I can vaguely remember having it more “together” before I had kids. Somewhere back there, there’s a fuzzy memory of arriving places on time, having the mental acuity to remember a grocery list without writing it down, and not having a $30 tab for overdue books at the local library. I love my boys dearly and wouldn’t have it any other way, but man, I have paid the price in the form of… BRAIN CELLS!
You might, like me, be suffering from mom-brain if…
- You find that you put away the mayonnaise in the pantry, and unfortunately, it’s been many hours since it was placed there.
- Your kids remember your age better than you do.
- You remember to RSVP to an event, but forget to go to the event. (True story – did this for a graduation party this spring!)
- You rush to the oven to check whether what you’re baking is burning only to find out that you forgot to put it in!
- You frequently run into panic moments as a result of being double booked. My mom was watching the boys while I was at an appointment, and she called to tell me that someone just arrived for her violin lesson. Oops!
- You have transitioned from a “can remember faces” person or a “can remember names” person to a “can’t remember either” person. (The place I most often meet new people is at church, and I blame my poor memory on the fact that my brain can’t process new information while also keeping up with four boys who are climbing up the stair railing or running around punching each other!)
- You walk out of the grocery store and have to ask your kids where you parked the car.
- You load everyone in the van, and run back in for your wallet. You come back out to the car with a forgotten drink, the baby’s favorite blanket, and the bag of library books (because the fine is piling up!). Then you have to turn around 3 miles down the road and come back for the wallet!
Happily, I’m not the only one! Here are some “mom-brain” confessions that I’ve gathered from friends!
- You run frantically around the house trying to find the keys that are in your hand.
- You’re driving alone, listening to music. 10 minutes later you realize it’s Veggie Tales, there are no kids in the car, and you can listen to whatever you want!
- You say “excuse us” even though you are out alone. (I’ve think I’ve done that one…)
- You leave your keys in the freezer.
- You call all of your children by an interesting combination of their names.
- You go to sign your child in at the doctor, and can’t remember their date of birth.
- You go to a social event and can’t remember how to have a conversation that doesn’t include interruptions!
- You give all of the children a general task (i.e. – go clean your rooms), then ask one child to do a specific task for you first, then turn around and scold that child for not doing the general task! (Uh oh, I’ve done that one too!)
- Saying “yes” or “no” to a request that you don’t remember hearing, although all of the children maintain that they asked you!
I’m hoping that as the boys get older, I’ll experience some brain re-growth before old age hits and I lose my memory for good! For those of you with older kids – is there any hope of that?