I used to be smart. On paper I’m still smart.
Still, I can’t seem to put a sentence together…even though my baby sleeps through the night now. I’m suffering from the risidual effects of a very serious condition that slowly kills off key brain cells…it happens gradually. Thankfully, it’s a temporary condition that lasts for at least a year, but goes away as slowly as it came.
It’s called “Mommy Brain”. It starts at the beginning of pregnancy…the bigger your belly gets, the smaller your brain gets. The disease worsens post-partum, and symptoms peak a few weeks after delivery….when people stop bringing meals and visiting the new baby.
It peaks at a very inconvenient time….just as the offers for help cease, and at the same time when you assume total responsibility for the house, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry and kids.
The timing of this condition is unfortunate. The peak must last a couple months because I’m still suffering from it. It has even affected my spelling. I can’t spell words worth a flip anymore! Mommy brain has invaded my kitchen…this morning I was unloading the dishwasher and found that I had washed a bottle complete with the disposable liner still intact. Guess that’s a way of saving money, but it was unintentional.
It has affected my new baby…I have yet to mail out a single birth announcement or photograph of her to friends and family. I just can’t get my act together enough to put those things in the mail. She’ll be 2 years old before any of my distant relatives and friends get pictures. I promise, as soon as Mommy Brain goes away, I’ll put pictures in the mail!
I totally blame Mommy Brain each time I wash a load of laundry and forget to close the lid. The machine just won’t work if the lid is open! And Mommy Brain was also the culprit the day I met my friend for lunch with my kids in tow. We were almost done with our meal when she happened to look out the window and notice that I left the door to my vehicle wide open.
It didn’t surprise me at all. The funny thing is, I normally would be overly concerned about these Mommy Brain moments. But I know it’s a temporary condition and will gradually disappear in the coming months. And if it doesn’t, then I”ll be writing this blog from the mental hospital because that’s exactly where I’ll go “check myself in” for a break!!!
I’m sure there’s more to this post, but I just can’t locate the words in my Mommy Brain right now.