're in trouble if they forget that SWMBO will feel like this. In just talking about this thread, my wife reminded me about this point at least 3 times!Now that I've given you some hope, I am going to say that I can not imagine trying to do anything else the first 6 weeks but eat, sleep, take care of the baby, and take daily trips to target so I could pick up a Starbucks coffee and get the baby to nap in the car-seat...(he didn't like napping until I figured out how to swaddle him.) Seriously, get the "Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD. It SAVED my life! So hold off on the brewing until you doctor's give you the 6 week clearance. It's a good milestone, and by then you will be a little bit more settled into the whole parenting thing.
That's good stuff right there!!joeirvine said:You need to get your priorities in line. Good, quality beer is way more important than the possible neglect of a baby.
On a serious note, make the wife watch her for a few hours and then you can take over and she can go and do whatever females do. You know, cook, clean, nag, and pillow fights with her friends.
This is good. As a father of two I will add that at first you should sleep WHENEVER and WHEREEVER you are when the baby falls asleep, except while driving. You could be very sleep deprived for a short while. After a bit everyone including the baby gets into a cycle of activity.This is quite simple, Bribe the wife, tell her that every day she allows you to brew, you will in turn take the baby for the same amount of time so that she can do whatever she wants be it hang with friends, take a hot bath, go shopping etc. 50/50 trade off, But you HAVE to keep up your end, or no more brew days for you my friend!
ymmv.be there, be a great husband and father and she won't ever flinch when you ask for brew time.