When I was pregnant with both my little ones, I became somewhat more forgetful at times. Whenever I forgot something people would comment ‘That’s that baby brain again’ in fact at times I even found myself blaming my mishaps on it. Baby brain is one of those things that is still under study’s as to whether its actually real or just a myth. Is it simply just an excuse parents use? or Does being pregnant being pregnant really change the structure of your brain?
For me it is very real and something I wish I could just say had only happened a few times during pregnancy. That now I’d given birth, the fun times of the baby brain had gone, but I’m here to say its still here. My little ones are now aged 4 and 5 and I have to admit ‘baby brain’ or as I would now call it ‘parenthood brain’ is still as real as it was back when I was pregnant.
In fact it tends to be a regular occurrence these days, so much so that I’d share some of my #babybrain #parenthoodbrain moments below. Hopefully someone will be able to relate.
Have I just put conditioner in ?
so I wake up give the kids their breakfast, get them dressed and jump in the shower. I then go to put shampoo on my hair and wash it out which is then quickly followed by me looking over the bottles on the side of the bath and thinking did i just put conditioner in or did i imagine it? this is then closely followed by me trying to work out if the bottle has moved or wet to give me some sort of indication and when that doesn’t I then find myself torn between washing my hair with conditioner a possible second time leaving me doing the school run with super sleek hair or risking leaving it as it could of already been done… but then what about the frizz if not. ARRGGHH!!
Where is the car ?
So we do a mid dash trip to our local supermarkets which happens to have a rather large car park. I get out the car with the list in my head, Nappies, bread, milk…Nappies, bread, milk I repeat whilst heading in. I then grab the bits and head back out and I freeze. I find myself staring around at all the cars, trying to figure out where it was we parked literally about 5 mins ago. So we drove in that entrance and then did we drive down there? or was it that way? uhhhh!!
How old am I?
It doesn’t matter what i’m doing whether its filling out forms for the kids school or speaking to someone or happens to ask how old i am. I find myself pausing, whilst trying to do sums in my head. Trying to count back to important things that have happened in my life and doing sums. So if little miss is coming up 6 and When she was 1 we just moved into our new house and I was ?? = NO CLUE.
Why is dinner taking so long?
So after the mad school pick up dash most days, we come home and after the kids are settled happily I will go and put dinner on. I prepare the food, put it in the oven/on the hob and even go to the trouble of setting a timer on my phone to know whens its done. Time passes and I decide to go in and check on things. Yup good old mummy here forgot to switch it on at the wall. I would love to say this isn’t something that happens too often, but well yeah.
Why am trying to hand this to my child ? The most recent time this has happened was actually earlier on this evening. My partner asked me for the car keys as he needed to pop to the shop for some bits. I then got up, got the keys and tried to hand over. There’s me thinking to myself ‘go on take them then’ ‘why aren’t you taking them out my hand’ finding myself getting slightly annoyed that I’m stood here holding this keys that my partner has asked for. Its only then I look down and see this little 4 year olds confused face staring up at me like ‘what, mum’… bless him.
I could keep this going for a lot longer. But instead I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had any ‘baby brain’ / ‘parenthood brain moments’?
Are they a regular occurrence in your life too ?