Disclosure: I’m a Sisterhood of Motherhood sponsored partner, but all ideas here are my own.
Do you feel foggy since you’ve had a baby? Maybe even dumber?
You’re not the only one. It’s what we call “Mommy Brain” and it seems to affect just about every mom I’ve ever met. I’ve come to the conclusion that if you haven’t heard or seen signs of it from a mom you know, you either don’t know them as well as you think you do or they’re really really good at hiding it.
It affects some moms more than others. It seems that the more children you have, the greater the mommy brain.
I tell my children that they took their smart brain cells from me. Like literally as they get smarter, I get dumber. It’s true.
Seriously doesn’t it feel like that some days?
Here’s 29 Signs You May Have Mommy Brain:
1. You forget to put a coffee filter in the coffee pot so you end up with coffee grains in your coffee. Or you forget to put a mug under the Keurig.
2. You leave the house wearing two different flip flops and only discover this when the nurse at your doctor appointment comments on your “new style.”
3. You go the store and get everything but the one item you really needed. Because you left your list at home. Or your smart phone app won’t load. (We’ll blame technology, shall we?)
4. You can’t find your cell phone, only to realize 45 panic-filled seconds later that you’re talking to your husband with it.
5. You leave your mug of tea in the microwave and only discover it the next morning.
6. You forget a load of wet laundry in the washing machine for 3 days and have to rewash it because it smells mildewy. But then you forget it again. Thank goodness for vinegar!
7. You forget your wallet at home, but at least you remembered the diaper bag!
8. You forget what day it is and celebrate Father’s Day a week early.
9. You regularly forget what you went into a room to do. And then you get distracted with 10 other projects.
10. You have a hard time comprehending your 3rd grader’s math homework. Is it Common Core or is it you?
11. You can’t remember if you ate lunch today. Truly there is no recollection.
12. There are entire periods of time gone from your memory. What endless days or nights when the baby had colic? That road trip where the toddler was car sick and screamed most of the time?
(That’s when Mommy brain does come in handy. If we remembered every little detail about pregnancy, childbirth, life with newborn/infants/toddlers/terrible 2’s/horrible 3’s and onward, we would all probably stop at just 1 child!)
13. You frantically search around for the missing library book only to have your husband walk in and say “you mean this?” and it was right in front of you.
14. You secretly feel relieved when your entire family can’t find the TV remote either. At least it’s not just you!
15. You can’t remember who that woman is for the life of you. Then your husband reminds you that it’s your child’s Sunday school teacher. Oops.
16. You use the excuse “it’s just one of those days” frequently even though it’s really just every day of your life since you became a mom.
17. You are 110% sure about something until you see it and then you realize you were wrong. Your husband always finds great humor in those moments.
18. You’ve had the same pin number for your debit card longer than you should have and one day, you randomly can’t remember it for the life of you.
19. You accidentally dried your favorite shirt in the dryer. The shirt that fit perfectly and made you feel awesome when wearing it. Until now when it better fits your 7 year old daughter.
20. You panic when you can’t find your cocker spaniel’s face only to realize you were actually scratching his behind and looking at his stubby tail.
21. You can’t find your sunglasses (again) and grab your spare pair. Then hours later, you see your reflection in the mirror – you’ve been walking around with an extra pair on your head all day.
22. You get out of your car and realize you can’t find your car keys. After a minute of searching, you realize they’re still in your car that you’ve left running. (At least you didn’t walk more than a few steps away and you’re at home.)
23. You try to get into a stranger’s SUV parked on the side of the road by a yard sale, thinking it was your friend’s car. Hopefully they weren’t looking!
24. You pour your coffee on your child’s cereal.
25. You forget that the tooth fairy was supposed to pick up your son’s tooth one night. You’re reminded when he wakes you up the next morning with devastated sobs because the “toothfairy forgot me!” #Fail (Thankfully you redeem the tooth fairy by leaving a “sorry, I was super busy” note later that morning along with extra dough.)
26. You forget how many kids you have with you at the park and start frantically searching for a missing child. Then you remember you only came with 4 to begin with and have already herded them around like a mother hen and there is no #5 to be found so you are done.
27. You get distracted with something your kids are getting into and go to church with only half your make up done. (At least you put something on for once!)
28. You think your stove is broken because your water isn’t boiling after 45 minutes, but you forgot to turn the burner on!
29. You put something away in a special place because it’s important and you’ll need it later. Except you can never remember where that special place is!
When I say “you”, I mean me. Every single one of these Mommy Brain moments are things I have personally done over the 12 years I’ve been a mom. And there’s many, many more Mommy Brain moments that I could spend all day telling you about.
I’m sure we can all relate to feeling tired, foggy, and more forgetful after having kids. I’ve been told it improves as the kids get older, especially once they’re grown. But then I’ve also heard that it’s all lies – you never get it back. Time will tell, huh?
It’s just one more reason why to get on board with the Sisterhood of Motherhood, a movement reaching millions that’s about joining together as moms and supporting each other. Because who else can understand things like Mommy Brain, then other moms?
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What’s your Mommy Brain moment?
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