Hands up who else has got somewhat forgetful since your little ones entered your life! I thought once Josh arrived the baby brain I adopted during pregnancy would disappear. But no, if anything I’ve become even more dopey! Basically my child has arrived and has stolen my brain cells.
And I bet I’m not the only one; how many of you walk into a room of the house and have absolutely no idea why you went in there. Or you stare into the fridge blankly trying to remember what you went there for! My personal favourite involves food shopping. I can never ever remember everything I need so I sensibly, write a list. I can honestly say every single time I’ve got to the supermarket, I’ve forgotten the list, and left it at home, leaving me to guess what I need, wonder round the shop buying things that I usually don’t even need, thinking “It’s ok, I’ll go back and get what I need tomorrow”, only for the whole charade to start again the next day!
I’ve got forgetful at really obvious stuff too; I used to be an avid texter but now I have become one of these useless people who takes two days to reply, and does so during a 2am feed…. what can I say, its a great opportunity to re-read texts I’ve forgotten about and reply! I am sorry my lovely friends.
I’ve also developed an insanely annoying habit of being half way through a sentence and then going completely blank! Half hilarious, half mortifying, depending who I am talking to at the time.
And it seems I’m not alone. Recently I read that “forgetfulness in new mothers” is officially a genuine scientific fact! Apparently it is all down to tiredness, a change in hormones and stress…. hardly surprising really, and the scary fact is that new mothers lose an average of between 450 and 700 hours in the first year a baby is born! Slightly mental if you as me!
It’s not surprising; we have so much going on in our heads. I feel like my brain never stops; Josh is always the priority, when he needs his next feed, what his next class is, then I have so much blogging stuff in my head. I’m forever writing down ideas for my next post. And then we have all that usual crap to contend with; what to cook for dinner, what happened in Eastenders, where did I put that milk I just expressed…….!!
So how are us Mummies supposed to cope with the dreaded Mumnesia. Really I should be coping with it a lot better; I was a PA for many years and one of the things I loved about that job was being super organised. Give me a list book and I’m a happy lady! But I’ve been slacking on the whole list and organisational front for the last 18 weeks. So I’ve been on a mission to get it sorted, especially now that things seem to be getting busier with the blog and I would hate to miss any scheduled posts or linkys!
In all seriousness lists are the way forward (so long as you don’t forget to take the ones you need for shopping to the supermarket). And get a diary; I’d be lost without mine. I think one thing I really need to work on is finish one thing before starting the other. For example, as I was writing this I remembered that I need to book a swimming session for Sams next day off so he can take Josh to the pool as he’s not had a chance to yet. But as I started looking I thought “what are you doing, do one thing at a time”! No wonder I lose track of stuff.
I am hoping my brain will buck up it’s ideas and start working to full capacity again! I don’t want to keep being one of these people who puts their keys in the sink (I truly don’t know why I did this, and you can imagine how much time I spent hunting for they) or who phones up to cancel their bank card then remembers where said bank card is the second its been deactivated, but it seems that is my destiny for now!
One of the many side effects of becoming a new Mum…. and I wouldn’t swap it for anything!!
Thanks for reading xx
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